Motivation Tips for Lasting Weight Loss Success
Motivation is an important part of long-term weight loss management.
And while you may be struggling now to achieve your goal weight, studies have shown that over time, it gets easier. Researchers have found that people who successfully maintain their weight loss for 2-5 years increase their changes of long-term success.(1)
Start in the Kitchen:
While many people think that long hours in the gym equals weight loss, about 80 percent of slimming success really happens in the kitchen. Long-term weight management means making lifestyle changes, not just following fad diets. So to stay motivated, focus on setting simple goals like eating a balanced diet, choosing low-fat options when you can and eating regular meals. Reaching small goals, like choosing an apple over a doughnut can help you stay motivated little by little, until long-term healthy habits stick.
Professional athletes and figure models don’t get on the covers of magazines without hard work and a commitment to their goals. While you don’t have to look like them, pinning up a few pictures of someone who is inspiring to you may help you stay focused. Choose someone you admire and find out how they reached their goals. This can help you to stay motivated when working out or eating healthy is the last thing on your mind.
A Stanford University found that participants who received a phone call about how their progress was going every two weeks increased the amount of exercise they did by about 78% on average.(2) Workout partners, fitness buddies and healthy diet supporters can be found in the strangest places. Try striking up a conversation with someone in your group fitness class, the instructor or even your local whole foods grocer to find people you can add to your support system. It’s always easier to achieve your goals when you have friendly faces around you.
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