- It helps stimulate the body’s natural metabolism for digesting food, which adds to the weight loss.
- More frequent, smaller portions helps prevent overeating.
- It reduces the amount of fat and sugar in the meals and helps maintain needed energy.
How to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight
Running out of gas in the car is frustrating. You think, “I just needed a half gallon more to make it to the gas station.” It’s the same thing with maintaining motivation to lose weight, there’s just a little bit more motivation needed to keep on that weight loss path. There are assorted ways to stay motivated and continue that weight loss plan and reach the goals. So let’s look at how to motivate yourself to lose weight.Set Obtainable GoalsFirst, and foremost, be realistic about your weight loss goals. Make them obtainable on a weekly basis. Remember: Every journey starts with one small step. So start the weight loss plan with those small steps, and when that first week’s goal is reached, set a new one for the next week.Let’s think about this for a minute. Let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds. Don’t plan on doing that in one month – mostly because the motivation only stays a few days when results aren’t there immediately, and the frustration sets in; but mainly because it’s extremely unhealthy to lose that much in a month. Plan the weight loss in small increments. Set a goal the first week to lose three pounds and determine the best ways to do that.Think about this when setting the plan. 3500 calories a days is about a pound of weight. Cutting 500 calories each day for a week is one pound – and that’s with no exercise. With just that much one-third of the goal is reached. Add a couple of 10 minute walks, not only can the goal be reached but the motivation is there to attain a similar goal the next week.Rewarding AchievementWith some people, it’s not just obtaining the goal that motivates them – it’s getting a reward for the achievement keeps the motivation up. If there’s a need to set a reward, determine what type of reward does the most to keep the motivation up. For some people it might be getting their hair or nails done; others may find that going to a concert or a movie is the motivation. Just don’t blow the reward by indulging on a huge dinner with a large helping of chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert (that could add back those 3500 calories in just one meal).Plan the MealsResearch shows that eating a larger number of smaller, balanced, healthier meals a day leads to greater weight loss. Set the goal to eat more meals a day and plan the meals for the week. Plan for six small meals a day instead of three large meals. More frequent, smaller portioned meals have several advantages: