Finding Motivation For Weight Loss

by A Diet Community

Staying motivated during your weight loss and fitness program can be a tough task unless you have that inner zeal and a well thought out strategy in place.

Staying fit is very essential for a healthy and happy life and it demands a long term commitment from you.  A good plan will make it much easier for you to stay motivated until you reach your goals.

Set Realistic Goals

motivation for weight loss

Motivation For Weight Loss

Before you start your program, make sure that your plan is both smart and achievable.

Your goals should be something that you can realistically expect to achieve, but they should be a bit of a stretch to keep you motivated.  Setting unrealistic goals do nothing except get in your way.  Those unrealistic weight loss goals can even make you depressed because you will likely fail to meet them.

Break Down Your Goals

It is better to break your goals down into short term plans to work on them.

Those who have not been introduced to any type of fitness plan can start their routine with small walks, convert them into longer walks, and subsequently go a step further by jogging over much longer distances.

If you’re talking about a diet plan, don’t plan on making dramatic changes to your typical diet overnight.  Instead, make one change per week.

It’s difficult to find motivation for weight loss if your goal is to run 5 miles a day and lose 20 pounds.  Goals like that will make you unhappy because it’s difficult to do.  However, if your goal is to run 1 mile a day or lose 2 pounds in the next two weeks, it’s much easier to stay motivated about reaching those goals.

By having smaller goals, you will maintain your motivation for weight loss because you will see the progress that you are making and you will feel good about reaching those small goals you set.

Make Your Fitness Plan Fun

After setting up your goals, the next step is to make your fitness routine fun.  The best way to do this is to incorporate activities that you really enjoy.

Your routine can include the following:

  • Join a sports team like volleyball or basketball
  • Join a health club where you will find many people who have the same interest in weight loss as you
  • Find a workout buddy

There are many things you can do even if you don’t have the time to hit the fitness center every day.  Don’t let your busy schedule work as your excuse, just find ways to get exercise incorporated throughout your day.

Some things you can do are:

  • Walk during your lunch hour, when you get home from work or after dinner
  • Walk your children to school
  • Take the stairs
  • Park your car farther away from the door

If your motivation for weight loss is strong enough, you will see that there are dozens of opportunities every day to increase the amount of exercise you get.

Another great idea is to combine exercise with your tv watching time.  You can put an exercise bike in front of the living room, or you can just start a routine of doing ab exercises or lifting hand weights during each commercial.

If you can stay motivated to make all of these little activities a part of your regular day, they will add up.

Motivation For Weight Loss

The key to successfully sustaining your motivation for weight loss is to make it a regular part of your day.  You don’t think about brushing your teeth each morning, you just do it.  You need to make getting enough exercise part of your routine.

  • Go through different diet reviews and recipes and eat healthy food that will complement your exercises
  • Keep sight of your goal and reward yourself when you meet it
  • Make your fitness programs more of a social activity by including your family and friends
  • Involving other people is a great way to keep up your motivation for exercise

Plan for your overall health and fitness and stick to it all through the year to attain a newer and fitter you.

Here’ wishing you best of luck!



Laura April 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Thanks for all the great ideas!  I’m trying Zumba for the first time tonight!  One of my friends has been going for a few months and I’ve finally gotten my nerve up to go.  I agree that you need to add in fun stuff, otherwise weight loss gets boring. 

Maryellen April 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I make it a fun challenge to figure out how to burn more calories in the day.  At work I move around as much as I can–take the stairs, do stretches while listening to someone on the phone, take a walk during lunch.  While dinner is cooking I dance, clean a room fast–anything to keep going.

GetFit May 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I keep a rewards chart.  I have a list of 10 fun things that I enjoy and each time I achieve a short-tem goal, I refer to the chart and choose something fun to do.  The motivation works for me!

Libby May 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

Setting goals is so key.  I’m finally at a point where I look forward to achieving goals!  I keep each goal small and obtainable.  Each goal can be accompllished in 10 or less days which really keeps me motivated.

Dan August 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

My motivation is setting short term goals.  If I can knock out a goal in 2 or 3 weeks, then I feel like I’m really making progress.  I’m a single dad with two little kids. I want to be a role model for them and by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly it’s a good start.

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