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Willpower and Motivation

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Willpower And Motivation.

It would be very difficult to find a slimming plan than does not require an element of willpower in order to achieve the desired results. Most people trying to lose weight, give-up smoking or change their lifestyle in any way will know how challenging it can be to stay motivated and not give in to urges that have the potential to interfere with your plan.When you are trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle there are some methods and tips that can be used to help you stay motivated and keep your willpower strong.

Most of us are aware that successful slimming means losing weight gradually, allowing your body to comfortably adapt to it’s new circumstances. Losing weight slowly but surely can take a very long time meaning that you must keep focused and motivated in order to reach your goal. If you think you may find losing weight slowly quite difficult it can be useful to set in place some measures that will help keep you focused on your goal.

Verbal Reassurance.

When you are on your new healthy eating plan celebrate the fact by telling yourself everyday. Before going to bed look at yourself in the mirror and congratulate yourself on how well you are doing and how well you will do tomorrow.Look at yourself closely and find out which areas are being improved, which are your best bits and comment positively on them. Even if you feel silly doing this, you will be giving yourself positive feedback which can be very good for your psychological status and spur you on to stay motivated.

Visual Methods.

Photos are a great way of making sure you remind yourself of why you are trying to lose weight and keeping us motivated to lose weight.Most of us will have seen a picture of ourselves that has filled us with horror and usually an old holiday snap of us in our swim suit of bikini will do the trick.Put photos such as this inside the cupboard doors, on the fridge and next to the phone so whenever you get the urge to have a snack, phone for a take-away of raid the fridge you will be reminded of why you wanted to lose weight in the first place.

Set Yourself A Goal.

This is a tip that works for many people. Setting a goal and give you enough motivation to keep your will power strong.If you set yourself a target such as booking a holiday, buying a very special outfit or even a new kitchen or similar, and tell yourself that you are not allowed to buy it until you have reached your target weight and fitness, you may find this gives you enough of a focus to keep you motivated.

Exercise Is Addictive!

The thought of working out may fill you with fear and disgust in the first stages of your diet, but as most people will know already, the more exercise you do, the more energy you have so the more exercise you can do. This is because exercise increases the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural feel good chemicals and help improve our mood and state of mind. Regular exercise can help keep your endorphin levels high meaning you will be in a better place psychologically and you will want to sustain this by carrying on exercising.

Losing weight will always require the person to have high levels of willpower and the need to stay motivated and by providing yourself with the tools, this can be achieved more easily than without them.

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