WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT JUST ABOUT EATING LESS AND EXERCISING MORE
We all know that you should eat less and exercise more in order to lose weight. Simple right? Of course, if it were really that simple, there wouldn't be the problems with obesity that we have today.
At the heart of weight loss lies motivation.
THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS TOOL MIGHT SURPRISE YOU
The best weight loss tool isn't some fancy electronic gadget, miracle diet plan or weight loss supplement. The best weight loss tool is your mind. You need the right mindset, a healthy and thin-thinking mindset in order to develop the commitment and motivation to lose weight.
BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT
Before you think about motivational techniques to lose weight, you have to first believe that you, YOU can lose weight. Not that lady from the infomercials, or on Oprah, but YOU. If you don't believe it now, just pretend that you believe it! That's right. If you do not have the right mindset for weight loss, act like you do and your mind will start to follow. Fake it til you make it!
DON'T LET NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CREEP INTO YOUR BRAIN
The moment a negative thought enters your mind. Any negative thought, not just those directly related to weight loss, try to banish it from your mind as quickly as possible. You can do this by distracting yourself. Have a list of three to five distraction techniques. For example, it could be to phone a close friend, or listen to a positive song that you've always loved, or to tell yourself some motivational phrases such as 'I am healthy, I am capable of losing weight and I am loved'.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DON'T MAKE EXCUSES FOR YOURSELF
Don't blame anyone else for the reason you are overweight. Don't fall back on excuses or feeble comments such as "I have fat genes", "I was born fat", "I am lazy", "it's my mom's fault as she always fed me garbage and made me finish my plate" or "I am useless". Just stand up and take responsibility for the fact that you and only you can produce the weight loss results you are seeking.
DON'T THINK ABOUT THE POUNDS YOU NEED TO LOSE. THINK ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN YOUR MIND
For most people, getting the motivation to lose weight is not simply so that you would look good in a swim suit. You need to understand what truly drives you, what you actually want in life, what values you hold, what is really important to you. If you can respect yourself, you will learn to respect your body and treat it right.
TRY TO MAKE A STRONG START TO THE DAY
Start your day the right way and it will set a momentum going forward. Swap your latte for a hot water with lemon and ginger, get a good night's sleep and go for a short and brisk walk before you have breakfast. A healthy start to the day sets off a positive ritual that can carry on for the rest of the day.
SET SMALLER GOALS
Weight loss should be at a consistent, steady pace. Aim for a weight loss of around one pound a week. Now that might not sound like a lot, but time will fly by and gradually, week by week, the weight will start to drop off. If you set unrealistic goals such as losing 14 pounds in two weeks, you might get discouraged early on and give up.
INVOLVE EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS
Getting your loved ones involved in your drive to lose weight will give you much support. It's hard to be the only one tucking into a salad when everyone else at the table is chewing on a pizza.
If you have a setback, don't beat yourself up. Put it to the back of your mind and move on. And be patient with yourself. You will start to drop dress sizes, it just might take a little longer than you had hoped.
READ MOTIVATION BOOKS, NOT JUST DIET BOOKS
As mentioned, having the motivation to lose weight goes beyond dieting and exercising. It's about respecting yourself as a person and developing self-discipline and consistent healthy rituals. Steve Chandler has written several books on motivation. His best known book is probably: 100 Ways To Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever. It works because it presents different motivational options, recognizing that people may need different motivation techniques to drive them to success.
Another recommended read is If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get it Done by Brooke Castillo. The book has useful worksheets and discusses goal setting, your feelings and self-discovery techniques in great detail. The best part are the case studies of real clients and their frank and highly relate-able challenges with losing weight, and how they eventually overcame their unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits.