How to Stay Motivated When Losing Weight
How to stay motivated and keep going until you reach your goals.
Staying motivated and on track for weight loss can be difficult. It is very easy to lose hope and motivation, or just give up, when it becomes hard or when the results are not as great as we expected them to be. This can cause us to believe that we will never be able to lose weight, that it is just not possible or destined for us.
The good news is that this is completely false. To help you, we have put together some tips and tricks to get you to stay motivated if losing weight is your goal.
The link between weight loss and motivation
The first step is to understand why we lose motivation for losing weight in the first place.
We are all told that losing weight is simple – just eat less and work out more. While this is true on the surface, we need to listen to the inner voice that is inside us. Motivation is something that comes from the mind, and we should pay attention to this when talking about weight loss.
Research shows that there is a correlation between mentality and goal failure, and that we think that we have more control over our behaviour than we actually do. What this means is that there is more to successfully staying on a weight loss programme than just deciding that you are going to do it. Outside factors such as stress, anxiety and the environment also play a very important role. These outside factors can limit or affect the choices that we make.
It is also important to realise that while we do want to lose weight, this will involve doing things that we most probably don’t want to do on a daily basis. This may be planning what to eat in advance, avoiding tasty but unhealthy food, feeling hungry etc.
Hey – no one said losing weight is going to be easy. But the great thing is that it is possible, it is achievable and it is so, so worth it. If you are looking for some great advice on how to start and maintain a weight loss programme, here are a few main things to think about.
1. Set realistic goals
By far the most important tip to consider.
If you set goals that are not realistic or that are too difficult to achieve, you greatly increase your chances of abandoning your weight loss programme. It is very likely that you will lose all motivation as soon as you see that you are not achieving your goal or seeing the results you were looking for.
Make sure that your weight loss goals, and the changes that you want to make, are attainable. Don’t set out to undo all the bad habits you have picked up over the years in the next week. For example, if you feel that you have gained 20 pounds in the last two years, don’t set out to lose them by the end of next month. The same goes for food choices and habits. If you have never been the type of person who likes to exercise, don’t make plans to run 3mi every day starting tomorrow.
A goal that is realistic for one person will probably not be realistic for everyone. Avoid meaningless and motivation-destroying comparisons with others. Think of something that works for you, and focus on yourself. Enjoy the process and the journey that you have set out on. Enjoy being slightly better today than you were yesterday.
2. Track your progress
There are several ways of tracking your progress. The first, and most obvious one, is to use a measuring scale. It is not a good idea to weigh yourself every day, as your weight can vary and some days you may find yourself plateauing or even gaining a bit of weight. A weekly weigh-in works best, as it gives a realistic result of your progress. It gives you the time to either congratulate yourself on your success for the week or think about improving or changing an aspect of your diet so that you can have better results next week.
If you are exercising, track your progress in terms of what you are achieving, For example – you could only run for 10 minutes initially, but are now able to jog for half an hour.
Write these achievements and your progress down. Writing them down makes them more real and more tangible, and gives you a visible reminder of how far you have come.
3. Get motivated with others
You are not alone, and being part of a group of people with similar goals will help. If you can, join a gym or fitness group or search for an online support group. When you see other people similar to yourself achieving their goals, it is easier to see that you can do it too. Research has shown that people are more likely to follow through on a weight loss plan if they have social support
4. Work on your surroundings
Make life easier for yourself by removing unhealthy snacks and high-calorie foods from your home. Try exchanging them for healthier options. Having easily accessible junk food around you will put unnecessary strain on your willpower, and will make it more difficult for you to follow through with your programme. When having a meal, turn off the TV and don’t look at your phone; research has shown that not paying attention to what we are eating can cause us to eat much more than we otherwise would.
5. Use Herbalife products to help you achieve your goals
There are many great ways to lose weight, improve your diet and live healthier. Using Herbalife products is definitely not the only way to achieve your goals; the tips above will work for any method you choose. What makes Herbalife programmes great is how convenient and simple they are to follow. If you are interested in losing weight you may want to check them out.
How Herbalife shakes can help you lose weight
Herbalife shakes are simple and convenient – Researching what to eat, planning ahead and preparing meals can be very difficult. It is also just too easy to reach for an unhealthy and calorie-rich snack or meal when you are hungry. With Herbalife shakes, you know you are having a healthy, low-calorie and nutritionally complete meal. The shakes taste great, are ready in seconds, keep you feeling full and are always at hand.
Herbalife shakes are healthy – Every shake is packed with loads of vitamins, minerals nutrients. The high protein content keeps you feeling full and curbs cravings for sweets and unhealthy snacks. Have the shake for breakfast for a few days, and you will feel a noticeable increase in energy and alertness.
Herbalife shakes make calorie counting easy – If you are counting calories, Herbalife shakes will make it even easier. There is no need to make complicated lists or scan bar codes. You know exactly what you are eating for every meal.
Herbalife shakes are affordable – Losing weight and eating healthy does not have to be expensive. A tub of Herbalife shake costs £24.95 and is enough for at least 21 meals. This works out to only £1.18 for every healthy, balanced low-calorie meal.
Herbalife shakes are great with exercise – The high protein content provides you with energy and helps maintain healthy, lean muscles while burning fat. Whatever your activity, the Herbalife shake will be a great meal to support you.
Herbalife shakes are flexible – The shakes are ready in seconds, and can be taken with you wherever you are. Herbalife shakes make your life easier and fit into your rhythm and schedule. They give you the time and freedom to live healthy.
We hope you enjoyed reading our short guide, and that you picked up something that will be of help if you are trying to lose weight. We really believe that Herbalife products are a great way to lose weight and be healthier. If you are interested, take a look at our weight loss programmes by clicking on the link below.