How do you motivate yourself to lose weight? Changing your eating habits can be quite challenging. But does it have to be this way? Starting a diet can seem depressing. In our mind, we think of it as another battle with ourselves that we end up losing quite quickly.  Losing weight takes time and effort, but there are many tricks we can apply to the daily routine that can help us keep ourselves on track and succeed.

  1. TAKE SELFIES to lose weight

Everyone owns a smartphone. Taking selfies when you feel overweight might sound counter-intuitive, but think about it. Each time we fail in dieting is because we don’t want to feel bad. If you take a selfie, you will see yourself, your body, your face exactly the way you are. Looking at a mirror isn’t the best way to get a total view of our shape. Taking selfies will be used as a log, you will see the difference each day and week and that will motivate you to stay on track. You will be able to go back and compare yourself and feel better for losing every pound. Don’t compare yourself to others on IG. Your journey is unique, and the battle is against yourself. Keep track of yourself and pose.

  1. BUY a PAIR OF JEANS to get motivated

If you think that you own too many, I will tell you that this one isn’t in your closet. A pair of jeans a size smaller than the one you’re wearing right now. Each time you will want to eat that cookie, go and try it on. Will you binge again? The issue with overeating is that we neglect our overall psychology and we want a quick fix. I completely understand this kind of behavior because I was also doing that. But after partying with all the sweets I could get my hands on,  I used to crash, feeling worthless, ruining another day while I could stick to the plan and see the scale go down the next day. Trust me and buy a nice pair of jeans, hold them in your hands and feel as they are part of your everyday wardrobe. Clothes are an accurate indicator of weight loss, keep those jeans somewhere in your bedroom and try them on once or twice a week. It might seem like a dream, but soon you will get that zip up. Voila and Hallelujia!!!

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF because you deserve it

When people gain weight, they tend to neglect their appearance. Are you applying your face creams, are you using makeup like you used to, are you applying nail polish or have you been eating your nails? Even if it’s day one on your weight loss journey, start taking care of yourself. Those extra pounds don’t equal to being ugly, but that is an assumption we tend to make in the back of our mind. It doesn’t matter if you want to lose five or forty pounds. Don’t feel ashamed of the way you look. Losing weight is primarily for achieving a healthy body and then for aesthetic reasons. Taking good care of ourselves can boost our self-esteem and make weight loss much more comfortable. Go beautiful. You can do this!

  1. AVOID PEOPLE THAT BRING YOU DOWN

If you have “friends” that always comment on your weight, hit pause. There is no one else that knows if you have to lose weight better than you and no-one can do it for you. It is a matter of getting in the right mindset. If it’s not today, it will be tomorrow. But continually hearing people commenting on your weight is a nightmare. It usually leads to a feeling of guilt and tears in front of an open fridge. Take your time and think of your reasons why you want to do it. Pick a method/diet that suits your everyday lifestyle and go out with people that make you feel special. Have fun with your friends and laugh, laugh, laugh. Enjoy every single moment.

  1. KEEP A DIARY and track your progress

Keeping a diary can be used not only for writing down your everyday weight-in. You can use it to track your thoughts and feelings. Write whatever comes to your mind. Use it as a way of meditation and reflection. It will help you understand everyday problems and look at them from a different perspective. Losing weight changes your mindset, after conquering weight loss you’ll have more self-esteem and courage to fix everything in your life. Be brave. This is Sparta.