Monday, January 16, 2017

How To Stay Motivated To Lose Weight | 1 comment:

Today marks 4 years since I've decided to live a healthier lifestyle and ended up losing 20 pounds! I know this time of year everyone's working hard to lose weight and the first couple of weeks can be the hardest since it's such a big change. For me personally, the first couple of weeks were rough and I remember feeling frustrated when I wasn't seeing quick results and had to fight the urge not to quit. Luckily I didn't and I can confirm that this whole thing was worth it! It's just all about how motivated you are to stick to it. That's why I thought this would be the perfect time to share my best tips for staying motivated so you can reach your goals. Here we go:

 

Go With A Friend
In the beginning, I would feel too awkward to go the gym by myself (now it's the complete opposite! I love working out by myself!) and would always bring a friend along. It was super helpful since it's a lot more fun to have someone to talk to and we always ended up staying there longer and trying new machines.

Take Weekly Pictures
There's no better feeling than noticing your weight loss progress in pictures. Try to take weekly pictures of yourself (I usually do a mirror pic) and then compare them side by side after a couple of weeks and even the smallest difference will motivate you to keep going. 

Don't Weigh Yourself
I remember losing motivation whenever I saw that the scale was telling me that I haven't lost weight. If you're doing a lot of weight lifting (which you should be!) then there's no point in looking at a scale since muscle gains more than fat. Instead base your weight loss on how loose your clothes are getting! Trust me, the scale has no purpose and looking at it just makes you paranoid and depressed.

Always Switch Workouts
One of the reasons why people tend to lose motivation quickly is because they get tired of doing the same old things. That's why it's nice to switch up your workouts so take a walk around your gym and see what machines you haven't tried yet and give them a try. If you're tired of being in a gym, head to a swimming pool or take cycling or yoga classes! And yes, yoga can be a workout! There's tons of ways to get some exercise in and results will come quicker since your body is constantly being challenged.

Change Your Eating Habits Slowly
Changing your diet overnight is difficult and you're bound to mess up a few weeks (or days!) later. Instead focus on slowly changing your diet by making one new change per week. For example, the first week focus on drinking more water. The next week focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. The third week focus on decreasing the amount of sweets you have. This way your body has time to adjust to the changes and you're more likely to feel motivated once you accomplish each change.

Have Something To Look Forward To When You're At The Gym
If you look forward to going to the gym, then the odds are that you'll go more often. Try making some workout playlists which has new music on there that you haven't listened to a lot or bring your iPad and choose a show that you'll only watch at the gym and no place else. This way, you'll trick your mind into believing that the gym is a place to enjoy rather than just another task to get off your to do list.

Stylish Workout Clothes
While I know the athleisure trend is still going strong, I have specific work out clothes that are just meant for the gym. There's so many cute options that are affordable and will motivate you to go to the gym more often! I linked all my favorites below: 







Hope these tips helped and I hope everyone reaches their weight loss goals this year! Should I do more fitness posts? Comment down below!


-Ruya

1 comment:

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