Weight Loss Motivation Guidelines

Weight Loss Motivation Guidelines

If there is​ one thing that all dietitians and obesity experts agree on,​ it​ is​ that personal motivation is​ the​ foundation of​ all weight loss success. No matter how healthy the​ diet-plan,​ or​ what combination of​ calories and nutrition it​ contains,​ it​ won't help anyone lose weight unless they follow it​ for long enough. Their willingness to​ do so depends entirely on​ how motivated they are to​ change their eating and exercise habits in​ order to​ achieve their weight loss goals.

Motivation Advice Hard to​ Find
The Internet offers a​ bewildering array of​ diets and weight loss eating plans,​ but advice on​ motivation when dieting is​ in​ extremely short supply. Given the​ strong link between diet-compliance and motivation,​ this lack of​ motivational help is​ surprising to​ say the​ least. it​ may stem from the​ fact that many diets are created by people who lack hands-on experience of​ helping people to​ manage their weight. Perhaps they see weight loss as​ a​ biological rather than a​ human process. if​ so,​ I think it's a​ mistake.

Motivating Yourself to​ Lose Weight
I tell all my clients that starting a​ weight loss diet is​ like starting a​ journey. And like any journey it​ requires preparation. we​ need to​ look ahead and plan how to​ overcome problems that occur along the​ way. By doing this we​ take control of​ the​ process and greatly increase our chances of​ success.

Unfortunately,​ many dieters don't plan ahead. Instead,​ they take things as​ they come,​ and rely upon two things: their initial enthusiasm,​ and (when this wears off) their willpower. But enthusiasm and willpower aren't enough to​ overcome the​ temptations and difficulties which we​ face when we​ try to​ change our eating habits and lifestyle.

Stop for a​ moment and imagine taking your family on​ a​ camping trip. Do you rely on​ your enthusiasm and willpower for food and shelter? of​ course not. in​ all probability you spend hours beforehand carefully packing and preparing for every eventuality,​ and the​ whole trip is​ carefully planned out in​ advance.

Yet when you start a​ diet-journey,​ many of​ you set off without any kind of​ planning or​ preparation. It's as​ if​ you are convinced that everything will go smoothly. But let's face it,​ what diet ever runs smoothly? Answer: none! So what happens when we​ encounter a​ big problem? Answer: we​ wobble,​ and often quit.

We Need to​ Plan New Thinking Habits
Planning a​ diet-journey doesn't involve packing equipment,​ it​ involves packing "new thoughts". we​ need to​ rehearse and adopt new ways of​ thinking in​ order to​ overcome problems during our journey. This isn't psycho-babble - this is​ plain common sense. After all,​ successful dieting is​ largely a​ matter of​ motivation and attitude. It's about what goes on​ between our ears!

The Most Common Dieting Problem
The most common problem we​ face when dieting is​ boredom. This typically occurs when our initial enthusiasm for losing weight wears off,​ and we​ become tired of​ watching what we​ eat. we​ become dispirited,​ and slightly depressed at​ the​ idea of​ having to​ maintain our "sensible eating habits" while everyone else seems to​ be having a​ good time.

Losing Direction Leads to​ Boredom
We get bored when we​ lose our sense of​ direction. So to​ overcome it,​ we​ need to​ reestablish exactly where we​ are going. Remember,​ dieting is​ not an​ aimless process,​ it's a​ journey from a​ to​ B. Here's how we​ think when we​ lose direction:

"I'm really bored with dieting,​ it's such a​ pain. I don't have any freedom any more. I can't eat this,​ I can't eat that... I'm fed up. I can't share food with the​ girls at​ work,​ I can't eat at​ my favorite restaurants,​ I have to​ keep saying No to​ food when I visit friends,​ I have to​ watch my family eating in​ front of​ me,​ I don't have time to​ exercise properly,​ I'm never going to​ lose weight and I'm feeling really miserable. Heck! Life is​ too short for this..."

This kind of​ thinking is​ totally demotivating. it​ focuses exclusively on​ the​ negative aspects of​ dieting and signals complete aimlessness. No weight loss goal is​ achievable when we​ think like this.

A Better Way of​ Thinking
Now let me show you some better alternatives. Please compare them with the​ above example.

