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How do I get enough motivation to lose weight?

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Last Updated: 11/14/2020 at 9:46pm
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February 13th, 2017 1:05am
Keep your mind focused on the overall goal. When you're about to give in to eating something unhealthy, realize that what you want right at the moment is not comparable to what you want the most for yourself. Also, just as a side note, make sure to keep eating healthy, meaning don't ever stop eating. I know sometimes people will say that if you fast, you'll lose weight quicker, but it's actually the opposite. Good luck! :)
February 19th, 2017 9:27pm
You might want to start a journal and list all the reasons you want to lose weight and how that will change your life. Sticky notes on the fridge or pantry with your "why" also helps as a reminder too. It would be great to have someone you can depend on to check in with you on how things are going. Knowing you will have to admit when you get off track to someone else is a great motivator. A good listener or therapist here could help you with that if needed.
April 5th, 2018 4:56pm
#1 choose an activity that you like. Even if it burns fewer calories, it does not matter. The important thing is that you can continue it on the long-term. #2 Find a friend, a buddy or a group with who you can continue even during the most difficult times. #3 set short-term goals and not just a weight loss goal, because this type of goal can be stressful and demotivating. Find other goals too. For example, participate in a sporting challenge or improve yourself in something. #4 go there gradually. Of course, to not to hurt yourself, but also to not lose interest or get too tired. and a slower weight lost is more healthy and goint to maintains on long term.
September 26th, 2017 2:52pm
Motivation is a tricky thing but ultimately starts with you. The saying when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired you start the process for change. There is usually a thought begins in your mind that makes you start thinking about wanting to change ie. to be healthier, live longer for someone you love, fit into a cute outfit, you don't like the you you see in the mirror etc. Once that thought begins you either discount it by saying all the reasons you can't do it or begin to encourage yourself and say you could do it. either way change starts with taking one small step. Decide to walk further, drink less pop, drink more water etc. Start with small changes you can master fairly easily and then you will become motivated because you will have more confidence in making bigger changes. Losing weight is an emotional journey that starts in the mind and then transfers to your emotions, actions, attitudes. It's more than just eating so don't be hard on yourself. I encourage you to take your first step and keep moving forward. There is nothing you can't do.
February 8th, 2018 4:49pm
Something I have personally found helpful is to go ahead and write down positive self-affirmations every day. Increasing my self-esteem and affirming myself makes me feel more excited to go workout because it makes me feel powerful. It also makes working out and eating healthy feel like I'm treating myself well rather than depriving/punishing myself.
March 5th, 2017 10:40pm
Just imagine how fabulous you would look after loosing the weight! Just imagine ur walking and all eyes are on you! Think about the benefits that your gona get once you loose weight! You don't need to look for your size in special stores! You can wear trendy clothes which are usually made for girls with zero figure! You need to set up a goal for a day and follow it! It's really easy to gain weight but even more tough to loose it! Once u loose a little weight talk to your friends about it! Tell them what you have done! Choose your own role model! Whom you want to look like! Buy a dress which doesn't fit you! And keep trying that every week after workout! Make sure how much weight u need to loose in how much time! Eat healthy food! Don't stop eating! Drink water before you eat food so that your stomach remains full! All the best! Hope that helps! :)
August 19th, 2017 9:44am
This is not an easy question! It is so much easier to ignore your weight gain or habits than it is to be aware and want to lose the weight. The first important thing is to be aware of your weight and how it makes you feel. Are you unhappy with it? Is it a healthy weight for your gender/age? A good way to get a kick start is to see a dietician or nutritionist to talk about your diet. Changing diet can have just as much of an effect as adding exercise can!
September 4th, 2017 11:15am
Keeping a log of what you eat has been shown to help people eat less, even when they aren't trying to restrict their diet. Maybe that could be a good place to start.
September 29th, 2017 11:14am
You mentioned the words 'enough motivation' That's quite subjective to be honest. I think it would help if you recall the reason as to why did you feel the need to lose weight in the first place (look fitter, to reduce stress etc.) and then realize the importance of having a set exercise routine. Also it helps to remember that exercise has long term mental benefits whilst short term gains that you see help in raising your sense of self esteem as well. If that's good enough for you to get started then so be it, just remember in the future whenever you lose motivation your 'why' is going to lift you out of it no matter what field you are in.
November 7th, 2017 8:43pm
Routine, start slow and build your way up. How can you become motivated enough or have the self-discipline to exercise if other parts of your life are chaotic. Create a diet plan that is both healthy and suits you, use healthy snacks to fill the void. After you've got that in order, start with a simple walk.
February 1st, 2018 5:12pm
Perhaps focusing on weight loss could be the very reason you have less motivation. If you are desiring to lose weight for health reasons, instead focus on the changes that will directly impact your health even if it's not inherently related to your weight. When you make changes with a weight-neutral approach, you may lose weight or you may not, but if your health is better that's what matters. Check out resources among the Health At Every Size paradigm or explore health professionals that may help with your desire to lose weight.
February 26th, 2018 5:00pm
It's really important to understand all the wonderful health benefits of putting down those extra kilos. Also, don't expect to get highly motivated without some practice. Start by doing light exercises and when you will see some results, you'll automatically be ready to push yourself harder.
March 13th, 2018 6:27am
I get the motivation to lose weight by seeing/watching other people who have successfully lost weight, this is because I believe that seeing somebody else who had the same issue makes it feel relatable to me and seeing that person overcoming the issue motivates me to follow what the person done.
October 15th, 2019 6:10pm
Know why you need to lose weight. It should be a strong reason. Then set a feasible goal that suits you. Know that each small action will add up eventually Imagine the life you wish to have after losing weight. Write down your goal and update your progress. Don't get trapped in the feeling that you are doing something highly out of your ways and comfort zone. Start with small making one meal right and healthy for the first week follow by other meals. Make exercise an enjoyable and relaxing time. Do the kind of exercises you like to do....even if it is simply dancing to a song or taking your pet for a walk. Believe in your ability to reach your goal. And keep up hopes.
April 21st, 2020 4:31am
I think its important to look into the mirror and to be able to picture your motivation on why yo want to lose weight and everyday you look in the mirror and you tell yourself that you can do it! You set little attaniable goals and you be your best self and everything else will follow. And to reach out to proper nutritionists and medical professionals to discuss what is best for you. Becuase everyone is different and no BODY is the same. And just because one person lost the weight this way means that the next person will loose the weight the same way.
November 14th, 2020 9:46pm
I am struggling with this as well but I am learning that it is not about "getting motivation". It is about giving myself positive ways to look at this. For instance - I need to ask myself - What would a healthy person do? Would a healthy person eat this box of cookies or would a healthy person eat some fresh veggies? Would a healthy person drive the two blocks to the store or would they walk? It's a constant state of putting yourself in check. Good luck. You can do this!