How Can I Motivate Myself to Lose Weight
Motivation and Weight Loss
So, How Can I Motivate Myself To Lose Weight? The greatest enemy for those trying to lose weight is to experience a lack of motivation. It’s the thing that always vaporises when you need it most. Motivation is the thing that’s there 99% of the time, and then suddenly, without warning disappears, just like it never existed at all. In this Blog/Post we will share with you the importance around the role of motivation in order to achieve the secret of successful weight loss.
So just what is Motivation? It’s the driving force behind accomplishing almost every task. It’s the reason people choose to do something, or not. Motivation can be external (a person sees something they want and has the motivation to go get it) or internal (someone wants to accomplish a task they’ve set for themselves and they let nothing get in their way). Regardless of what type of motivation, it needs to be present in order to make progress.
To ensure your level of Motivation is kept at the optimum level it helps to set yourself a few realistic, achievable goals, with a reward built in. Keep it real. I remember a client who wanted to lose 54 pounds, and she booked a short holiday with her friends in Ibiza, for later in the year, as her reward. She kept the booking confirmation and a bikini photo stuck to the fridge.
I am not going to be the ‘Fat’ girl on the Beach
She told me she focused her thoughts every night, remembering the last holiday she took with her friends. She remembered being slim and feeling so confident. Her friends were often commenting about all the attention she received from boys on the beach. She wanted that feeling back so much, that opening the fridge door to binge on one food item, or another, was just not an option. She Was Motivated…
There are two distinct schools of thought about Motivation. Some describe it like willpower as a “Depreciating Asset”. They believe that it is like a hormone, replenished in the brain only through sleep. So, you wake up in the morning and you have a strong level of motivation to do anything. Then, as the day progresses it depreciates. This would fit in with the fact that people trying to stop smoking always cave in around 8.00pm. Most people on a diet will report caving in during the evening, never first thing in the morning.
The second school of thought around motivation is that, once again, like willpower, it is like a muscle. The idea is that the more the ‘Motivation Muscle’ is flexed and used, the stronger it becomes. This also fits in with conversations with people trying to overcome an issue, the more they try the further they seem to get. The more they do it, the easier it is.
Motivation is the driving force for change. If you don’t have enough of it, you will find it very hard, maybe even impossible, to lose weight. A lack of motivation is often the difference between success and failure. You may find that your food cravings are too strong, or that you’re not really sure of what you want to achieve. Finding the right motivation will help you get started and keep going until you reach your goal.
As we have said, motivation is a key factor in weight loss. You need a plentiful supply. The unexpected phone call from friends, inviting you out for a pizza and bottle of wine, will always come at the worst moment possible, that’s guaranteed. It’s when you’re tired, cold, or feeling a little down, that you need motivation to pull you through. The temptation to eat, or maybe open a bottle of wine, will be relentless when you are on a diet.
The intensity and the frequency of motivation varies from person to person, but it can be elevated through specific techniques, such as committing to keeping a ‘Food Diary’. This helps people to see what they are eating, and how often they’re eating, without paying attention, and so makes them more aware of what they’re putting in their mouths. In addition, recording what you eat leads to better decision-making when choosing meals, because you’ll have a visual reminder of past failures or successes.
Use Motivation to Overcome Emotional Eating.
When weight-loss clients visit us, one of the first sets of Forensic Weight Loss Questions we ask include; ‘Do you ever eat when you are stressed, tired, bored, sad, lonely, depressed, or maybe just to please somebody else? This of course is emotional eating. Motivation is very important in overcoming and changing these traits. Read our page on Fasting for a little more assistance.
The best way to overcome bad habits is be highly motivated. What this means is that you should find reasons, reasons you want to change, real reasons that are important to you. You can then use these reasons to keep you going to literally pull you through your day. Read our page around Saying No To Diet Bars or Shakes
How Can I Motivate Myself to Lose Weight
Book a beach Holiday – Why not
You can’t change your habits overnight, but you have the power within yourself to find the reasons that are important and powerful enough to implement real change. Search deep in your mind. Take as much time as you need to understand just what makes life worth living in your world, then fight through those cravings!
