Are you aware that research shows that only 5% of dieters are able to lose weight and keep it off? I don’t share that statistic to discourage you, but to encourage you to learn everything you can about successful, long-term weight loss.
Finding techniques that can help keep you motivated is important because most of us have been conditioned by our society’s microwave mindset… we want results and we want them now! Every single person who has ever lost weight or wanted to lose weight has gotten discouraged at one time or another because the weight wasn’t coming off fast enough
I’m sure you have heard this before, but I believe it’s worth repeating – you didn’t gain the weight quickly, so don’t expect to lose it quickly, at least if you want to keep it off. Also, research shows that dieters who lose weight slowly, but steadily, have better odds when it comes to keeping it off. And now I’m going to share with you the most powerful tip I know that will help keep you motivated so you can stick with your diet more easily.
Best Tip on How to Stay Motivated On a Diet
The best tip I can give you on how to stay motivated is to get a clear understanding of WHY you want to lose the weight. Is it because you have a special event that you want to look your best for? Are you single and ready to attract a partner? Do you have clothes you want to be able to wear? Do you have health problems that you believe would improve if you lost weight? Have you simply decided that it’s high time for you to feel and look better?
Decide what your reason is and find a picture in a magazine that represents that reason. Laminate the picture or put it in a plastic page protector and put it where you will see it often. And at those times when you become aware that you are discouraged because you aren’t losing weight fast enough, look at that picture and make the reason you want to lose weight bigger than your feelings of frustration.
This next tip will take a little extra effort, but I believe it’s worth it. Take the picture from the magazine to a place like Office Depot or Staples and have it copied in color, but shrunk to a size that can be laminated and put into your purse. Then you will have it available when you’re out and about and tempted to eat something you know you shouldn’t eat.
Hope this tip will help when you are experiencing those inevitable moments of discouragement!