Yesterday I went to a really interesting seminar that was discussing how to identify the specific actions that people use to lose weight and maintain their new weight. There was a lot of information shared and I’ll be writing about it over the next week or so but today I wanted to give you 4 action items that were used by people who kept the weight off for a year or more.
1. Reward Yourself For Sticking To Your Diet Or Exercise Plan – This doesn’t have to be food either. Setting rewards linked to milestones is a great way to keep yourself engaged and committed to your goals.
2. Remind Yourself Why You Need To Control Your Weight – I talk about this a lot in Your Naked Nutrition Guide. Having an emotional reason for why you want to lose the weight (or in this case keep it off) is essential for long term success and commitment.
3. Think About How Much Progress You Have Made – I’ve previously written about tracking and measuring progress. This is great to keep yourself on track but it is also a very powerful motivator when you look back and see how far you’ve come.
4. Look At Older Pictures of Yourself to Motivate You – This is even more powerful than #3. Taking before pictures is painful but the excitement and motivation you’ll receive when you are looking at them beside your after pictures is incredible. Take pictures. Document your success and use it to drive yourself even further towards your goals.
Have you been able to keep the weight off? What kind of mental ‘hacks’ to you use to stay on track? Post them below.