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How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight

If you are struggling to lose weight, here are some ideas to revitalize your efforts:  MyGoal #005 illustration - Success Failure

  1. Remind yourself why losing weight is important to you.  It’s easy to get caught up in the number on the scale, but why do you really want to lose weight?  How do you think it will change your life?  Connect to that.
  2. Do something different.  Monotony in our habits can lead to boredom and stagnancy.  Additionally, it’s important to shock the body for continued progress and to avoid plateaus, so try something new.  If you normally walk or lift weights, do a hip hop or yoga class – something to keep your body on its toes!  The more out of your comfort zone it is, the more points you get.  As a side benefit, you’ll feel proud of yourself for having tried something new, which builds confidence and positive energy. 

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Losing Weight is Often a Group Effort

“Birds of a feather flock together.”  Ever noticed how life is easier when you’re around people who share common interests or are working toward similar goals?  There is a reason for this.  Utilizing social support is one of the best ways to deal with and cope with stress.  That is if you have access to the right people.  Sometimes we all just need a little help from our friends.Exercise Group Effort

The good news is research even backs this up as it relates to weight loss.  In a study exploring the benefits of utilizing friends and social support during the weight loss process, Wing and Jeffrey (1999) recruited participants either alone or with three friends or family members and assigned them to a standard behavioral treatment with social support strategies.

Participants who were recruited with friends had greater weight losses at the end of the four month treatment and ten month follow-up.

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