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Motivating Yourself To Lose Weight.

April 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.comLosing weight requires making lots of sacrifices. When your stomach is rumbling and you can’t face going to the gym, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and give into your cravings whilst lounging in front of the TV. Here are just a few motivation tricks to keep you on the right path

Have a clear goal

You can’t just set out to lose weight – you need a clear weight loss goal. This could involve reaching a certain weight by the end of the year or managing to get into a swimsuit by the time you go on holiday. Without a specific target, you’re more likely to lose interest as you don’t know exactly what you’re aiming for.

Track your progress

It’s important to track your progress from week to week. This could involve stepping on the scales each week and marking your weight down in a diary. Alternatively, Apps such as Lose It available from could be helpful for counting calories and tracking progress. You could even create a blog to record your progress with pictures of your weight loss. All of this will you spur you on as you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come and how far you still need to go to meet your goal.  

Reward your efforts

It’s important to give yourself some rewards along the way. This could involve an exercise free weekend or an unhealthy meal as a reward for making good progress. Make sure that you’re not rewarding yourself for no reason, otherwise you’re likely to fall back into old lifestyle.

Get support from other people

Some people benefit more from having the support and encouragement of others. This could include hiring a professional such as nutritionist from Alternatively, you could join a weight loss group where you have the support of other people also trying to lose weight.

Remove temptations from your life

Removing temptations could help you to stay focused on your weight loss goals. Try not to keep unhealthy snacks in the house – this will stop you from raiding the cupboards when you have an unhealthy craving. If friends and family still want to enjoy these foods, get them to hide these snacks from you.

Choose weight loss methods that you enjoy

If dieting and exercise feels like punishment, you may want to consider coming up with new activities and trying new meal plans that encourage weight loss whilst giving you a sense of enjoyment. If going to the gym is a chore and you’d much rather watch TV at home, why not buy a treadmill and exercise in front of the TV at home? Meanwhile, consider putting healthy twists on meals you love or snacks you like to eat such as pizza with cauliflower crust or a homemade vegetarian burger. These compromises could result in something enjoyable that also helps you to shed the pounds.

Staff Writer; Susan Moore

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