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Improving Your Weight Loss Motivation: 4 Tips

Jul 3, 2008
Making any kind of lifestyle change requires motivation but weight loss motivation, in particular, can be very challenging. There are a number of rules, however, that can simplify this process and help guarantee success. Let's look at four of them now.

Measure progress -- Do you know your personal numbers? Do you know your weight, your measurements, your cholesterol levels and blood pressure? If not, let's start here. Know your weight, but never weigh more than once a week. Ask your doctor to perform lab work and record your information for comparison purposes.

It is also important that you know your measurements. Be as precise as possible and record the measurements for your upper arms, hips, chest, waist, and thighs. Repeat this process every 2-4 weeks and compare your results. A loss of even a fraction of an inch is something to celebrate!

Keep a journal -- The next rule for weight loss motivation, and perhaps the most important one, is to keep a journal. Record your weight, your measurements, when and what you eat, and your daily activity.

This journal is essential to your lifestyle change in many ways. It is the perfect spot for you to keep track of the emotional aspect of weight loss. What are you feeling when you have the urge to overeat? Is there a behavior you could substitute for eating that would satisfy that need?

Researching -- The third most important rule for losing weight involves research. You must educate yourself so that you have the tools you need to maintain your results. Learn what foods the USDA Food Pyramid recommends. Train yourself to recognize proper portion sizes. Read articles on weight-related topics.

Your journal is an excellent spot for you to record the information that you learn. To experience continued motivation, you'll want to review this data often, until it becomes second nature.

The power of the mind -- The fourth and final rule that we're going to discuss is that you must spend some time each day meditating. Call it what you choose, but to maintain weight loss motivation, you must have a vision of what you want to be.

This meditation or reflection must be about the details. Your ultimate weight loss goal of losing 50 pounds isn't a part of this. This is about visualizing the process! What will you need to do on a daily basis to reach your goal?

Following these four simple rules that we've discussed will help your motivation remain at its peak. The dramatic lifestyle change that you covet will become possible and you'll find that the journey becomes pleasurable as your confidence grows.
About the Author
Gail M. Davis has a website of weight loss tips and other health subjects. Kurt Schmitt has created a motivational and inspirational website for self help.
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