The biggest enemy of any diet is boredom. People lose their motivation to stick to a diet and so they begin to cheat here and there. Before you know it, your diet is basically done with and you are back at square one. So, the key to sticking to a diet is to keep up the initial motivation that you have when you first start the diet. With this in mind, let’s discuss 4 tips that will keep you motivated for the entire diet.
Realize You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
A big problem people have is that the moment that they deviate from their diet, they feel like they’ve lost all their progress and that there’s no point in continuing with the diet. This is what people call a “perfectionist mindset” and it can be very difficult to overcome. If you’re one of the many people who have this mindset, then you need to get it into your head that the occasional mistake doesn’t set you back to square one. Just because you went out and overindulged one night doesn’t mean that you should give up on a diet. It should just motivate you to work harder to compensate.
Make Sure That You Regularly Reward Yourself
Ideally, the knowledge that you’re becoming healthier would be motivation in of itself. But, that’s just not the case. So, from time to time you need to make sure that you’re rewarding yourself. It will give you something to look forward to, which will help with motivation, especially in rough patches. As for what the reward is, that’s entirely up to you. Usually, people reward themselves with junk food, but you can use anything that you want.
Set Realistic Goals
A good way of keeping yourself motivated is to start with realistic expectations. The reality is that you’re likely not going to become a supermodel anytime soon. If you set that as your expectation, then you’re doing to become unmotivated quite quickly when you don’t get anywhere close to your goal. So, be realistic.
Don’t Weigh Regularly
Weight loss is the very definition of a long-term goal. You will see basically no progress when you first start. A lot of people make the mistake of weighing daily. This will kill your motivation because you’re going to have days and weeks where the scale barely moves if it moves at all. Weigh once at the start of the diet to set a baseline, then don’t weigh for at least a month, if not longer. This is why we challenge you to come up with some non scale victories — increasing your weights, better night sleep, more energy, dropping a dress size, not feeling breathless climbing a flight of stairs.