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When you read about weight loss, you often come across articles talking about doing more exercise and eating less. In the most basic terms, weight loss does boil down to a simple equation, but there’s so much more to reaching weight loss goals than eating healthily and getting your body moving. Often, people encounter obstacles as a result of their mindset and their attitude. It sounds easy to train frequently and eat well, but for some, sticking to a routine and maintaining high levels of motivation can be really tough. If you need help with adapting your mindset, here are some useful tips.
Most of us have an end goal in sight when we embark on a training regime or alter our diet. It’s brilliant to have this milestone in mind, but it’s really useful to set targets along the way. The outcome you want may be a long way off and setting realistic, manageable goals throughout the journey will help you to stick with it and hang in there. Every time you hit one target, you can move onto the next until you reach that coveted goal at the end of the road.
Figure out what you want
It’s very easy to say to yourself that you want to drop a dress size or tone up your bingo wings, but try and think more deeply about the changes you want to make and why you want to do things differently. Are you unhappy about the way you look? Are you hoping to feel more confident? Do you want to improve your health? Sometimes, your motivation levels can drop, so write a list at the outset detailing why you want to get fitter and leaner. When you’re struggling, you can use the list to spur you on.
Working on your willpower
It’s very common to need help losing weight. It’s not easy to stick to a healthy eating plan or to summon up the strength or energy to hit the gym when you’re tired, you’re a bit under the weather, or it’s cold and miserable outside. If you lack willpower and you give up too easily, this is something you can work on. Set clear objectives and keep them in mind at all times, think before you make decisions, and be confident in your ability to achieve your goals. Often, we cave in and crumble because we question why we’re bothering in the first place and write off our chances of being successful. If you find it hard to diet, find a plan that suits you. It’s not healthy to cut out entire food groups or survive on liquid for weeks on end, so avoid fad diets and don’t deprive yourself. Just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean that you can’t have a slice of pizza ever again. Change your attitude to food and prioritize your health. If you eat well 6 days a week, there’s nothing wrong with having a treat on a Saturday.