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Motivation to Lose Weight

October 25, 2013

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Everyone needs motivation to lose weight. It’s easy to stay motivated when you see results or feel a change but how can you be motivated from the very beginning or if you’re not seeing results as quickly as you want or your results have become stagnant and plateau. Noticing a change in your weight, energy, how your clothes fit these are all great positive feedback to give you motivation to lose weight. But positive feedback is only going to get you so far. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you will need more than just positive feedback to motivate you. You will need to change the way you think about losing weight.

Losing weight is hard; no one ever said it was an easy task. But keeping the weight off is even harder. Motivation plays a huge role in both. Motivation to lose weight and to keep it off is all about changing your way of life. Exercise and nutrition are key tools to help you lose weight and keep it off. By implementing these tools into your lifestyle appropriately you can lose weight and stay motivated.

Food can be a friend or foe when trying to lose weight. For those of us trying to lose weight, we use food as emotional support, during times of stress or boredom, and let our taste buds determine our foods and portions. If you want to lose weight you need to change how you think about food. Use food as motivation to lose weight. Food is the fuel that helps you stay energized, repair muscle tissue, and burn fat. This includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables.  Sugars, unhealthy fats and processed foods will only add on the calories and give you temporary satisfaction of taste. The next time you are trying to decide whether to eat that cookie, ask yourself will this help me lose weight? If the answer is no then put it down.

Exercise is a vital component to losing weight.  For those of us who don’t get enough of it, starting to exercise is not easy. However, if you think for one second you can have six pack abs or the body you desire without exercise then you are out of your mind. Exercise burns calories, builds muscle and gives you energy. So how do you use exercise as motivation for weight loss? By doing it every day, regardless of whether you feel like it, or whether you want to. This will become habit and when it becomes a habit you won’t want to go a day without it.

Don’t get me wrong, you need motivation to lose weight. Mantras, pictures, inspirational stories, workout buddies, personal trainers, these are all ways to keep you motivated on your path to losing weight. But keeping it off is a way of life and to stay motivated for healthy living you need to change how you think about losing weight.