==== ====Motivation And Weightlosshttp://www.thespecialkclub.com==== ====Have you tried and failed countless diets? Did you find yourself highly motivated in the first daysand weeks of a new food plan only to have cravings demolish all your hard work? If youre likemost people, maintaining permanent dietary change is difficult at best. The problem is that mostdieters neglect to learn how to stick to a diet when embarking on a new way of eating.Its one thing to read a book or magazine article and decide, "Thats my diet." But the real questionis, are you going to stick to it when the rubber meets the road? Luckily, weight loss motivation is askill that can be learned, but I have good news and bad news. Bad news first: self-motivating tolose weight and maintain weight loss requires ongoing diligence. Like exercise, keeping yourselfon track with food necessitates regular "pumping up" of your motivational system. The good newsis that it can be done, and once you get in the habit of regularly exercising your motivation, youcan finally stay focused enough to follow a healthy eating plan for life.What do I mean by exercising your motivation? Motivational exercise is anything you do thatinspires you to stay on your chosen path. For instance, if you want to follow a plant-based foodplan--shown in scientific research to be your best bet against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes--you should read all the books, blogs, and newsletters on that subject that you can get your handson. Schedule mini motivation breaks into you day--watch a youtube video on your lunch break orlisten to podcasts or teleconferences while running the treadmill.When I first embarked on the vegetable-based diet style known as Eat to Live, I listened to authorDr. Joel Fuhrman for a half hour every day on my ipod while walking the dogs, and I did that for ayear and a half! I recognized that the pull of cakes, cookies, donuts, nachos, and French fries wastoo strong to attempt sticking to the plan on my own limited-supply willpower. And here I am,seven years later, going strong on daily salads, fruits, steamed veggies, beans, and seeds. Buteven today, I still seek out new articles and websites that support this diet style to insure myenthusiasm for healthy eating.When I encourage friends and clients to continue educating themselves as a form of ongoingmotivation, they often tell me, "I know the diet, I just have to stay focused." Dear reader, "knowing"the value of a certain way of eating is simply not enough to keep you committed for the long term.Have you ever been to a stimulating lecture or workshop after which you felt excited andpassionate to make change? And maybe you did make some changes for a while, but then thepassion started to wane, and soon enough you were back into your usual habits, wondering whathappened. Well, when the excitement flags and old behaviors make a comeback, thats a signyouve waited too long for another motivation exercise session.Heres a list of possible motivational interventions that can help keep you focused for the longhaul.
Books, websites, newsletters, blogsOnline videoDVDsSupport groupsWrite down a list of reasons to lose weight or change your dietWrite down what will happen if you dont changeVisualize yourself a year from now, having achieved your goalVisualize yourself a year from now, having stayed the sameTeach someone what youve learned about diet and motivationWrite an articleJoin an online support groupHire a diet coachAttend lectures, workshops, and retreatsThere are a few things to consider when devising your motivational exercise program. First, makesure the info youre reading or watching is in alignment with your food plan. For instance, if you areattempting to add more fruits and veggies and decrease animal foods, dont read the Atkins Diet,which is contrary to your goal. Also, dont try to read a whole book in a few days. Stretch it outover a couple of weeks so you get little doses of incentive over time. Its not necessary to spendan hour a day exercising your motivation--aim for ten minutes at least three times a week. If yourinterest is flagging, watch a full-length DVD or attend a lecture to give yourself an extra boost.Yall, the "foods" we have access to today are way too compelling for willpower to resist on itsown. Luckily, with a little proactive intervention, strengthening your weight loss motivation can helpyou stick to a diet for good.Mylea Caroline Israel is a certified Nutrition Education Trainer. Her passion is showing folks thescience behind high-nutrient eating-what it is and why its mandatory for excellent health. Afterthat, the real work begins with training in the psychology of permanent weight loss. To learn moreabout weight loss motivation, check out her website at http://www.CrashYourDiet.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mylea_Caroline_Israel==== ====
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