If you’re motivation is starting to fall by the wayside for your workout and diet program, it’s going to be imperative that you take some time right now to find a way to boost it back up so that you can stick with the plan.
One of the top reasons why most people don’t see success with their fat loss journey is because somewhere along the way, their motivation fails them.
Does this sound familiar? When you first start out, you’re revved to go by as the weeks pass by, that commitment to your plan starts to wane as events out with friends, plates of pasta, and your comfy couch just seem to get the best of you.
Before you know it you haven’t seen the gym in weeks and it looks like yet another failed attempt to get going on a fitness program.
Fortunately, if you use a few tips wisely, you can jumpstart your motivation and get right back on course.
Let’s look at the primary techniques that you’ll want to be using.
Sign Up For An Event
Perhaps the fastest and easiest ways to jumpstart your motivation is to sign up for some type of event. Whether it’s a recreational 5km running race or you want to go full swing and sign up for a half or full marathon, there’s nothing to motivate you quite like this.
You’ll have an end date in place that you absolutely must hit, no questions asked, so there will be no more missed workouts (if you want to succeed that is!).
This type of event does cause many people a higher level of inspiration as they go about their workout because now that workout has new meaning.
They aren’t just training to ‘get fit’, they’re training to finish the race.
Get A Body Fat Test Taken
The second way to jumpstart stalled motivation is to get a body fat test taken. Most people are currently evaluating their progress based on their scale body weight.
While this is a fine technique to use, the problem is that it’s quite flawed. Not only is the scale not going to account for any water weight that’s lost over time, but the second problem is that it doesn’t account for fat mass or lean muscle mass either.
If you start losing lean muscle mass as you go about your fat loss program, this is precisely what you don’t want, so not something to be happy and excited about.
If you’re losing body fat however, that is something that you’ll want to celebrate. Body fat loss needs to be your mission.
When you have a body fat test taken and actually see that number going down (total pounds of body fat on your frame), that can increase motivation far higher than just knowing you’re losing weight.
Plus, this will ensure that you look leaner as you go about the process, not just like a smaller version of your current self.
Seek Out New Recipes
The third way to keep yourself motivated if the problem is more diet and nutrition oriented is to seek out some new recipes to prepare for your healthy diet plan.
It’s not surprising that you’d get bored on a diet if you’re eating the same things over and over again. This would happen to almost anyone, so it’s really not something that you should get all frustrated at yourself over.
Instead, take action.
With so many different recipe sites and books out now that are catering to any sort of diet plan imaginable, there’s no reason that you have to stick to the same four or five different meals.
By seeking out new recipes, not only will you improve your adherence to your diet, but you’ll also improve your overall nutritional quality and status as well, so that can have added benefits in terms of your health.
Evaluate Your Workout And Diet
Moving along, if you’re struggling to stay on course, the problem may not be your fault at all. The problem may be with your diet and workout program itself.
Is it too intense?
Does it involve many different factors that you just don’t enjoy?
Does it have you aching after each workout or starving throughout the day?
If so, it’s really no wonder you’re struggling to stick with it. You need an approach that works well for you. If it doesn’t work well, you can’t expect yourself to maintain it for more than a week or two.
Dieting should be easy and feel great because once you’ve lost the weight, it’s important that you stick with the new habits that got you there.
Granted you can eat more food, but the habits must still remain. If you go straight back to your old habits once again, you’ll end up in the same spot – seeking yet another fat loss diet and workout program a short while later.
This needs to be a lifestyle change if you want to make that weight loss permanent.
Get A Workout Buddy
Finally, that last way to kick-start stalled motivation is to get a workout buddy. A workout buddy is great because it adds a social element to your sessions, which most people will be quite motivated by. This way, you aren’t skipping that meeting with your friend to catch up – you can still do that, only now you’re getting in your exercise as well.
It’s a win-win scenario.
So there you have the primary ways that you should go about improving your motivational levels before you fall off the bandwagon yet again.
If you implement just one or two of these, you should notice a great desire to keep going with your plan and see excellent progress moving forward. If you don’t, you’ll stay in the same disappointed state that you’ve been in before, feeling like you can never stick to your scheduled weight loss diet and workout program.