Twelve Ways To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

December 12, 2022

Whenever you find yourself feeling down, especially when it comes to your weight loss efforts, take some time to reflect. What is your perspective? Do you feel like you cannot lose weight no matter how much you work out, eat healthy, or how many times you exercise? If so, you might wonder, “What is the point?” You may even be going through the same phase right now.

Do not let this mind set take over. By taking a step back and looking at things from a new perspective, you can shift your attitude and come up with new ideas on how to get past these emotional and mental roadblocks. By switching gears, you will see your progress as more than just the number on the scale.

Here are twelve great tips for shifting your mind set when losing weight:

1. Embrace Your Goals

When you set yourself some goals and then visualize yourself achieving them, you will make it easier to see the accomplishments that you’re making and take even more satisfaction in your weight loss efforts.

2. Make Daily Routines

Start each day off on the right foot. For example, determine the time you need to be in the gym to work out for 30 minutes and make it a habit to do it. Do the same with your eating habits. Get a routine down, and do not skip days.

3. Commit To Small Victories

Once you see yourself making the progress that you want, it is easier to keep motivated and keep pushing toward your goals. The small victories in your weight loss journey will keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.

4. Prioritize Your Breaks

One of the easiest ways to lose momentum in your weight loss goals is to skip a meal or drink during the day. It is essential to maintain your energy by giving your body the fuel it needs. For this reason, try to eat every 3-4 hours. Take a break for a meal or a drink if you feel yourself getting too hungry or thirsty.

5. Reward Yourself

Reality check: What is the point of you even setting and achieving your goals if you cannot celebrate when you achieve them? Take a moment to reward yourself for each small achievement that you make. Your diet may not be perfect, but you can still reward yourself with a bottle of water.

6. Write It Down

It is not enough to visualize your weight loss goals. You also have to visualize your success. By writing down your goals, you can easily keep track of your progress and focus on what you need to do to achieve your long-term goals.

7. Read About It

Fitness magazines, books, and websites are great resources to help you with your weight loss goals. Look up books and online articles that will motivate you to see yourself making the changes you want to see in your life. Reading about successful people is also great to hear about how they overcame obstacles and what they did to be successful in their weight loss journey.

8. Give Yourself A Short Break

One of the best ways to keep your motivation high when you hit a wall is to take a break. This could be as simple as going for a walk in the park or taking a 20-minute nap to clear your mind. With a small break, you can get back to what you are trying to do and pick up where you left off once you’re ready to work again.

10. Tune Out Negative Thoughts

Too often, we let negative thoughts take over and dictate how we view ourselves. The negative beliefs are difficult to change, but when you tell yourself to tell those thoughts to go away, it becomes easier. The negative thoughts should only stay in the background to let you focus on the positive changes you are making.

11. Distract Yourself

There is a lot to think about in dieting and losing weight. When you worry about overeating, you should try focusing on something that will take your mind off the food. For example, read a book or a magazine, play a game, or work on a project that keeps you away from food.

12. Have A Positive Relationship With Your Food

At the end of the day, we are what we eat. So one of the best ways to start your day on the right foot is to eat a healthy breakfast and take the time to eat a meal you enjoy. Choosing a meal that will keep you satisfied and full will keep your mind focused on the next task at hand: losing weight.


As you can see, when you shift your mind set from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be fit, it will become much easier to see the results you are looking for. When you are successful in your weight loss journey, you will find yourself losing weight and gaining the life you have always dreamed of.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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