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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

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Published May 10th 2013
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Losing weight can be a hard, gruelling time in your life. You might feel a bit depressed, exhausted, and annoyed that it looks like you haven't lost any weight.

I lost weight once and it was hard, but I stayed motivated with these excellent tips.

Don't wear baggy clothes, ever. The reason being if you keep wearing your baggy clothes, you won't see how much weight you really need to lose. Wear clothes that show off your figure, even if you don't admire it. When you look in the mirror you'll stay on track and be motivated to keep exercising.

Start up a routine for every day on when you exercise, and when you can have a snack. Change it up everyday so it doesn't get boring. For example, in the morning you might do a 30 minute job on the spin bike, have breakfast, 20 minute walk around the block and then have lunch, something along those lines.

Keep a visible track of how much kilo's you lose each week. Log it onto your calendar or your phone and read through it every time you feel lazy or don't want to exercise. It'll remind you how much progress you've made.

Tell others about your weight loss plans and exercise plans, for example if you bump into a friend at the shops, tell them when you get home you're going to do an hour on the spin bike. It'll impress them, and you'll feel guilty if you don't do it when you get home - therefore you'll do it.

Treat yourself once a week o a food you love, whether it be a cheeseburger, hot fries, an ice-cream or some pancakes. Don't feel guilty about it either, plan to work it off the next day with some vigorous exercise.

Lose weight with a keen friend, make a pact to exercise with each other and don't let each other down.

Only weigh yourself in once a week or once a fortnight. Don't be tempted to check, because you might not see what you like, and you'll get upset.

If you don't get the results you're after (say you wanted to lose two kilos a week but you only lost 70 grams one week) use this as inspiration to go harder and stronger in the following week.

Read online about successful weight loss stories, and look on Youtube for some weightloss videos about obese people who have lost weight. This is probably my biggest motivation - even if you aren't as heavy as them, it'll inspire you, because they have managed to lose weight.
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