How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

Making a resolution is easy. The minute the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, you're making a list of promises to yourself that you fully intend to keep. But after the glitter has been swept up and the noisemakers have been put away, living up to the resolution hype gets exponentially harder. That is when the real work begins.

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But it doesn't all have to be doom and gloom. You are not destined to a resolution failure. The key to reaching your goals is staying motivated enough to accomplish them, which you can do by making small, significant changes.

"Create balance in your life," suggests Los Angeles licensed psychotherapist John Tsilimparis. "In January and February, you'll see a surge in new gym memberships and then you'll see it lop off. Maybe you need to start off slow. Spread out all of it over the year. Exercise is not just going to the gym; it is keeping a balance...."

Even creating balance has a starting line. Before you start cutting out unhealthy foods and hitting the gym twice a day, it is helpful to get into the mental mindset of losing weight, and really making strides towards an entire life change.

"Write it down," says Tsilimparis. "There is something about putting it to paper that really legitimizes it. For losing weight, it could be as simple as writing down the timeline plan, setting specific goals, and checking them off."

To help you get beyond the resolution phase, we asked several experts, both doctors and nutritionists, what you can do to get in the right frame of mind. Prepare for success with these helpful and inspiring tips. We believe in you!   

Carry a Water Bottle

It may seem like a silly thing, but if you're a mindless muncher, having a full bottle of water at your desk can help you resist taking that doughnut from the morning meeting. "Last thing you want to confuse for thirst is hunger," warns Keri Gans, nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet.

Eat With Intention

Motivating yourself to lose weight is a multifaceted issue. A huge part of it is not only eating "better," but also understanding what those foods can do for your body to keep you focused on your weight loss goals. "Don't think of losing weight as a punishing task of self-denial," warns medical weight loss expert Dr. Sue Decotiis, M.D. "Consume a protein-filled breakfast and a lunch and dinner of vegetables and protein. To help the fat burning and stave off the cravings, start [with] a strong probiotic [a food that will help digestion, like yogurt] to enhance the gut's ability to signal fat cells and to promote satiety."