Weight Loss Motivation Tips: Advanced
You’re tired of reading all the same stuff about how to lose weight and some of the fad diets you’ve heard about like the cabbage soup diet seem down right dangerous. With that said you want something more advanced and accountable when it comes to a fool-proof plan on keeping your motivation high and losing weight at the same time.
We’re going to look at a SMART approach to weight loss and discuss how you need to set goals in the first place so what you end up with is plan you can stick to.
If this has got your attention then realize that you have already made the first step in reading this article, because at the end of the day your knowledge on this matter is what is going to bring the most light when you think about your obstacles and how your body responds to food and exercise.
Let’s jump right into it…
Weight Loss Motivation Tips: SMART Approach
Now I told you we’d be SMART about this right? When it comes to setting your weight loss goals keep this guideline in mind:
S – Specific goals are the most effective. Find a photo of a celebrity or athlete you want to look like and write down how you envision yourself reaching these goals.
M – Measurable goals are essential so you can track and see how far you are coming along at each step of your training and diet plan.
A – Attainable goals will save you a lot of grief and frustration in the long run. 15lbs in 2 weeks is pretty ridiculous, 1-2 lbs a week is more like it.
R – Relevant goals again will allow you to keep focus on what is most important. If you want to lose belly fat then a heavy weight training routine is not the best plan. Make sure your goals are absolutely relevant to your end result.
T – Timed means give yourself a schedule of what you will include or avoid each week. One less chocolate bar a week can mean thousands of calories saves each month.
You’ll notice with this SMART guideline to weight loss motivation that you are going to be writing down all the important details on your training and diet plan so find yourself a good journal to keep yourself accountable. I’ve found this one to be a really good one you can order on the web – Fitlosophy Fitbook. Some have recommended online sources for keeping a journal but for some reason I’ve found that most success comes with having a hard copy journal which you can add notes to all the time and this has a different effect on the psychology of motivation.
So now that we have all these elements in place and we’re recording our results what’s the next step in making this motivation ongoing. Simple said – keeping a positive state of mind.
This can be much more challenging then it seems especially when obstacles keep getting in the way or your sore muscles start to take a toll on your energy levels. Is there something we can do to trick our psyche back into a progressively positive focus?
You bet, take this one into serious consideration. As soon as you feel yourself making excuses not to get to the gym or you’re just not feeling it, flip it completely on to its side. Think about your end goal and then think about the good feeling that this is going to give you. How will your end goal affect the rest of your life? Try and think outside the box a little too so it’s not just vanity issues. For instance, healthy heart and brain which allow you to enjoy your time with your partner and family and to excel in your work.
If you find this isn’t working enough draw it out on paper and make links of all the positive energy this is going to bring into your life, the point here is to drown out the negative noise and this is a sure fire method which only takes a few minutes.
Now let’s take this even further and have a proactive approach which will prevent further obstacles from getting in your way. Make a plan for what you can do in the following situations:
- If you want to have some exercise but your muscles are too sore (e.g. yoga, pilates, biking, massage therapy, glutamine for recovery)
- If you are really short on time and need a quick workout plan to do in just 15 minutes (for instance my recent article 15 Minute Fat Burning Workout)
- If you don’t have enough time to make a healthy meal (Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion smoothie for instance)
- If you feel too tired and need a pick-up (e.g. 15 minute nap, pre-workout energy matrix like USPLabs Jack3d, coffee)
- If you’re bored of your current routine (e.g. other workouts from the workouts & training section of this site, a kickboxing or step class in your gym)
Weight Loss Motivation Tips: Conclusion
You’ve got it all laid out now, the SMART guideline for keeping motivation high, followed with notes on how your end goals will provide positivity in all the different aspects of your life, as well as a proactive approach on how to combat all the common obstacles you face on a daily basis.
If you have any questions about these advanced tips to keep your weight loss motivation high please leave a comment below…