Weight Loss Strategy: What to do When You Lose Your Motivation
The beginning of any weight loss plan is usually easy. You have fresh motivation, you are clear about why you are starting a new routine, and you have a lot of energy and hope. But for most people, that enthusiasm only lasts for about a week or two. Eventually, you tire of the effort, you miss your old foods and habits, and it seems like everyone around you is enjoying all the treats that you are depriving yourself of.
It is a subtle shift, but slowly you begin nibbling on a candy bar, ordering a daily, “just this once” treat, and finding reasons why you just can’t work out today—again. Before you know it, you have lost your way and are in danger of completely giving up.
You are not alone. This happens to most people who try to lose weight and get fit. Let’s be honest: it’s hard. If it were easy to be slim and healthy, we would not have the epidemic of obesity that we are experiencing in our country.
However, you do not have to just sit back and watch your motivation and enthusiasm disappear. You can fight for it! Follow these simply strategies to rekindle your excitement and resolve and get back on track in no time.
1. Get help. There is no guilt in admitting that you can’t pull this off by yourself. Find a personal trainer who can help you with your goals. When you invest money in something, you are more likely to work hard to get your money’s worth! Buy several sessions with a trainer, during which you can work out, go over your food diary together, and discuss any obstacles that are getting between you and your goals.
2. Resurrect your ‘why.’ If you lose sight of why you want to lose weight, it is easy to lose motivation. You started this journey for a reason, what was it? Maybe you just lost a parent to a disease caused by obesity. Perhaps you learned that you are pre-diabetic, and the only way to turn off the ticking time bomb inside your body is to get serious about your health. Or maybe you are tired of feeling unattractive and want to fit into smaller clothes. Whatever your reason, spend some time thinking about it.
3. Find some new recipes. It is very easy to grow bored with the same old recipes and foods. If you are dieting, you probably have a short list of foods that you like that you can eat without guilt. But after a couple of weeks, these foods become tasteless. Tantalize your taste buds with some new recipes. Bring some new healthy food into the house so that you can regain pleasure in eating. You will probably notice a boost in your motivation and momentum.