How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight
Losing weight can seem hard, especially when we try our best to exercise every day. People all around the world promote weight loss, health and fitness, while most people in North America are unhealthy and out of shape. It seems like only motivational videos and movies like Rocky get people off the couch.
Thousands of people feel motivated to work out as part of their New Years resolutions, but few stay motived enough to stick to long term exercise. January is by far the best month for gym memberships! Diet fads and new workout routines come out every month, yet people are still not fit.
Parents also try desperately to get their children and teenagers to play sports, run around or just be active!
10 Ways To Stay Motivated To Lose Weight
You will learn how to motivate yourself and others to work out and above all be fit, strong and healthy.
1. Change your language
According to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and pure science, your language changes your emotions, your emotions change your actions, and your actions change your results. Understanding the power of language, why do people say that they want to LOSE weight? I do not know about you, but I hate to lose things!
Human beings are programmed to not want to feel they are losing something. Plus, when we say we want to lose weight, we create such a negative feeling inside of us about our bodies and who we are as people. You can only build on success and empowering feelings, not negativity.
Solution: Change your language to “I’m fit, strong & confident!”
2. Make being active part of your identity
Identity is the strong force in the human personality. People almost always go in line with how they define themselves.
People who say “I am lazy” or “I am not the working out type”, will never sustain work out long-term.
Other the other hand, people who say “I love being active because that is just who I am” will work out consistently.
3. Feel how good it feels
Moving around actually feels good! People can feel down and frustrated, but when they start jumping around, running or swimming, they automatically feel more alive. Think about when you are out with your friends and all of you dance the whole night. How good does that feel!?
Dancing and any type of working out releases the “happy” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin as well as endorphins. People take antidepressants and other man made drugs to feel “better”, while you and I can just dance and swim to release these neurotransmitters and feel great!
4. It’s not a pump-up, it’s a lifestyle
One of the main reasons why people lose motivation is because they rely on a momentary pump-up. Repeating affirmations in the mirror can only get you so far. Being active is a LIFESTYLE!
Do people wake up in the morning and say “I gotta say affirmations in the mirror to take a shower”? No! Taking showers is just part of their life. There may be days when they do not shower, but most days they do.
Imagine if someone at work had major B.O., and their reasoning was “oh, I got tired of doing this shower thing”. What kind of person would say that?
5. No More Diets!
I hate diets and depriving myself. I love eating delicious food and enough to fill me up.
People who are on diets are eventually off diets. If you do those diets where you continuously lower your calories, your metabolism will eventually slow down. That is why when people are off of their diets, they tend to gain all the weight back plus more, leaving you with less hope and more weight.
I believe in a balance diet for my life. Generally speaking I do the 80/20 rule. I eat really good 80% of the week, then 20% of the week I eat whatever I want: greasy pizza, pasta with cream and desserts.
When I eat my healthy 80%, I do not eat salads and boiled chicken. I have my smoothies with almonds, greens, and some fruits and cinnamon to sweeten it up. Then later I have my fish with veggies. For dressings I could put tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, or some good salt. Easy, delicious and nutritious.
6. Why are you really going to be fit & strong?
Motive does matter. “Because I’m fat”, “because Doctor Oz said I need to”or “because my husband said I should” are not sustainable reasons. These reasons suck because they are not empowering enough.
To feel empowered about being fit and strong, ask yourself this question:
What do you feel when you are fit, strong and alive!? You feel:
- mentally and physically strong
- more in tune with your body and mind
- more in control of your life
- you present yourself with more confidence
- you can get a better job
- make more money
- make your current relationship even better
- you can even have guys and girls come up to you!
You see, being healthy is not just about looking like the girl or guy in the magazine. Being healthy is about feeling confident, respected and empowered!
7. Keep it simple stupid
Keep things simple and easy. A lot of people, especially in the field of psychology, tend to make things as complicated as humanly possible. Complication makes people feel confused and unmotivated. Simplicity = execution = results.
You do not need to be a nutritionist to figure out a few little things you can do better 80% of the time to get massive results.
For example, drink mostly water. A can of pop literally makes you body inflamed and fat. Even fruit juices are full of sugar with every glass adding to your waist line. I personally know people who now feel so much lighter and in better shape just by drinking water instead of pop.
As another example, most North Americans cannot properly digest cow’s milk. Drinking cow’s milk makes their body inflamed, takes energy from them, and puts on even more fat! You can simply drink unsweetened almond milk instead.
You can have brown rice instead of white rice or a sweet potato instead of a white potato.
8. Don’t exercise, just move & have fun
“Exercise” can seem like such a dreadful thing, while dancing or riding your bike is really fun.
You can ride your bike around the block and see your friends and neighbours. You can ride your bike and explore places in the city you have never seen. Biking with a friend on a trail near water is so relaxing and fun.
You can join a group at the gym that does pilates or plays soccer. You feel part of a group, have fun, and have sometime exciting to look forward to every week.
9. We are made to move and express ourselves physically
Thinking about it, people are naturally made to do some kind of daily movement. Look at babies.
They relax and sleep, but also NEED to move around or else they get cranky. Our central nervous systems need both rest AND movement. To a certain point, the more you move, the more energy you have. The more energy you have, the more motivated you feel to keep moving.
Physical movement is our gift from the universe as it allows us to express ourselves. Human touch and movement allow us to connect with ourselves and other people to create even more gifts. How do you think we were born?
10. Celebrate your successes!
“Oh my goodness, I can fit into these pants again” or “I slept so good last night” are MAJOR reasons to celebrate! Every celebration makes you feel more motivated to continue your healthy and energetic lifestyle.
Like when a kid is learning to walk. Every little step they make you cheer for them. Why? So they feel good and want to continue walking.
You do not have to feel guilty or beat yourself up if you did not work out or eat the way you wanted to for a few days. Being fit, strong and alive is a freeing experience.
Remember, this is not a race, it is a lifestyle. Not working out or eating clean some days is usually also good for you physically and mentally. Remember you can have your carbs and sweets as long as you eat healthy and work out most of the time.