Because today’s nutrition includes TOO much fat, TOO much sugar, and TOO many processed foods, (all the foods we turn to for ease of preparation and satisfaction) that more people are realizing eating these types of food bring on weight gain.
So, we begin working on a weight loss program expecting to see results quickly and easily. Unfortunately our enthusiasm and motivation to continue to lose weight often starts out in high gear and quickly goes downhill.
We are often motivated many times in our lives to lose weight, but keeping the motivation going seems to slowly die off and we lose interest quickly.
Psychologists understand that to maintain a high level of motivation you need positive feedback and a strong support mechanism.
After an initial rapid loss of weight, people are often left tired, hungry and either at a plateau on their weight loss or losing minimal amounts of weight each week.
This decreases the level of motivation needed to maintain weight loss and then we are left high and dry and discouraged.
The success at reaching your desired weight loss will be higher with both positive feedback and a strong support mechanism. Positive feedback comes from positive movement toward your goal.
Your mentor or support person also can be a motivating force to keep you on track and help to keep your weight loss motivation high.
Failure happens easily when we diet. The definition of a diet is to deprive yourself of specific foods you believe keep you from losing weight.
Those feelings of deprivation will lead to decreased weight loss motivation and ultimate failure. Diets have come to be associated with hunger, fatigue, and deprivation.
But believe me, you are not alone! Many people are on that roller coaster.
You need to stop the cycle and fix the problem by first understanding that you are changing your eating habits to the good for life and not developing a quick fix diet.
This is not a “diet”. You are learning how to put your body into a burning mode as opposed to a starvation mode.
When your body feels deprived and starved your metabolism slows down considerably and loosing weight is nearly impossible to achieve. This decreases your motivation and your positive feedback.
You end up going back to eating the way you did before the “diet” and your body will put on more weight than you had before the diet, yuk!
Do some research, learn what good eating habits are. Portions are really smaller than you might think. The amount of meat that is one portion is considerably smaller than the normal portions at a restaurant or fast food place.
In fact, a serving size of beef is about the size of a deck of cards! By learning good eating habits and improving your rate of success you will also keep your weight loss motivation high.
Weight loss success depends greatly on weight loss motivation and your ability to maintain a high level of motivation to achieve the dietary changes necessary.
The bottom line…it is up to you to focus on ways to improve your positive feedback and find a support mechanism that works for your personality. It is not easy, it will be challenging, but the reward of looking good and feeling good are well worth the work.
“A GOAL without A PLAN is just A WISH”
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