You’ve tried to get up, get out and eat right on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge but it all collapses a couple of days in and you’re right back to where you were, making unhealthy choices, not exercising, feeling uninspired and unmotivated to lose weight.
You know you need to get stuck in with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge but you can’t find the desire. Don’t be disheartened – it IS possible!
Here are some foolproof ways to find that motivation.
Get motivated to lose weight!
1. Visualising for weight loss
In a recent study researchers from The University of Pennsylvania tracked a group of obese women and their weight loss journey.
The women were asked to fantasise about 4 hypotheticals- two situations where they saw themselves losing weight and two scenarios where they were tempted by food.
Those who had negative fantasies, i.e. saw themselves not losing enough weight or saw themselves indulging in food, lost on average 1.12st. more than those who had positive fantasies!
This surprising result could be attributed to the fact that those who imagine their ideal self may be undermining their motivation to lose weight because the results of exercise and eating over one week is not instant. Losing weight takes time, consistency and patience.
In order to facilitate motivation, be realistic about how much weight you can lose. Instead of the end goal of, for example, 6st., break it up into increments: I will give myself 3 months to lose 2st.. Then when you’ve achieved this goal, you’ll be driven to achieve the next goal over 3 months until you get up to your ultimate destination. The key to keeping up motivation is not just to visualise the end game.