8 Diet Motivation Tips for Success
Can't lose weight? Try these diet motivation tips for success.
If you've dropped and regained so many pounds it would take a Harvard PhD to
do the math, then here are some diet motivation tips that can help.
Sure, you've tried to diet before. You've gotten rid of the cookies in the
cupboard, and virtuously refused the cake at the office party. And then, a few
weeks into it, your motivation begins to flag. Maybe you hit a plateau in your
weight loss, or you're bored with steamed vegetables for dinner night after
night, or, tempted by a special dessert, you decide that just this
once can't hurt. A few slip-ups and you're totally derailed, physically
If this isn't the first time that losing weight was one of your New Year's
resolutions, then maybe you just haven't had the right diet motivation. It
turns out that the key to losing and keeping weight off isn't simply a matter
of what you eat or how much you exercise - it's your attitude. Lasting weight
loss is a slow process and it's all too easy to give up before you reach your
goal. With the right psychological tools your chances of diet success can be
greatly improved. WebMD consulted experts for diet motivation tips that will
keep you, and your diet, on the winning track to losing.
Diet Motivation Tip 1: Set Realistic Goals for Diet
The first step to maintaining your mojo should take place before you cut a
single calorie. In fact, one of the strongest predictors of long-term diet
success lies in setting the right goal at the start. "If you set
unattainable goals, such as losing 30 pounds in just a few months, you're
setting yourself up to fail," says Ann Kulze, MD, author of Dr. Ann's
10-Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong
Vitality. Instead, you'll be more likely to stick with a diet if you
"focus on your health and create sensible eating strategies," says
Kulze. Setting smaller, attainable benchmarks, like losing 5 pounds or a single
dress size, will give you the confidence to continue.
Diet Motivation Tip 2: Go Slow
Diet success entails making real lifestyle changes, and that doesn't happen
overnight. "You have a better chance at keeping the weight off if you lose
it slowly. People who are starving get irritable and have a higher failure
rate," Kulze tells WebMD. "If you cut back 200 calories a day, you
won't even realize it and the weight will come off and stay off." If you
keep in mind that optimal weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds a week, you'll be less
Diet Motivation Tip 3: Expect Setbacks
Everyone is bound to give in to temptation (hello, hot fudge sundae) from time
to time. The danger isn't a single splurge but letting it become an excuse for
an all-out binge. Call it the "I've already blown it so I might as well eat
the entire bag of Oreos" syndrome.