Regardless of the method chosen, we start out with complete optimism and perhaps vision of what it will mean to us, once we reach our dream goal.
As each new day on our new weight loss program begins however, that motivation can start to fade and it can fade rapidly- to the point of giving up! For some of us, that can be within the first day or two.
So, what can you do to ensure that you stay committed and motivated to reach your weight loss goal, regardless of which strategy you’ve decided upon?
1. Ensure The Method You Chose Is Right For You
The first step you really want to pay attention to, is to ensure that you choose the method that is right for you and your lifestyle. This is really vital if you want to stick with your picked program and not get burnt out too quickly.
For example, I once needed to lose weight for a family wedding I was going to a few years back. One morning as I was getting ready for work, I looked in the mirror and to be honest, I didn’t feel too good about what I saw.
It was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to lose a little weight to look better for the wedding, but the thing was, by the time I made this decision, there was only 2.5 weeks to the function.
After looking at a many alternatives, I had decided upon trying the cabbage soup diet as I figured that it would only take a week to do and the results were supposed to be decent- so I read!
In short, after a week, the diet worked and I lost weight and was pleased with a week’s work, but if I’m to be completely honest, it was a REALLY tough week. I was so sick of that soup and despite the fact that you can have soup anytime you want, you almost feel sick thinking about it. Maybe that helps with the diet!
For those people who are very overweight, picking really high intensity workouts that promises to deliver fast results may sound great, but realistically, it would be too much of a shock to the system to remain committed after the aches and pains set in.
So, ensure that you pick a solution that suits your personal lifestyle and situation.
2. Set A Time Period
If you have a loose time period, I pretty much guarantee that you will lose focus and commitment after a short period. What do I mean by this? Quite simply, if you think to yourself things like “it would be nice to lose x” or “maybe by Christmas I can drop x pounds”.
You need something that is well defined and can help to keep you motivated. It could be an important occasion, a holiday etc. Make sure whatever it is, it has a finite deadline so that you can remain committed.
For me, I was about to celebrate a big occasion within my marriage- so I almost gave myself no choice but to reach my target goal by a certain specific date. So, ask yourself… “why do I need to lose this weight by x? What will it cost me if I don’t lose it by x?
3. Set Realistic Expectations
Another big factor to remain committed after you have chosen the right strategy for you and know when you need to lose the weight by, is whether your method can deliver this result to you within the timeline you specify.
For example, I chose to use Phentabz which on average sees a weight drop of between 3-5 pounds a week. If I knew I had to lose 20 pounds within 3 weeks, how do you think that will turn out for me?
Likewise, always conservatively consider what sort of realistic expectations you have of dropping weight per week and measure it up against your timeline.
This is a little bit of a tricky exercise, simply because there are a number of factors that can come into play here. For example, your starting weight, metabolism and fitness level can all play an important part in making the right prediction.
Always try and take the most conservative calculation that you can, in order to remain motivated. From the example above, I estimated that I would lose around 2-3 pounds a week on average and even gave myself a little wriggle room for those days or weeks where it could be less.
Remember, all these things are based on estimates and assumptions- but try and keep it realistic as you can, so that you stay committed and motivated.
4. Set Small Success Goals
Let’s be honest here. For a lot of people who are trying to lose weight, it is often not that easy- especially with the method they might choose to lose weight with.
So, as you go about dropping pounds each week, I’ve found that a good way of remaining committed and somewhat excited, is to set up little mini rewards that you get once you reach certain target weight loss goals.
Remember to set this up just before you start your weight loss journey. They can be as simple as a buying a new game on your cell phone or perhaps tickets to a new movie you were wanting to see.
It’s important not to over-reward yourself with this little success goals, because you will get used to it and may get bored of getting little gifts that should be exciting.
For me, I set these at 7 pound intervals, which I found enough to remain motivated, but not too much that I got bored or devalued their purpose!
5. Get Massive Leverage
This is my favorite tip! It’s the longer term one that virtually guarantees that you will stay committed right until the end.
Find something that you can get massive leverage from that almost gives you no option to quit. The easiest one I’ve found, was to buy some item of clothing that is the size of what you will become post diet!
For me, this was a dress that a few sizes smaller than what I was at the time. To ensure I remained motivated and couldn’t turn back, I cut off the tag for it too! That way, I had no option but to reduce my size to fit this beautiful dress, otherwise it was a huge waste of money.
You will be surprised how powerful this tip can be.
The other way in which I was able to use this tactic, was that if ever I wanted to eat something I knew I probably shouldn’t, I’d take a look at that dress and almost immediately I wouldn’t dream of eating that chocolate bar!
So there you have it. Follow my tips above and you should have little to no problem in sticking to whatever weight loss regime you chose, and be on your new journey to the new and improved beautiful you!