How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight
By Lana Bandoim
Motivation during weight loss is often difficult to find. It may seem easier to give up and learn to live with the numbers on the scale. However, research shows that setting goals to stay motivated is an essential part of losing weight.
Set Realistic Goals
Research from the University of Western Ontario found that goal setting is an important part of the weight loss journey. Although external motivation such as doctors warning you about health problems linked to obesity can have an impact, finding internal motivation through goals also matters.
Define your weight loss goals before starting a diet or exercise routine. Then, keep track of each milestone and celebrate every pound that is lost. Consider setting realistic goals, so do not expect to lose 50 pounds in one week. Instead, make the goals easy to measure and reasonable.
Set Process Goals
It is easy to set an outcome goal such as wanting to lose 30 pounds before a wedding or big event. You should pick a target weight, but it is also important to set process goals. These goals provide milestones during the weight loss journey. They are also specific and easy to measure.
One example of a process goal is to cook all the meals at home to avoid fast food. Another example is to join a gym to start a workout routine. These process goals do not have to be linked to a specific number on the scale, but you will feel accomplished after doing them. Crossing them off the list helps motivation.
Share the Goals
Sometimes sharing weight loss goals with others is the best option. Family members and friends can provide motivation and inspiration to keep going. They can encourage you to stay on a diet and keep the gym membership. They can also offer advice or take over some of the cooking duties to lessen the burden.
Consider finding a friend who is also trying to lose weight. You can keep each other accountable and motivated. During a difficult time, they can provide support and encouragement. Another option is to create a friendly competition with a family member or coworker who is trying to lose weight. The competition can inspire both of you to keep going until you reach the prize.
Goals are an essential part of the weight loss process. If you are struggling to stay motivated, consider setting better goals to lose weight. They should be specific and realistic.
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