Need fresh ideas for achieving your exercise and nutrition goals for weight loss? Here's how to keep motivated to lose weight

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Are you looking for answers for how to keep motivated to lose weight? Read on to learn how to set exercise and nutrition goals for weight loss.

How to keep motivated to lose weight

Motivation. What on earth is motivation and why does it matter in terms of your health or weight? For many of you, I don't need to explain. You may already know the struggle of having a chronic health condition that requires long-term attention and care. But what is it about staying motivated that is so difficult over time? Why do we get burned out or allow ourselves to drift off course?

How to keep motivated to lose weight

I don't have any "golden rules" or "silver bullets" to solve the problem of waning motivation. But I do have some observations from the years of working with many different people in my healthcare practice. I hope you gain some tips for how to keep motivated to lose weight and maintain your health. What can you do to stay motivated? - that is, stay mindful and engage in behaviors that directly affect your health?

Setting exercise and nutrition goals for weight loss

Try setting SMART goals

I have written about SMART goals in my previous MyNetDiary posts and it is still relevant today. Having a SMART goal means that it is:

When looking for the answer about how to keep motivated to lose weight, you will more likely stay inspired and reach your goal if you can define it clearly for yourself.

Is this really your goal or someone else's goal?

Examine your health goal - do you believe it is truly important that you reach it? If the goal was declared for you and you don't believe in it or don't care about it, then find a different goal that works better for you.

What has worked for you in the past?

If you have been successful in the past in reaching your exercise and nutrition goals for weight loss, what did you do? What kind of mindset were you in? Did you have help from others to support your journey? Were you doing anything different in terms of dining out, shopping, meal planning, or meal frequency? Were you walking more or exercising?

Why did you stop engaging in behaviors that previously worked well for you?

Has a major life event thrown you into a tailspin. During these times, health supporting behaviors may get placed on the back burner for a number of reasons. Changes, both positive and negative, can disrupt our healthy lifestyle behaviors. For example: getting married, having children, changing jobs or job setting, more travel or perhaps loss of a job.

My challenge to you - can you decide that your own health and wellbeing are important enough to motivate you to shift your focus a little bit more to yourself? If you tell me you don't have time because of the children or your elderly parent, then I'll tell you that you'll have to either make time now or make even more time later. Poor self-care will only mean your health status gets worse, possibly requiring a lot more time and attention at a later time.

Have you had a significant loss in your life?

Difficult and sad events can pose a huge challenge for staying the course to protect and support our health. Consider divorce, loss of work, injury, dealing with a very troubled family member, or the death of a loved one. These types of life events can plunge us into a state of constant caring for others, or possibly a feeling of numbness, despair or depression.

How to keep motivated to lose weight when you have experienced loss

My challenge to you is this - what can you do to replenish your mind, spirit, or body? Do you need professional support or guidance to help you get through this difficult time? Are you in bereavement or has it progressed into full blown depression? Depression can interfere with your ability to meet long term goals that require regular attention and juggling of time.

So, the next time you ask someone to "motivate" you, I want you to ask yourself that very same question. What will motivate you to set nutrition goals for weight loss and exercise? And then ask for the help you need to reach those practical goals you truly believe are right for you.

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Updated: April 30, 2020

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Apr 30, 2020
Katherine Isacks
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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