Weight Loss Motivation

A formula for successful Weight-Loss

The formula for successful weight loss is pretty simple. All you have to do is eat less and move more. Yet millions of people ditch diet and exercise programs despite a deep desire to look and feel better.

The missing link: motivation

It doesn't help that we’re fighting against human nature. According to an article from the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic, consumers flit between periods of indulgent and healthy behavior throughout the course of a week and even the same day, making it easy to understand why so many veer off the path of a weight-loss program so often. It’s bound to happen, even to the best of us. But getting back on track is key.

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Personal trainers offer a treasure trove of tips to remove the roadblocks to motivation when it comes to weight-loss efforts.

“The problem is not so much that people don’t want to work out. It’s more that they are daunted by the serious challenge of actually starting and maintaining an exercise program,” writes Amanda Adams in an article on the topic published by the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. “Many people start a new behavior, such as an exercise program or new diet, for extrinsic reasons, such as wanting to look better. However ... it is doomed to fail because extrinsic motivation is usually insufficient to get people over the hurdles of being too busy or tired to make it to the gym every day. The key to long-term (and even short-term) success lies in developing multiple sources of motivation.”

Finding Your Passion

MBS fitness programs offer several ideas for staying motivated, such as enlisting friends and family to support your efforts, breaking big fitness goals down into smaller targets and rewarding yourself for accomplishments.

We suggest changing routines to evade boredom and, therefore, retain motivation. Varying the time of day, location and type of activity can help. For example, take a break from the typical gym workout and go for a long walk or swim on the weekend.

Staying informed about the risks of being unfit and/or overweight can help, too. And, sometimes, scaling efforts back a bit might be in order. According to one expert, one of the main reasons people give up on fitness programs is that they try to do too much too soon.

Life coach and personal trainer, Wesley says motivation isn’t one-size-fits-all.

“Pointing at someone saying ‘you should exercise’ never works,” he says. “There’s definitely a mental aspect.”

“It’s about finding one’s passion.” “One person’s passion might be running marathons while another is playing with their children. One client wanted to be a good example for her children. And that became her motivation.”

A Personal Touch

For some, hiring a personal trainer is the answer. The act of paying someone for a service alone can be all the motivation you need to stick with a weight-loss program. They also provide the motivation that’s missing when going it alone by way of encouragement and positive feedback.

“Perhaps the single, biggest benefit of hiring a trainer is motivation,” says Wesley. “On their own, people lose motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program. A certified fitness trainer can provide structure, direction, accountability and a friend who is interested in helping you succeed.”

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