Read on for our top weight loss motivation tips, write them down and always keep them in mind. Remember...it's up to you to lose the weight and get in shape, no one can do it for you.
Lose weight for you. Above all else, recognize that you have to decide to lose the weight for yourself. Not for your mother, nor your fiancée, nor for anybody but you and your health.
Understand your situation. Sometimes it's as easy as keeping a record of everything you eat and drink and how much you exercise. Try it for one week; you may notice a startling pattern. Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised and realize that a few simple choices will translate to a big difference.
Set realistic expectations. Let go of false, unrealistic goals, but still realize that you can make a great difference in your own life. People do it everyday and no matter if you want to lose five pounds, 50 or 150, someone else was once in your shoes. If they can succeed, so can you.
Patience is key. It's hard to your maintain weight loss motivation when the scale refuses to budge but remember that in order to lose weight safely and effectively, patience is the name of the game. Take it pound by pound; the experts say a 'healthy' amount of weight to lose is just one to two pounds per one week. That means cutting 500 calories (the equivalent of half a cheeseburger) from your diet everyday.
Individual requirements. True, what other people did worked for them. You are a different person, with a different body, attitude, lifestyle, likes and dislikes. There is no cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all weight loss answer.
Embrace balance. Yes, losing weight takes time and slow and steady will always win the race. Don't try to rely on too few calories to lose weight or sign on to restrictive diets that completely eliminate certain food groups; you will only feel hungry, weak and unhappy. Healthy weight loss is only achieved through a nutritious diet and an appropriate amount of exercise.
Think positive! Picture yourself slim; put on your 'skinny' pants and imagine how great you'll look when they fit just a little bit better. What would you do if you lost weight? What would you wear? Write small, encouraging notes to yourself and place them around the house. Try sayings like, 'commitment is what you make of it' and 'nothing tastes as good as success.' You have to picture the end result in order to get there.