When you first decided to lose weight, I bet you were very excited about you. You had everything planned out. You knew what you were going to eat, and what days you were going to work out and what body part.
You were telling everyone how excited you were. You were posting on Facebook, and liking all the pictures related to fitness on Instagram.
You thought you were so AWESOME and you were going to get your ideal body in no time. No one could stop you!
Then, a couple of weeks later, you just didn’t have the motivation to lose weight anymore.
I am thinking you got on the scale and you were expecting to see a number and but didn’t see it.
And you were like, “screw this thing. It’s not working.”
Am I right???
If this sounds like you or you are lacking motivation to lose weight, then read the rest of the post. You will definitely be fired up again like you were when you first started.
Trust me, I have been through this numerous times myself. I have finally figured it out how to stay motivated to lose weight.
Here are the top 10 ways to motivate yourself to lose weight
#1 – Find Your “Why”
The secret to motivating yourself is finding a compelling enough “why”. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are, what’s critical is that they’re important enough to you. Without a good enough reason, you’re not going to be motivated long-term.
I would recommend you write down why you want to lose weight – they can be anything, from improving your health to looking great naked – write them down and read them every single day.
I don’t know why, but when you write stuff down it somehow registers in your subconscious and you will remember it.
#2 – One goal at a time
I know when people start the whole losing weight thing….the first thing that comes out of their mind is – “I want to lose everything. The fat on my arms, legs, back, stomach…” and, well, you get the picture.
Oh… and they want to lose all of that in next two weeks.
The majority of the people have this mindset.
To these people I want to ask – did you put all that weight on in two weeks?
Rather falling into that trap, I would recommend you make a list of body parts that you will like to improve. From that list, pick one of your top body parts that you want to work on first. Work on that body part for three times a week along with your regular workout.
Once you start to see results on that body part, then you can move on to your next body part to work on. And repeat the whole process all over again. This is the most effective way of achieving your goal.
#3 – Buddy System
One of the most powerful ways to ensure you stick with your workout journey is to have a buddy system. When you’re feeling down or not motivated, your buddy will motivate you to go to the gym and workout.
Just make sure when you pick your buddy that he or she has the same commitment level as you do. Choose your buddy wisely.
#4 – P.U.S.H. (Persist until something happens)
It’s easy to stay motivated when you first start something, or when you’re seeing results. The trick is staying motivated when you’re not yet seeing the results. The important thing to remember is that even if you don’t see the results yet, every workout is bringing you closer and closer to the goal you set yourself when you first started. Push past wanting to give up and just keep going.
#5 – Find Your Mantra or Slogan
I love this tip from Sid Savara. You can repeat this mantra/slogan to yourself whenever you need to boost your motivation. Find a mantra that works for you. For example, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” or “Make yourself proud.” or create your own. Whenever you feel particularly motivated, say your mantra/slogan three times with feeling (inside or outside your head) and also just before you start and after your workouts. This way you condition your mantra/slogan as a psychological trigger to get back into your motivated state of mind.
This is also known as psyching up. A lot of bodybuilders do that. For example, if they are doing the bench press, they will mentally prepare themselves to live heavyweights. By repeating to themselves – “I can do this, this is a lightweight, and I can do this.”
#6 – Take baby steps
Taking baby steps towards your goal every single day. For example, if you want to squat 200 pounds, start off with squatting 150 and do that for two weeks. The third week, add 20 more pounds to your squat. In the fourth week, add 30 more pounds to your squatting.
The idea is to add tiny increments (which actually seem too easy) and to do it consistently – small, consistent steps add up to big results.
#7 – Focus on the sexy
Sure, working out is good for your health, but who doesn’t want to look sexy? And sexy is what happens when you make working out a habit. Sometimes you just need to think about how sexy you’re going to look. Vain? Maybe. But does it work? Absolutely!
#8 – Challenge yourself
One of the best ways to get motivated is to set challenges for yourself. The best person to challenge you is yourself, so aim to improve your time, the number of reps you do, or the weight you’re lifting. You can also set challenges like working out every day for a week, or eating clean for the week.
#9 – Pay yourself
Every time you do a workout put a dollar into your workout jar. Silly? Maybe. But does it work?
Think about it this way… the more you work out… the more money you will have in the jar. At the end of the month, you can use that money to buy something for yourself.
#10 – Find inspiring transformations
Transformation photos show you what’s possible. If they can do it, so can you!
These are the top 10 ways that I have used to motivate myself to lose weight.