A great strategy that has proven to help is being motivated by something or someone other than yourself— sometimes we need an extra push from our loved ones (or even pets) if they will listen.
Strategies for Building Motivation
FAQ 1. What will Success look and Feel Like?
ANSWER: “In order to build motivation, you need to have a plan of what you expect and want to happen when you reach your goal weight. Factoid: “The real key to building motivation is to realise that the goal you are working towards is getting you much closer to something. Overcome the pain, and the payback is just around the corner…
FAQ 2. Close Your Eyes, see the future… How do you do that?
ANSWER. Find somewhere warm, safe and quiet; sit, or better still, lay down. Close your eyes, and daydream about what life will be like at your goal weight. Really see yourself, the new clothes, the fresh hairstyle and jewellery. Feel the elevated level of confidence and energy. Now, bottle that feeling up. Then use it to expand the level of motivation, when the call for the pizza arrives. You can go to Ibiza looking like a million dollars, or, of course, you can have a slice or two of pizza, but sadly, you cannot have both. There is a little secret that psychologists have been using for years. It’s the ‘Weight Loss Miracle’.
FAQ 3. Choose your Battles
ANSWER. Well, at least choose the time of the battle. You will always be in your strongest position at the start of the day. In contrast, by 4.00pm your levels of motivation and willpower will start to reduce, and you will become vulnerable. Just by being aware of this, it can make all the difference. You can read an interesting post here. Why Diets Fail.
Top Weight Loss Tips
Tip No. 1 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!
Reduce Your Calorie Intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, consumed, on average, around 20% less food than previously. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.
Tip No. 2 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!
You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!
However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.
Tip No. 3 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!
A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!
A Permanent Solution to Weight Loss
Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Are you becoming weary of your efforts, always resulting in you regaining all the lost weight? Has your approach to dieting made you fear social events?
Are you looking for a Medically Endorsed solution; one based on thousands of hours of experience? Do you dream of finding a ‘Permanent Weight Loss’ treatment? Have you searched on Google in the hope of finding a proven programme? Maybe something that doesn’t involve undertaking a restrictive diet, doing lots of exercise, or having invasive surgery… And no need to buy any “Meal Replacement” products!
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How Can I Motivate Myself to Lose Weight
Martin and Marion Shirran, the developers and joint Clinical Directors of My Weigh Less, appeared on both the Good Morning America and the This Morning Breakfast Show. Kay Lindley, photo below, lost over 105 pounds, and reversed her type 2 diabetes, following her treatment with the Shirrans.
So go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream about what it would be like to be slim and healthy. If you were at your target weight? And then imagine if you never had to go on a diet again, or be afraid of food? What if you were able to enjoy every social event? And you also had an abundance of extra energy, and improved self-esteem.
Welcome to the evidence-based My Weigh Less Master Class. A proven, psychology focused downloadable weight loss treatment, that delivers Permanent Results. It’s also based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical hours treating overweight clients. Sarah Hart, below, lost 140 pounds following her treatment. Follow this link to hear a complimentary audio introduction of the course.
No Diets, Just Psychology
The My Weigh Less treatment is psychology-focused, built around the experience of treating over a thousand clients. The fully downloadable treatment has also been the subject of extensive real person trials. But, as with your considerations regarding any weight loss approach, do take a look at the verified case studies, and their before and after photos on the My Weigh Less Site. And afterwards, if you require additional comfort, visit the Medical Endorsement page.
consists of twelve, one-hour weight loss sessions, with the Shirrans, who have accumulated in excess of 15,000 hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
Martin Shirran below was one of first trial candidates.
is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. It’s also completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. And now, you can also experience all the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food from the comfort of your own home. Martin, above, also went on to lose 84 pounds himself.
Permanent Weight Loss is the Goal
If you want to lose weight permanently, and have looked into different diets, and possibly even surgery, then take a step back, before you decide which approach to adopt. You don’t need to spend any money right now, but just take ten minutes to read the pages of the My Weigh Less website. After all, you have nothing to lose. There’s further information on the Shirrans’ GMB website.
Marion Shirran, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. In addition, Marion is registered with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity. She also looks forward to being able to share her vast experience, and help you achieve your weight loss goals.
The Downloadable Weight Loss Solution.