4 Ways to Uncover the Motivation to Lose Weight

10 Nov
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Motivation is an easy kill. Of all its opponents, food cravings pose the greatest threat.

Swimsuits, skinny jeans, doctors’ orders: Which is most on your mind? The promise to commit to a fitness plan is always a personal one, yet one we break time and again. No matter what sparked your momentum, staying the course is central to weight loss success.

Here, a glimpse at the nuts and bolts of motivation, plus tricks for finding the enthusiasm to get moving when simply thinking about exercise seems like a workout in itself.

1. Take Cue
Motivation, by its nature, varies in degrees. Internal Medicine specialist, Deborah Neiman, MD, Medical Director of Step Ahead, a weight loss center in Bedminster, New Jersey, describes it as a transient force. Like a gust of wind, she adds, it can go as quickly as it comes and it just ruffles us up when we “feel it.”

Act now: Keep your workout gear in plain sight—laid out at home, packed in your car, or in a drawer at work. Grab any small spark of inspiration to exercise without delay.

2. Find Your Gold Standard
Clearly, motivation alone won’t help you to lose weight—or you’d have met that goal by now. What ramps it up so you can succeed? Commitment, says Dr. Neiman. When you fuse commitment with motivation you create the gold standard of success. Think of commitment as the contract you make with yourself to act on motivation and get the job done. Need some incentive? Look to a loved one. A Brigham Young University study that revealed couples mirror one another when it comes to health and fitness. Involving a partner ups your accountability, so you’re more apt to stay committed.

Act now: Schedule exercise appointments on a calendar. Be realistic—if your evenings are hectic, try getting up an hour earlier to workout, or squeeze it in at lunchtime. Play around with the schedule until it fits your workday and lifestyle.

3. Anticipate Obstacles
Every weight loss journey presents challenges, and being prepared for turbulence can help you overcome them. “There will be times, or times during the day, when you are more motivated than others,” says Dr. Nieman. “It’s your commitment to the process that will enable you to push through the hurdles day after day.” Keep your confidence on an incline by assaying your short and long term successes, it will help you stay focused when you meet bumps in the road.

Act now: Try a free online diet and fitness tracker, like The Daily Plate. You can calculate your calorie goals, track meals and workouts, and get an accurate look at your progress over various timeframes.

4. Remember: Motivation is an Easy Kill
Dr. Nieman suspects of all motivation’s foes, food cravings pose the largest threat. Temptation, she says, is best with by accepting that diets have flaws. Sure, a blunder here and there may dampen your motivation, but if you stay true to your goals, you won’t sacrifice every future success.

Act now: Stress and exhaustion can weaken your best attempts at thwarting a craving. Practice visualizing a calming scene or try a power nap — both techniques can help you come to your senses.


Originally published on readersdigest.com and mycentraljersey.com


One Response to “4 Ways to Uncover the Motivation to Lose Weight”

  1. wartica November 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Thanks for the tips because motivation is something that could help out a lot of people, especially when it comes to taking care of their body, minds, and spirits:)

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