Tips for Staying Motivated and Losing Weight
you’ve already made your New Year’s resolution to lose
weight, as many people do. That was the easy part. Now, the difficult
part is staying motivated and actually losing the weight.
Napier, Chief Nutritionist at Nutrio, explains there are four important
strategies you should keep in mind when trying to stay motivated.
“The first and most important strategy is not to wait for the
proverbial tomorrow. Secondly, don’t look back at mistakes or
transgressions. Finally, love yourself today, and enjoy every bite you
1. Get rid of the tomorrow excuse.
Take action right now to get rid of the “I’ll start
tomorrow” excuse that is holding you back. Remove the cookies and
snacks from the cabinets; forget about getting rid of your last few
favorite calories by finishing off whatever it is — throw it
away; and don’t be afraid to begin — don’t wait for
tomorrow because you’re afraid you’ll fail today.
2. Forgive yourself for not being perfect.
You’re only human, which means you will enjoy a piece of birthday
cake for snacks at a picnic. Forgive yourself and move on. Research
indicates that people who forgive themselves for eating the unexpected
food are more likely to get back on track without a major binge. Keep
in mind that 300 or even 500 calories isn’t a binge and
won’t make you gain weight.
3. Love yourself today.
Don’t wait until you attain that certain weight or fit into that
certain size of clothing before you start liking yourself. Analyze and
take pride in your positive qualities — they will help you stay
motivated to reach your healthy weight goal.
4. Enjoy every bite.
The quickest way to lose your dieting motivation is to eat food you
don’t like. Stay away from the foods you don’t like and
become a student of gourmet healthy cooking — find a good
cookbook or a great class. Love every bite you eat and you will stay
motivated to eat much less.