There are lots of reasons why you may not have lost weight in the past. Maybe
you were not mentally prepared or strong enough, perhaps it simply wasn't your time. If you have constantly
tried fad and crash diets in the past instead of making healthy eating changes and exercising regularly, then
it would have been extremely hard to achieve long term weight loss. The fact that you have tried many times to
lose weight, shows that you don't lack motivation, and this is a good thing.
You may be thinking what will be different this time and asking yourself, how will I stay motivated to lose weight this time?
Here are a few tips to follow, which will give you a great chance to stay motivated and realise your long term weight loss goals:
1. Adopt A Positive Approach To Weight Loss
Go in to this expecting to succeed while believing and knowing that you will lose weight. When you adopt a strong positive attitude with regards to weight loss, then good things will start to happen for you.
2. Ditch The Crash Diets
Crash diets usually involve starving yourself and eating too few calories, making them unsustainable (and the weight loss) in the long term. Stop looking for a quick fix, a slower rate of weight loss is much more likely to be permanent.
3. Make A Couple of Healthy Changes to Your Eating Habits
One reason you may have failed in the past, is because you made too many changes too quickly. make a few healthy changes at first (such as cutting portion sizes and swapping certain foods for low fat options), and once they become a habit, add a few more.
4. Introduce Some Regular Exercise
If you burn more calories each day than you consume, then you will definitely lose weight. Burn more calories by taking regular cardio exercise, such as walking, running, cycling, swimming or anything that works up a sweat and raises your heart rate.
5. Set And Focus On Short Term Goals
Your long term goal (your ideal weight) can simply seem too far away. Focus your energy on a sensible short term goal, such as losing between 1 -2 pounds a week. Stay consistent and patient, you will eventually reach your long term weight loss goal.
6. Remember Your Reasons
You will have low points and may feel like giving up, this is totally normal. During these times it can be a real source of motivation to focus on your reasons for wanting to lose weight. Is it to improve your health, feel better about yourself or simply get into shape? Whatever your reasons, never forget them.
A weight loss journey can be an emotional experience, if you stay motivated to lose weight and remain focused and determined, then there is every chance you will realise your long term weight loss goals.