These 23 Weight-Loss Motivation Tips *Actually* Work to Transform Your Mindset
- August 22, 2021
Any successful venture requires a plan that describes its mission and specifics on how to achieve it — without one, you have no idea where you’re starting, where you’re going, or how you’ll get there, says Jenn Walters, a certified personal trainer and co-founder of Fit Bottomed Girls. Treat your goal as a business objective; If you were trying to accomplish something for a client, you probably wouldn’t start out without a strategy. Losing weight is a three-part process: Exercising and cutting calories are vital, but your mental outlook can mean the difference between success and failure.
Start by listing all the reasons you can think of for slimming down — in other words, define your weight-loss motivation on paper. Highlight any that include other people. Rewrite the list, omitting the highlighted items. Next, inspect each one for phrases like “have to” or “must.” Such words imply obligation, not desire; eventually, they’ll also invite the instinct to rebel (and, thus, weaken your weight-loss motivation). Translate each “have to” into a “want to.” If your reasons lose their relevance, pare down the list again, until you find two or three of the most compelling motivations to reach your goal. (Related: These Three Words Are Making You More Negative)
Once you’ve determined exactly what you want to achieve and your deadline, work backward to create a monthly plan of action with realistic and specific goals for losing weight (such as committing to healthy snacking).