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Mastering the Art of Weight Loss Motivation

Jul 25, 2008
Sometimes the desire to lose weight is just not enough.

It's nice to think about having toned muscles and flat abs but when you get home from a long hard day's work, exercise and preparing a healthy meal may be the last thing on your mind. All you really want to do is rest. When this kind of mood sets in, let the motivation tips below help you change your frame of mind.

Exercise motivation tips:

* Have a friend or family member exercise with you to help encourage you to stay on track.

* Think of exercise as a way to reduce some of the stress that life throws at you every day. Think of it as a gift that you give to yourself and a time to get away from the noise and pressures of daily life.

* Keep in mind that the more you exercise, the more energy you will have. Remind yourself that you will actually feel better after you exercise than you would if you sit down and put it off.

* Exercising helps to improve your immune system. If you are dreading cold and flu season because you tend to always be the first to get sick, you can help prevent it from happening next season by exercising and getting in shape.

* Think about your health. Maintaining a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise can help to reduce your risks of stroke and heart attack, what better motivation do you need?

Sometimes it is even harder to stick to a diet plan than it is to exercise. One reason for this is because you have to plan out your meals in advance and this can be difficult. The tips below can help you stay on track.

Tips for Staying Motivated on Your Diet Program:

* Choose a diet plan that is reasonable and realistic. Remember, you need a certain amount of nutrition and vitamins to stay healthy.

* Start out with a simple diet that you can easily implement into your lifestyle. You can always make gradual changes as needed.

* Plan smaller portions of food for each meal. This will take less time to prepare and you won't feel like you are cheating on your diet when you grab that snack later.

* Use the buddy system to help you stay motivated but do not compare yourself to others. Everyone is different and will reach their goals at different times even when using identical methods.

A healthy diet and exercise program will improve the quality of your health and well-being. You will feel and look better than you ever thought possible. Stay positive and use these weight loss motivation tips to help you lose the extra weight so you can enjoy life to its fullest.
About the Author
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com, where you can get diet reviews and information on such programs as Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and the Idiot Proof Diet .
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