It is very common to lose some motivation when you are trying to lose weight because you will quite often reach a point where you are simply not losing the weight in the way you had hoped or you may find yourself being tempted by those different things that will lead you off your planned diet. This is of course going to pose a problem as it does not take long to undo all of the good work you have previously put in so how exactly do you stay motivated when trying to lose weight?
1. Be realistic in your goals
One reason why people often lose their motivation is that they set themselves a target that is going to be extremely difficult to achieve. People will then tend to become fixated on that target and in doing so they will often ignore the fact that they are indeed losing some weight even if it is not the huge amount that they hoped for.
Instead, look at setting yourself smaller and lower targets that you can achieve relatively quickly so avoid saying you want to lose 30 pounds in a month and instead look at a few pounds a month, but also doing more exercise to get fitter. This will keep your motivation up because you know you can achieve it and then simply move your target to something else and repeat this process as you hit each one.
2. Know that setbacks do happen
Basically everybody that is trying to lose weight will suffer some form of setback and it is how you deal with this setback that will determine if you actually succeed or not. Accept that it is human nature to have that coffee made with cream or that rather tasty looking cake, but realize that one mishap such as this will not result in you piling those pounds back on so accept it happens and move on and get back onto your diet plan.
3. Have someone do it with you
Studies have shown that your chance of success will always increase if you are trying to lose weight at the same time as a relative or a friend as you can help to motivate one another when one person undoubtedly hits that wall of doubt. The person you are doing with becomes your support group and when you see them losing weight and sticking to that plan or doing all of that exercise it stops you feeling sorry for yourself and can easily become the motivation that you need to get back on the right track.
4. Avoid being a perfectionist
A problem with so many diet plans or attempts to lose weight is that people try to be very precise in how many calories they consume in a single day, how much fat, the type of fat, protein, carbohydrates, and a whole host of other things and in actual fact all this does is puts added stress on you when you believe you need to have 1550 calories in a day and you have only had 1346. Keep reminding yourself that as long as you are keeping relatively close to your plan, then your body is going to be benefiting and you really will lose weight. Every day is a new one so if you struggle on one day, then wipe the slate clean when you wake up and start afresh, but do avoid falling into the trap of thinking that you need to eat less the next day to balance things out as this is not the case and in actual fact doing this will make you more likely to fail. Losing weight is more than just watching what you eat or exercising more as you must also pay close attention to the mental side as well because it is the mental part that will often let you down.
5. Set up a rewards system
People who simply focus on losing weight without giving themselves something to look forward to apart from weighing less when they step on the scales are setting themselves up to be a failure. Being on a diet is tough and it is certainly not going to be any fun so work on a rewards system that ties in with the targets you set, but obviously avoid having food as the reward. Instead, promise yourself that you will buy that DVD when you hit your first target and make the reward bigger as you progress with something big and spectacular once you hit your final target. Knowing you are going to get something nice back in return is a fantastic way of keeping yourself motivated while losing weight.
6. Be patient and be open to altering your approach
You can help your motivation by doing some research first into what actually happens when people try to lose weight and how hitting this plateau is extremely common and it has not just happened to you. By understanding that there is nothing wrong it does make it easier to stay motivated during these tough times and when you do hit this barrier consider making some subtle changes to your approach as this can often make a difference. This particular problem can sometimes occur due to your body getting used to a certain number of calories on any given day and also it will be used to a certain amount of exercise especially when you do the same workout routines all the time.
By altering your approach you will stay motivated as you are doing something different rather than being stuck in a rut as boredom is a common reason for people to lose their motivation so freshen up ideas to avoid becoming tired of what you are doing.
Those are just some tips that you may wish to employ when you feel you are starting to lose some focus when attempting to lose weight and the hope is that they will keep you on the straight and narrow and you can continue to work towards your target weight. When trying to lose a few pounds patience really is a virtue as is not allowing negative thoughts to enter your mind. Use that reward system, get somebody else to go on a diet with you, and congratulate yourself as you hit those small, but important, targets and you should find that lack of motivation will no longer be an issue.