9 Ways To Get Motivated To Lose Weight
Let’s get one thing straight: being healthy isn’t just about a number on the scale. There are tons of other variables that affect your health besides your weight, and everyone is built a little differently. However, if being overweight is affecting your day to day life, sometimes weight loss is the goal. When you start eating right and exercising more, weight loss is a natural byproduct. Unfortunately, even if you know how to lose weight, finding the motivation to actually make those healthier choices can be another story! We’re here to help psych you up and find the inspiration you need to finally make a change for YOU. Here’s how to get motivated to lose weight today.
1. Find Your Why
Weight loss isn’t just a vanity game. If you are overweight, there are a number of reasons to lose weight: to have more energy, to keep up with your kids, to lower your cholesterol, to live longer! I always tell people to find their “WHY” for weight loss, and remind themselves of it every single day. If you are connected to your reason for doing something, you’re more likely to do it. The clearer you can be about your reasoning, the more motivated you will be. Long term payoffs, like disease prevention, are incredibly important, but some people also need an immediate payoff. Think of how great you feel about your body after a tough workout and a day of healthy eating—that can be your why, too!
2. Set Specific Goals
Psych yourself up to lose weight by creating a specific game plan. How much weight do you actually want to lose? And how will you make it happen? Choose your workout and healthy eating goals and write them down! Maybe your goal is to do cardio three times per week and strength train twice a week. Or maybe one of your goals is to eliminate all soda and sugary beverages from your diet. These are concrete goals that will help you lose weight. Tackling weight loss one goal at a time makes it more manageable and exciting.
3. Seek Out A Supportive Community
Wanting to lose weight can sometimes be a lonely journey. Passing on party foods or spending more time working on your health can be isolating if your friends don’t understand. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with a supportive community who can keep you accountable and encourage you with positivity. Join a gym, enlist a workout buddy, hire a health coach, or join an online fitness community of other people who are putting a renewed focus on their health. It will motivate you beyond measure!
4. Create a Positive Daily Affirmation
Weight loss is not just a physical challenge, it’s a mental one. Even before you start your weight loss journey, create a morning mantra that you recite to yourself to get yourself motivated. Maybe it’s “I’m worthy of self-care, and working out and eating right are part of that self-care.” Or maybe it’s as simple as “I will make healthy choices today.” Whatever mantra you feel connected to, develop one and repeat it to yourself. Build up your mental toughness and your self-confidence so that when push comes to shove, this mantra can get you through days when you don’t feel like working out or are feeling low.
5. Don’t Withhold Your Own Self-Love
Focusing on your goals is great. But withholding your own approval “until you lose weight” is not a good plan. Self-love starts and ends with you, and no number on the scale can give you the internal validation you need to believe in your own worth. You have to love yourself TODAY because of the beautiful person you are, not withhold your own self-acceptance until you reach your goal weight. Coming from a place of self-loathing will NOT motivate you to be healthy; in fact, it can lead to shame spiraling and negative associations with exercise and eating right. There’s that saying “I workout because I love my body, not because I hate it.” Know that you are good enough just as you are, and view your journey to better health not as a punishment, but as a reward—you are treating yourself the way you deserve to be treated.
6. Establish A Rewards System
Human beings are hardwired for positive reinforcement, and some healthy rewards along the way can really work if you’re wondering how to get motivated to lose weight. (As long as you’re not rewarding yourself with a binge day of ice ream and junk food after a week of healthy eating, of course.) Maybe it’s a relaxing pedicure if you get all your workouts in that week, or a new cookware set to make some healthy meals. Maybe you decide you’ll purchase a new piece of workout equipment or new workout outfit after a month of accomplishing those specific goals you set. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, just put some little rewards in place to motivate you to get moving.
7. Stop Making Excuses
The best way to get motivated to lose weight is to stop making excuses as to why you can’t start today. During the holidays, we often tell ourselves “I’ll start in the New Year.” It’s the same on weekends, saying “I’ll start eating healthy next week.” There is no time like the present, and if you want to lose weight, you need to cut the excuses and stop the denial. The time is now. You have the power with every moment, every choice, to do something good for your health. Don’t let another opportunity slip through your fingers.
8. Expect Progress, Not Perfection
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by aiming to do everything perfectly right away. You will have days when you muddle through your workouts and others where you feel on top of the world. Try to avoid “all or nothing” thinking, where you totally scrap a day if you eat a cookie or miss a workout. Follow the 80/20 rule of looking at your weight loss journey: aim to eat right and workout 80% of the time and absolutely expect that 20% of the time you are a human being (and not a robot!) and life will get in the way of your ideal plan.
9. Develop A Routine That Becomes Second-Nature
The easiest way to get motivated to lose weight is to make it….EASY! Develop a routine that becomes second-nature to you. I’m not saying to do the same workout every day—that would be boring and ineffective! Just have certain variables that you don’t have to think about: pick a time of day when you’ll usually be able to workout and make that your no-excuses workout time every day. Prep healthy meals for the week ahead on a Sunday so you don’t have to guess what to have for dinner after a long day of work. Make your new healthy lifestyle SO second-nature that it’s hard NOT to get those workouts in and eat healthy. They say that “motivation gets you started, but habit keeps you going.” Set yourself up for success, and you’ll stay motivated on your journey to weight loss and better health.