It’s that time again. Time to pull the bathing suit out of the closet and give yourself that critical once-over in the mirror. It’s summer time!
For many men and women, this is the time they dread the most. The time of judgment and scorn, not so much from other people, but from the negative thoughts within their own heads.
Look, we’ve all been there. You make a plan, you tell yourself you’re definitely going to stick to it this time, and then you cheat. Once, then twice, then the plan is completely forgotten and you’re back to giving yourself long, accusatory stares in the mirror.
In the end, it all comes down to motivation…or lack thereof. And with that being the case, what are some of the best ways to motivate yourself to lose weight?
First and foremost, you need to find your own motivation, and lose weight for the reasons that matter most to you. But you can still get help, too! There are actually a number of things you can do that are clinically proven to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
So let’s briefly discuss some time-tested ways to motivate yourself to lose weight, get fit, and get your confidence back!
1. Do It For Yourself
Here’s the hard truth: if you’re losing weight simply for the sake of what others might think of your body currently, then you probably aren’t going to reach any of the goals you’ve set for yourself. The reality is that unless your desire for weight loss is motivated by something healthy, by a need to get fit for yourself and no one else, chances are that your plans are doomed to failure at the outset.
Make sure you want to lose weight for the right reasons. If you’re concerned about your health, great. If you’re concerned about your mobility, great. If you’re only concerned about judgmental looks from strangers on the beach…well, never say never, but a desire that springs from something internal rather than external is going to have a higher chance of manifesting success.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Don’t starve yourself! All of the latest cleanses and starvation diets add up to one thing in the long-run: disappointment. Well, disappointment and potentially serious health problems down the line.
Set attainable goals for yourself, and don’t reach too high too fast. If you decide you’d like to drop 20 pounds, then give yourself the required amount of time to do it in a healthy, efficient manner. Make losing 1 pound your first goal, not 20. Then, go from there.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It works the same way with weight loss. You lose weight by dropping 1 pound at a time, not 20, so make losing 1 pound your first goal. Then, go from there.
3. Create A Daily Plan
Don’t just start out with no real rhyme or reason to your diet and workout routine. Make yourself a detailed and descriptive chart that walks you through your daily routine. You’ll have a much higher chance of sticking to the plan if you know exactly what you’re going to eat and when, and exactly what kind of exercise you plan on engaging in, and when.
If it sounds difficult to figure out for yourself, then follow a proven diet and/or fitness plan that already lays everything out for you, step-by-step. The Fat Diminisher System by Wesley Virgin is one that has become extremely popular over this past year, due to both its ease of use and its effectiveness.
Get yourself a calendar and design a realistic system based entirely upon your own, personal weight loss goals. People who write things down are far more likely to achieve their goals, than people who simply try and “wing it”.