How Do I Motivate Myself To Diet And Exercise?

By Subodh / November 7, 2014

Following a weight loss routine can be tough- commitment is an essential part of it, and that’s where most people tend to fail. If you’re one of those who tends to diet religiously and exercise daily, and suddenly, in the middle, you lose your motivation and get back to eating unhealthy, this article is for you.

Keep reading to know more about some simple tips and tricks to stay on track during your weight loss routine, diet more effectively, and stay happy and healthy.

Pretend

The mind is a powerful tool, and the best way to motivate yourself and achieve success in your weight loss goals is to unleash its power. Pretend that you’re a marathon runner or a boxer- depending upon the type of exercise that you usually do. See it in your mind’s eye, feel it, and imagine the environment you’d like to be in. These visualizations are usually thought to help those who don’t feel like working out often.

Save it Up

Another great strategy to motivate yourself is to add some money to your piggy bank every-time you take a step to get to your weight loss goal. For example, every time you swap a pack of biscuits or a takeaway burger for a banana or a bowl of oats, add some bucks to the bank. This way, you’ll be able to treat yourself at the end of every couple of weeks, and you’ll remember how being on track did pay off!

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Photo It

One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated and focused into achieving your weight loss goals is to keep old photos of yourself in shape somewhere where you can see it often. Many people are driven by the positive, so when you see yourself having that nice body structure everyday, you’re more likely to take active steps into getting back in the same shape.

Tester Jeans

If looking at the weighing scale every few days seems to be depressing for you, why not try another way to keep yourself motivated during it? Keep a pair of jeans you’d like to fit into, and use it as a tester to check your weight loss progress. Every couple of weeks, try getting into the pair of jeans and see how far you’ve come.

Go Slow

The popular saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’ holds true here- apart from making changes to your diet, you will also need to improve your lifestyle in general, and make it more healthy. Go slow- don’t suddenly get up one day and exercise for 3 hours straight- this kind of behaviour can backfire and make you even less motivated. Tracking your progress is also an important part- make sure you keep yourself of how far you’ve come and how far you need to.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic and achievable goals is another important aspect when it comes to keeping yourself motivated and in focus when achieving a particular goal. Just like the fact that you didn’t gain all that weight in a day, you will absolutely need some time to get back into shape and lose weight- take small steps and set manageable goals to prevent yourself from getting de-motivated or demoralized.

Post-It

Post-its and small letter pads in the kitchen can also turn out to be a good strategy for you to distract yourself and bring your attention back to your weight loss regimen, especially when you’re in the kitchen hunting for a bag of chips to curb those salty cravings. Place post-it noted all over the fridge suggesting an alternative healthy fruit to something that you’re most likely to eat as an unhealthy snack.

Say it Out Loud

Believe it or not, but simply announcing to yourself that you’re motivated and all set and geared up to follow a healthy diet plan, exercise regularly and improve your lifestyle to get back in shape can help you stay focused and more in control. Whenever you make a healthy decision that affects your weight loss goal in a positive way, such as when you choose an apple instead of a slice of chocolate cake, applaud yourself and tell yourself that you made this decision for the best, and it will help you get the best out of your weight loss strategy.