Weight Loss Motivation: Thinking Outside the Box
I’ve talked a lot about weight loss motivation over the years, but it’s time to start thinking a little more outside the box.
Why? Because staying motivated is a constant challenge for most people, and at some point, it’s going to require some creativity.
The truth is, you need to rethink a lot of things in order to stay motivated for the long haul.
So here are 3 weight loss motivation tips that should get you thinking outside the box.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip #1 – Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
When it comes to weight loss dieting, I’ve learned that common sense is the best approach. There’s nothing that frustrates me more than hearing so-called experts claim that eating a certain food or taking a certain supplement will be the answer to all your weight loss goals.
And in fact, if you’ve tried any of the fad diets out there, you know they simply don’t work. They can’t be maintained long-term because they’re just too impractical. Go for a balanced approach when it comes to dieting. Eat whole grains, cut down on the fat, sugar, and salt, and watch your portion sizes. But you don’t need to cut out fat altogether. A little fat will help keep you satisfied for longer.
Increasing protein is also important as it will lead to more calories burned overall. This is why I believe so strongly in incorporating a high quality protein supplement into your diet, like Optimum 100% Casein Protein or Optimum 100% Natural Whey. These can be great ways to start your day and provide your muscles with the fuel they need.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip #2 – The Simpler, The Better
In most cases, the simpler answer is the better answer when it comes to weight loss and fitness. Most of the fad diets and ab-crunching machines out there are just money-making gimmicks. And when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
When I say simple is better, I don’t mean you can get away with doing less. I just mean that the traditional ways of doing things are often the most effective. So when it comes to dieting, keep it simple by eating a balanced, healthy diet. When it comes to exercise, keep it simple by getting at least 4 days a week of both cardio and resistance training that targets all muscle groups. Ignore all the fluff out there, and go for balance.
Weight Loss Motivation Tip #3 – Make a Habit out of Health
Last but not least, you have to keep in mind the difference between those who are successful in their weight loss goals and those who are not: habits. The number one trick to staying motivated during any weight loss program is to incorporate your efforts into your life – so that they become more than just weight loss “efforts.”
Turning these efforts into habits may be easier than you think. Make a schedule that works, and stick to it. Reward yourself if you have to, or get a friend to help keep you on track. Either way, you need to work at this in such a way that it becomes part of your lifestyle. And once you get there, there’s no turning back!
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