Losing weight is no walk in the park. It requires a high level of motivation for a long period of time for you to be successful at losing weight. You may have any number of reasons for losing weight, but to reach your weight goal it is necessary for you to prepare yourself mentally for it before starting. You can make your reason to lose your motivation for it. For a mentally prepared person it isn’t very difficult to follow the meal plans and exercise routines as compared to an unprepared newbie.
According to the 2011 Food & Health Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation, 77 percent of Americans are trying to lose weight or avoid gaining weight. Despite their efforts, nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. This is due to a variety of factors, but for many, it comes down to the psychology of weight loss. Here are 3 tips to prime your psyche to lose weight, get active and stay healthy.
1. Set goals
The first and foremost tip for mentally keeping up with your weight loss is to set up goals for you to achieve. It’s all you in there my friend. Nobody else would be bothered if you don’t reach your weight goal but yourself. So to keep yourself self-motivated throughout this time frame you need some goals to reach first. But keep this in mind that the milestones you set shall be realistic enough to reach according to your physical condition. For example if you want to lose 14 pounds every month, set a goal at losing 4 pounds every week.
2. Set a reward for yourself
When you start your weight loss program set some certain rewards that you shall collect from yourself upon reaching specific goals. You must promise a non food reward like buying a new phone or video game every time you reach a goal. Taking an adventure trip is also a very good choice for a reward.
3. Start a food journal
This method is considered to be most effective by many experts to mentally prepare yourself for near future weight lose. You can start a journal about what you eat and when you eat, start a simple food journal on your notebook, computer or maybe your phone if you don’t want to do the effort. According to your memory and daily schedule, make sure you fill it every time you take a meal or two times every day.