Need a quick boost of motivation to lose weight postpartum? Have a hard time shedding stubborn fat? Believe it or not, this happens to everyone. Regardless of how much you want to slim down, you’ll lose your motivation at some point. Daily stress, strict dieting, poor sleep, and a tight schedule only make things worse. Diet and exercise can help, but your attitude plays a huge role too.
Find Your Inner Drive
One of the best ways to stay motivated to lose weight is to write down your goals. Decide why it’s so important to you to get lean. Is it because it will boost your confidence and self image? Or do you want to look better for your spouse? The key is to do it for yourself. Make sure this is what YOU want.
Track Your Progress
Weight loss has many ups and downs. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Your period as well as your mood, stress levels, and diet may cause temporary weight gain. Even though most times it’s just water weight, it can still be discouraging. Track your progress, identify weight fluctuations, and adjust your diet accordingly. Don’t rely solely on the scale. Measure your waist circumstance, arms, and quads once every two or three weeks.
Take Before and After Photos
Many new moms take before and after photos to chart their weight loss progress. This is a simple, effective way to track your results and stay motivated. Just think about how many times you’ve seen before and after photos online or in magazines, and how it made you feel.
When you make drastic changes to your diet, it’s easy to lose your motivation. Giving up your favorite foods and working out for hours can drain your energy and cause frustration. To prevent this, take small steps towards your goals. Cut back on calories gradually, build up your fitness, and make one change at a time. Give your body time to adapt to your new eating habits and exercise plan.
Don’t Be a Perfectionist
Even the most avid dieters lose their motivation sooner or later. With so many temptations around you, it’s easy to cheat on your diet. One cookie won’t do any harm – just don’t make a habit out of it. Admit your mistakes and move on. You’re human after all. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect. It’s fine to overindulge once in a while. Eat clean at least 70 percent of time, and the results will come.