To motivate yourself to lose weight, you must consider the benefits of losing weight loss. You need to find reasons to lose weight. However, you must be realistic when setting goals. The problem with many diets is that they promise quick results, and often with little effort. Many people respond to the lighthearted, upbeat optimism of various diet programs only to be disappointed when the hype wears off.
If you believe in quick weight loss diets or schemes, you will be disappointed. The bottom line is that rapid weight loss programs are only short term. Once you’ve achieved some weight loss, there is a certain point where old habits and pre-programmed appetite signals start to take over.
The fact is that during the diet your body works against you; that is, food shortages send signals of famine, and metabolism adjusts by slowing down to conserve energy. The body needs a constant supply of food to keep the metabolism at a good level of fat burning. You want your metabolism to work with you and not against you.
The key is to eat foods that are not very high in fat (fat is high in calories) and low in refined and starchy carbohydrates. Feed the body high fiber, low calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Add to that plenty of water, adequate servings of lean protein, and regular exercise and you’ll turn your body into an efficient fuel-burning mechanism.
In other words, it is a change in lifestyle that is important, not a participation in low-calorie fad diets. Just by making a few changes to your diet, you will reduce your total calorie intake without starving. And your metabolism will actually increase rather than decrease.
Now that you have an idea of how to achieve weight loss, Here are 5 tips on how to stay motivated:
1. Be patient. It took most people years to gain those extra pounds. It won’t go away in a few weeks. Be realistic. Your goal should be to lose between one and two pounds per week. Studies have shown that long-term weight loss with smaller reductions in food intake and a gradual increase in exercise participation is more effective for long-lasting weight loss than a fad diet.