Example 1
"Hmm,​ my diet isn't going so good. But I'm not going to​ make excuses. I've wasted enough time making excuses to​ myself. From now on,​ no matter what happens,​ I'm going to​ be honest with myself. So what do I want? I want to​ lose weight and get myself into shape. Why? Because I really want that beach holiday (or other very selfish goal) which I promised myself. I want it​ so bad I can touch it! Okay,​ so I need to​ learn how to​ eat properly - big deal! I can easily do this if​ I put my mind to​ it. Heck! Eating good food isn't difficult. What's difficult is​ seeing myself being overweight for the​ rest of​ my life. I want something better. Something a​ lot better than a​ fistful of​ nachos or​ a​ dollop of​ fatty dessert."

Example 2
"Hmm,​ my diet isn't going so good. So let me remind myself why I'm dieting. All my life I've been eating to​ please other people. My mom said "eat this",​ so I ate it. My school friends said "have some of​ this",​ so I had lots. My work colleagues now say "have a​ slice of​ this",​ so I have two! And my kids say "you must try this",​ so I try it. And every time I make an​ effort to​ lose weight,​ everyone says "forget about your diet,​ eat some of​ this" so I do. Well that's enough! No more eating to​ please other people. Today I'm going to​ start eating to​ please me. And what pleases me is​ the​ idea of​ wearing a​ size (?) dress to​ my daughter's wedding (or other very selfish goal). I realise I need to​ eat properly,​ but this is​ a​ ridiculously tiny price to​ pay for achieving my goal. Heck! Eating good food isn't difficult. What's difficult is​ carrying my excess weight around all day. I want something better. Something a​ lot better than a​ 4-cheese pizza or​ a​ box of​ cookies."

Example 3
"Hmm,​ my diet isn't going as​ smoothly as​ I thought it​ would. Never mind,​ I'm sure this is​ quite normal. I can't expect to​ change my regular eating habits without a​ few hiccups along the​ way. Besides,​ I'm looking for more than the​ few minutes of​ pleasure I get from filling my stomach with junk. I want a​ lifetime of​ pleasure - real pleasure from looking good and being taken seriously and who knows,​ maybe finding a​ great partner. I know other people see me as​ a​ fat person - goodness,​ at​ times I do too! - but this is​ exactly WHY I want to​ change. I'm tired of​ being fat. Real tired. And if​ this means learning how to​ eat good food,​ then let's do it! And when it​ gets tough I'm going to​ login to​ Anne Collins forum and get help. All I know is,​ I want to​ make it​ happen!"

Example 4
"Hmm,​ my diet isn't going as​ smoothly as​ I thought it​ would. This morning I watched my colleagues eat a​ whole birthday cake - it​ looked delicious - and I sat there feeling miserable and deprived. Then I went for lunch with a​ friend and chose a​ tuna salad while she ate half a​ pizza followed by two slices of​ cheesecake. it​ was torture! But then I started thinking to​ myself "what's more important - a​ few slices of​ cheesecake,​ or​ a​ really lean shape?" And I decided that looking good was what I really wanted. I know that it's not going to​ happen overnight,​ but if​ I can persevere and learn good eating habits along the​ way,​ I know I'm gonna make it..."

Example 5
"Hmm,​ my diet isn't going as​ smoothly as​ I thought it​ would. But at​ least it's not a​ race. So who cares if​ I have a​ few wobbly moments,​ as​ long as​ I get where I want to​ go. at​ 26 I'm in​ the​ prime of​ my life,​ and I want to​ make the​ most of​ it. I'm tired of​ my slim friends getting all the​ best guys. I want to​ turn a​ few heads myself. I want the​ attention and I want to​ be taken seriously,​ and if​ I have to​ spend 12 months dieting - heck! I'm gonna do it. Last week I saw a​ friend of​ mine in​ hospital who lost a​ leg in​ a​ car crash. the​ doctors say it's going to​ take her 12 months to​ relearn how to​ walk. Now that is​ tough. By comparison,​ my journey is​ easy. And as​ long as​ I keep reminding myself of​ this,​ I'll be fine."

Points to​ Remember
1. a​ diet is​ a​ journey from a​ to​ B.
2. Feeling bored is​ a​ sign we​ are losing our direction.
3. When we​ lose direction we​ need to​ regain it,​ fast!
4. the​ way to​ regain direction is​ to​ remind yourself why you are dieting.
5. You are dieting because you want something better than a​ plate of​ fattening food.

Getting Help to​ Lose Weight
Changing our eating habits is​ much easier when we​ get support from other people. So make sure your online weight management plan includes membership of​ a​ forum. Because only people can offer you the​ sort of​ encouragement you need to​ achieve your personal weight loss goals.

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