Lose Weight Quick By Staying Motivated Along Your Fitness Journey

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It’s funny how so many of us seem to get revved up and try to lose weight quick right around the new year, or maybe a couple week’s before our best friend’s wedding…or maybe the dreaded-er-I mean, exciting-high school reunion. These are great motivating factors, don’t get me wrong.

But, there is one big problem-these are temporary “fixes” that prompt us to lose weight quick-and many times, put it right back on a short while later. Many times a lot of people also resort to unhealthy methods of dieting to try to lose weight quick which can negatively affect a person both physically and psychologically. This is often the case of the “yo-yo” dieter.

So how can we still take advantage of the “high” and motivational force we feel knowing an exciting event is just around the corner without resorting to unhealthy weight loss tactics? Well, there are a few things you can do.

1. One of the best tips I can offer is first of all, AT LEAST a couple of months bfore the big event, get a health assessment from your doctor and a certified trainer if possible. He or she can give you an idea of where you stand on your fitness journey as far as body fat percentage and what you need to do to reach your goals.

2. Once you have your “fitness figures” in check and have an idea of what is a healthy weight loss goal for a given time period, break up your big goal into “mini weekly goals”-for example, maybe a 1-2 pound of fat loss per week which would be anywhere between 8-16 pounds in two months!) These “mini goals” will keep you motivated until along the way until the big day and will keep you from procrastinating.

3. Choose a sport or activity you love and just enjoy being part of something bigger. Even if it’s an individual sport like swimming, just being in the pool with other swimmers will give you a sense of community. Use this as an escape from everyday stress.

It’s a funny thing, but we seem to shed pounds quicker when we are not actually thinking about it. It’s true. This is analogous to those long workdays. Ever notice when you are really busy time flies? Why? Because it keeps your mind of the clock. When we are enjoying ourselves while doing exercise, time passes by quicker and so do the pounds!

4. Make a countdown calendar and add a “special reward day” at the end of each week of successful exercising. I’ve always loved Saturday’s myself-but you can pick any day of the week that works with your schedule. Pick a day that you take a few hours just for yourself to relax.

Maybe hang out with friends, get to the greens for a game of golf, or maybe just a day at the beach with the family is your “cup of tea”. On this day, make sure to continue eating healthy but take a little break from the exercise to unwind and reflect on your progress.

5. Keep your eyes on the prize. This is probably the most important thing to remember. You have a goal, a motivational force helping you keep moving forward. Keep reminders of the big day around to keep going when the “going gets tough”. Enjoy the ride, but keep your eyes on the prize.

Now how can we avoid the “downer” we feel after the big event? Well, the whole point of the five tips above was to help you avoid this “downer” altogether.

You see by the end of the two months, you should be feeling a whole lot better inside and out. Hopefully by having found a sport you love-and maybe even making some great new friends while doing so-will give you something to look forward to after that single “big event” is over. Also, realize that everyday is a new opportunity for you to be better-faster-fitter-than you were the day before.

Motivation and the Weight Loss Journey

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Weight loss, like any other goal, requires time and dedication. Without motivation, this time will drag on and it is easy to loose focus; it’s been proven time and time again. In order to stick to a weight loss program and reach the desired goal, a form of motivation needs to be set. Whether it be to just loose twenty pounds or to look good for swimsuit season, everyone’s final reward is different.

Devoting one’s self to loosing weight and becoming more fit is a huge choice and sometimes taken too lightly. For most, loosing the pounds is only half the battle. Keeping the weight off and maintaining good health is often more of a fight. With a good support group and professional care, both loss and maintenance can be achieved. One great option to finding both of these is enrolling in a weight loss clinic (WLC).

Visiting a weight loss clinic is a firm decision in the weight loss journey, and a wise one. There are many benefits of including a clinic beyond just moral support. The first of these benefits is supervision by a physician. Weight loss diets can be dangerous, as can exercise plans. A full physical, EKG, blood panel, and body composition test are completed to decide which course is safest and most effective for the client.

After the initial weight loss plan is made, the physician and clinic resources continue to help the client on a weekly basis to stay on track. Many clinics have an accessible website that provides general information as well as healthy recipes and tips. Most clinics have their own gym with specially educated trainers, or provide a list of preferred and recommended outsource facilities. Having such resources makes it easier to continue forward and stay motivated.

Sometimes diet and exercise just is not enough for the individual. With a physician involved, the client will know if nutritional supplements or possibly even diet pills are an option. Both supplements and diet pills are harmful if not used correctly, and should only be used with the supervision of a doctor. Already having a physician on the team provides the client with a head start to a healthy decision regarding a medicinal regiment.

The clinic staff also includes a dietitian to help with nutrition plans and overall education. This team member is a very beneficial when it comes to remaining healthy while loosing weight. One of the easiest ways to loose motivation is to step on the scale and see that a pound or two has returned. Being educated on proper intake reduces the risk of backtracking, making each weigh in a pleasant one.

Along with the physician, general staff, and other resources the clinic may have, another great benefit is the support of other clients. Sharing the weight loss journey with others looking to get healthier can make it easier, and knowing the client is not alone in the ongoing battle of loosing weight provides confidence and the motivation to continue. There is usually a designated part on the clinic’s website for testimonials and a place for clients to share their own tips and recipes, making it a more personal experience.

Finding and maintaining the right weight doesn’t just make the body look good. Appearance is only one of the benefits. Overall health is a huge factor in weight loss, which in turn makes the client feel healthier. The knowledge that the body is functioning properly, having more energy to do desired activities, and of course, looking good are super motivational tools. Having a clinic and its resources involved will make it a healthy and productive journey.