Everyone needs a little bit of motivation. Whether you’re trying to cut weight short or long term, you probably have some type of personal motivation behind your weight loss. But you may find that the type of motivation is more important than how many things your concentrating on in the long run. Many find that if and when they reach their goal that the motivation stops and that sustaining a healthy lifestyle becomes a mute point. Don’t let that happen to you.
Weight loss is tough, and being disciplined is a learned skill, not something that can be achieved by simply hanging a picture of your old self on the fridge, so if you’re looking to get started, great, just be sure to avoid these 5 false motivations:
1. Pictures of a Younger You: It’s possible to get back in great shape, lose weight and feel young again, but the person in that photo probably didn’t have a mortgage, didn’t have a serious job or a single worry about what was going to happen in an hour much less a week. You can’t go back to who you were, lose weight to be who you want to be because you are who you are.
2. Pictures of Someone Else: It’s true, when you’re trying to get that six pack you always wanted, you might be using the pictures of a famous model, actor etc…but stop. You should know that genetics plays a big part in how your body is going to look. Some people deposit fat in one place more than another, meaning that body fat could potentially need to be even lower than you thought. Models are also notoriously dehydrated and out of glycogen when those pictures are taken. So remember, you want real motivation, because there’s no guarantee you’ll ever look like someone else.
3. Your Love Life: Who hasn’t dreamed of being the perfect seducer, being able to pick up or impress anyone of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the world of attraction than just great abs. If you’re using sex or dating as motivation, best find a new venue. The only motivation you need here is the new confidence you’ll get from feeling great. Besides, odds are you’ll have clothes on most of the time anyway, and when they come off, will those abs really be what you’re thinking about?
4. Vacation: You want that beach body, to feel confident in front of others. It’s great motivation until the trip is over and you weight loss goals seem mute. You’ll soon find yourself back at home and looking for the next big weight loss motivator. It’s unfortunately, but the idea of losing weight to impress others for a few short days will do nothing but put you into the world of yo-yo dieting.
5. Reunions: Maybe you were plump in high school, maybe you’re embarrassed that your old girl/boy friend found you on face book and can’t wait to see you. Even worse, maybe you told everybody from the ‘old gang’ you were still in the same jeans you were in high school. Realize it doesn’t matter, beyond those hallowed halls is life, and with it, kids, jobs and obligations. If you think your still able to look like you did when you were sixteen you’re in for a shocker. Be happy about the things that count: your successes and the fact you grew up enough to leave shallow thoughts like body image behind. If you want to get them back, show them how great your life is, not how hot you look.
Real motivation for weight loss has to be an internal desire. It can’t just come from a temporary moment or a memory of the way you used to look, nor can it be the aspirations of looking and being someone else. You’ll need confidence to really lose weight, and more importantly, confidence is what really makes someone sexy, not a waist line.