Diet tips for women abound; the diet world is filled with plans that claim to be “the best diet plan”. There are weight-loss diets that work, but you need to be able to stay on a diet for it to work. So, what will keep you on your diet? Keeping up your motivation is key.
Do you have trouble keeping up your dieting motivation and being able to persist when you try to lose weight? If so, here’s an idea that will help.
Let’s say you are visiting someone you have never visited before. You are on your way, driving to her house, but you are not sure if you are going the right way or not. If you have no means by which to track your progress toward her house, if you don’t have any idea of whether or not you are getting closer to it, then you are much more likely to give up the quest, to turn around and go back home. You need landmarks, otherwise you can easily get lost.
When you are trying to reach a goal, you need to be able to track your progress as you go. You need to know which actions are getting you closer, and which are not.
When you are on the way to weight loss, you set your goal, and then you need to have a map you can consult to tell you whether what you are doing is working; that is, you need to have a way of monitoring your progress. Because when you see that you are indeed making progress toward that much-desired goal, it helps you keep motivated. It keeps you going.
In terms of losing unwanted weight, one such monitoring device is a scale, of course. But everyone knows that your weight day-by-day is not a perfectly reliable way to monitor. Weight fluctuates; it seems to have a mind of its own. A good dieting day doesn’t always show up as a loss the next morning. But that doesn’t have to kill your drive to do it.
If you can set behavioral goals to supplement the scale, you’ll be doing yourself a great service. See if you can determine beforehand what kinds of things you can do that will advance the weight-loss process for you, besides controlling what you eat
Here are some possible landmarks to try and hit that will tell you if you are on the right track:
1. Are you facing your feelings more, and not burying them by your eating habits?
2. Are you gaining more understanding of yourself so you can maintain your weight once you lose it?
3. Are you able to express negative feelings as well as positive feelings?
4. Are you using any new relaxing techniques to use in place of eating so much?
5. Are you making sure to take care of yourself as well as you take care of those around you?
6. Are you investigating any negative self-talk so you can learn how to stop it?
7. Are you asking for help when you need it?
8. Are you using past dieting experience to help you know what not to do?
If you set markers such as these, and then take a look and see if you are in fact hitting these marks, you will be adding to your ability to stay motivated to lose weight. You will know you are making good progress toward solving your weight problem, and you will have something to tell you that you are, even when the scale takes its time moving down.
You can keep up your motivation to lose weight. You can persist. What you need are ways to know if you are getting there, some things that are even better indicators than the scale. You need to know that the weight-loss goal is within your reach. And feeling that it is—that’s the thing that gets you to persist.