Written by: Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kim Feinstein, RedMountain Weight Loss’s Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist
3 Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight
1. Develop a winning attitude.
Having the right attitude can help you get and stay motivated. Begin to believe that you can succeed. Don’t let past failed weight loss attempts prevent you from succeeding. Tell yourself this time is different.
2. Define your “why”.
Look inward and ask yourself, why is losing weight important to me? Choosing to lose weight and live a healthier life, rather than for someone or something else (such as a wedding or event), increases the likelihood of long-term success.
3. Make weight loss pleasurable.
I know “pleasure” and “weight loss” seems like a contradiction. After all, it’s been drilled into us that losing weight means counting calories, food points, portion control, food plans, meal replacements, and other means you’d never describe as pleasurable. However, one of the primary keys to losing weight is finding pleasure in non-food related activities. Losing weight is not about enjoying less, it’s about enjoying more! Feeling good is not something you deserve after you lose weight. It’s something you deserve right now, and it’s a vital ingredient to permanently lose weight. So, ask yourself, “What non-food related activity would bring me pleasure, relaxation, satisfaction and peace?”