Diet motivation, well, it seems that you always find it hard to stick to your diet plan and fall off the wagon mighty fast and easy....
If you have been been on a diet, you always have this initial powerful motivation and determination you exude when starting out. You set clear-cut weight loss goal. You're determined to achieve it, no matter what!
For the first couple of weeks, as you're running on euphoric high and on fresh enthusiasm, you stick to your diet and achieve impressive results! You feel the diet would work and you want to keep going until you reach your goal.....
Ha! As time goes by, you lose weight more and more slowly and could even gain a few lbs here and there at some point. You begin to see your motivation slipping away; that staying motivated "hurts" real painful!
If that's the case, I want to share 6 powerful insights with you, to keep you from ditching your diet plan and to generate fresh bout of enthusiasm for you.
1. Set Sensible Weight Loss Target
Don't set unrealistic goals, such as losing 30 lbs in 2 months, as it's gonna overwhelm you - you'll be under tremendous pressure to do all things all at once, which eventually ruin your chance of success.
Just focus on your health and create sensible eating strategies - set smaller, achievable goals, like losing 5 lbs or going down by one dress size. This will take away your "fear" and "stress" and you feel more at ease and confident to achieve it.
2. Measure Yourself All Over
I mean measure literally all over- your bust, waist, hips, thighs, butts and upper arms. Take down all "vital" measurements.
Every 2 week or a month, re-measure yourself.
Every 0.5 inch lost will do wonders for you.......
3. Attitude Change
The right motivation really boils down to your attitude. Losing weight is a slow process; it's easy to give up before you hit your target goal.
It entails real lifestyle changes and it doesn't happen overnight. You've a higher chance at keeping the weight off if you lose it slowly and healthily.
If you rush through with all sorts of short-cuts (diet pills, potions, magic formulas....), they're the real killer of your motivation to diet because the minute you stop taking them, you pile on the lbs like nobody's business......
On the other hand, if you go for a slow, sensible and healthy weight loss of 1 lb per week, you won't even feel the pain of doing it and the weight will come off and stay off for good.
4. Setbacks? No Big Deal!
You'll bound to give in to temptation from time to time. It's OK. No big deal.
Just don't let a single splurge become an all-out binge - you know, the syndrome: "I've already blown it so I might as well finish whole tub of the ice-cream!".....
Don't perceive it as a failure and an excuse to forgo all your effort.....
When you slip up, so what? Forget it! Carry on with your diet plan!
5. Plateau, Diet Motivation Buster?
Ah...the dreaded weight loss plateau. You've been doing everything right, exercising and eating well and the lbs have steadily dropped. Then suddenly, it's zil. The lbs stay same several days in a row.
Hello, this is perfectly normal. Don't panic and don't get frustrated!
You should turn it around and congratulate yourself on the success you've had so far. The plateau is a natural part of the weight loss process.
When you hit it, try something slightly different to jump-start your diet. May be commit yourself to expending an extra 100 calories a day with walking, for example, and also look honestly to see if you're backsliding in little ways with your diet.
Normally, a few small adjustments here and there and you're back on course.
6. Reward Yourself
Dieting is hard work and no fun sometimes.
Hence, little rewards along the way can serve as incentives to keep you going.
Set mini-goals and reward yourself when you reach them. Reward could be a massage, a pair of designer sport shoes, a new pair of jeans, a hot bubble bath......
When you celebrate your diet success in this way, you strengthen your resolve to continue on.
Cecelia Yap is an avid exerciser and author of the popular exercise website: perfect-body-toning.com - a web site born out of her passion which she successfully turns into a profitable business
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