Motivation

When the going gets tough...

Motivation is an important factor in losing weight. Get your motivation going by reading these tips on beginning and maintaining a weight loss routine.

Diet Motivation Tip #1 – Set Realistic Goals

Before you even start your diet and weight loss efforts, you need to be realistic about things. Not only is it important to set specific goals in the beginning, but it’s also important to set realistic ones.

One of the biggest predictors of diet and weight loss success is having a plan that you can realistically accomplish. This means setting goals that are practical and attainable in a reasonable period of time. So don’t overreach! Generally speaking, healthy weight loss using natural methods is going to produce about 2-3 pounds of weight loss per week.

And write things down. You should put your goals on paper and track your progress. This will help keep your goals in check and ensure that you’re being realistic about things.

Diet Motivation Tip #2 – Go Slow

The truth is, the best diet is one that is incorporated into your lifestyle for the long-term. A healthy, balanced diet high in protein and low in fats and sugars is the best way to go. Fad diets often ask you to make extreme changes right off the bat, and that’s why they fail. They can’t be maintained for any extended period of time.

So what’s the best way to do things? Take things slow, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and make changes that can last. Making lifestyle changes will lead to the most success and the best results, without the rebound!

Diet Motivation Tip #3 – Expect Setbacks

This may not sound very motivating at first glance, but the more realistic you are about dieting and weight loss the more successful you’ll be. And setbacks are a reality of any diet program.

Expecting setbacks can help you keep the right mindset during your efforts and stay motivated to move past them. And plan right for the setbacks. Don’t let one little slip-up lead to an all-day binge. Forgive yourself, and move past it by making the right choices again.

Diet Motivation Tip #4 – Don’t Do It Alone

One of the biggest motivators throughout any diet or weight loss program is a buddy. Having a friend doing the same program with you can really help you stay on track.

And by the way you don’t have to take this all so seriously. Go grocery shopping your buddy and see who can find the healthiest foods and spend the least money. Pre-plan with this strategy so you have a kitchen full of healthy foods and are not lead to temptations. I whole-heartedly believe this is the best strategy to stay on track and way better than any “cleanse” that is supposed to clean out your digestive system.

The biggest factor here is accountability. Checking up with each other on a regular basis might just give you the motivation you’re looking for.

Diet Motivation Tip #5 – Reward Yourself

Believe it or not, rewarding yourself can be incredibly motivating. I recommend rewarding yourself once every week or two. And rewards can be anything from a cheat meal (one won’t hurt you, I promise!) to a new pair of shoes or a cool gadget. Having something to look forward to can help get you through the tough days!

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