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Easy Tips to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

May 10, 2008
One of the most difficult aspects of losing weight can be staying motivated, particularly if you are working to meet a large weight loss goal. Over time, as weight loss begins to taper off and become more difficult to achieve, temptations become stronger and it becomes easier to slip into old patterns.

Studies have shown time and time again; however, that individuals who are more successful in terms of meeting their weight loss goals are those who have the biggest motivation factors.

So, how do you get motivated to lose weight? Even if you have acknowledged that you want and need to lose weight that may not be enough to maintain self-control each and every day. Without the right kind of motivation it is far too easy to become discouraged, give in to temptation and put off weight loss plans indefinitely.

While some people seem to have some sort of internal motivation that drives them to achieve their weight loss goals, most us need something more to keep us going. There are several different ways you can build motivation in your weight loss plans.

1.Enlist a buddy to lose weight with you. A friend working toward the same goal can be a great motivation factor. Not only can you commiserate about the difficulties of losing weight together but you can also hold one another responsible for meeting goals.

2.Consider rewarding yourself for every milestone met. Ideally, it's best not to reward yourself with food items, but occasionally a special snack can be a good way to treat yourself for losing an additional five pounds. Other great ideas include a new CD, DVD, manicure, etc.

3.Keeping a weight loss journal is also an excellent way to record how far you've come and keep yourself motivated to go the extra mile. Review your progress when you're feeling down and congratulate yourself on all you've accomplished.

4.Sign a contract committing yourself to your weight loss goals. When you put your goals down on paper they become more real and as a result you feel more motivated to achieve them. For example, you might write up a contract with yourself that says you will commit to exercising thirty minutes every day in addition to eating more fruits and vegetables.

5.Join a weight loss support group. Statistics indicate that individuals who participate in a support group are more likely to lose weight than those who do not. Consider joining either a support group that meets in your local area or even one online. The point is to share your struggles and your joys regarding your weight loss with others who are going through the same process.

Staying motivated and exercising self-control is a key component to any successful weight loss plan.
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