How-to: maintain weight loss motivation

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How-to: maintain weight loss motivation

Anyone who has been through a major body overhaul knows how difficult it can be to stay strong and stick to your weight loss plan. We’ve all experienced those days when you return home from a tiring day at work and all you want to do is throw in the towel on the training session and collapse onto the couch with an enormous bowl of ice cream – and these times can really test our mental resolve. But if the ice cream bowl is starting to win out more often than the training session, it might be a sign that it’s time to reboot your weight loss motivation. Here’s how to do it…

Weight loss support

It sounds daggy, but joining a weight loss support group, or forming one on your own with friends who are going through a similar situation to yourself is a great way to maintain your motivation levels. Being part of a weight loss support team allows you to share your frustrations and challenges with other people who can understand what you’re going through and it’s a positive source you can turn to when you feel your motivation starting to slip. So check out your local community centre to see if they offer a support program or buddy up with a friend and agree to phone each other when times get tough.

Set up a reward system

You’ve probably already decided on a big reward you’re going to give yourself when you lose all the weight – like a new wardrobe! But when a goal seems far from our reach we can start to lose the will to work towards it. So rather than just using one big reward at the end of your weight loss journey, put a reward in place for every weight loss milestone you reach. Maybe after every five kilos of weight loss you can treat yourself to a new beauty product or a pamper session at a salon.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

If you slip up and go off track, don’t beat yourself up over it. Being overly critical of your mistakes is defeating behaviour and it’s not at all conducive to maintaining your weight loss motivation levels, so accept your mistakes, learn from them and move on. You’re only human, after all.

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