Can it really be as simple as having a quick chat with your GP? Well, according to new reports, a 30 second talk during which your GP tells you to lose a bit of weight can act as an excellent motivator and achieve results. Over 2500 patients were selected to take part in a trial after they visited their GP about another health issue and the doctor recommended they think about losing some weight. Half of them were offered a free place on a weight loss programme, and the results showed that a quarter of these patients lost 5% of their body weight in a year. The other half were offered no further support but still managed to lose an average of 1kg after 12 months.
Although these participants showed no interest in losing weight before their GP visit, it is interesting that a health recommendation from a trusted professional seems to carry some kudos. But on the other hand, everyone is different and what motivates one person to lose weight might not work for another. If you’re already committed to losing weight but are struggling to stay motivated over the medium to long-term then here are a few helpful hints plus some savings such as Cath Kidston voucher codes with which you can reward yourself. Some might work, some might not, but trying a different tack is always a great idea…
Practice Your Motivational Skills
If you’re finding it incredibly difficult to get motivated when it comes to weight loss, then why not practice getting motivated about something else instead? Forget about dieting and fitness goals and work towards something smaller – getting your house tidied, completing your tax return in a set amount of time, or even just getting all your Christmas shopping done by the beginning of December (the latter with the help of some House of Fraser promo codes). Once you prove to yourself you can stay motivated and hit goals, that fitness mountain might not seem so hard to climb after all.
Use Incremental Rewards
Instead of giving yourself a reward when you finally hit those goals, how about treating yourself halfway through, or even once a week? These smaller rewards could well keep you from straying in the long run, and it could be something as small as a cute accessory from Cath Kidston voucher codes.
Talking of rewards, how about giving yourself some tangible to aim towards? Yes, actually spending money on those clothes, having them hang in your wardrobe and seeing them every morning might just be the boost your need, so check out the latest season’s stock with Karen Millen discount vouchers.
Ditch the Scales
Some people find sticking to the numbers helps, some not so much. If you fall into the latter camp, avoiding measuring your weight loss in just, well, weight, could be an alternative. Focus on how healthy you feel, how well your clothes fit, or if you find you do need set goals, then measure them in other ways, such as the time it takes you to run a certain distance. And if you want to stick with the scales but want to make them work for you a bit more, then don’t weigh yourself every day – try weekly or fortnightly instead. This way those positive results will be much more visible.
Steer Clear of Social Media
As with many of these tips, the opposite might apply to you. Some people find social media can be a great motivator, for example if you follow someone who offers weight loss tips and a lifestyle you might want to aspire to. But for others, it can have very negative repercussions. It’s easy to forget that social media isn’t an accurate reflection of life and to view a constant stream of success stories could make you feel very low about your own achievements. If you’re finding this is the case, avoid social media as best you can and focus on your own goals and successes rather than someone else’s.
We cannot stress enough how different everyone is when it comes to this sort of thing and we can guarantee not all of these tips are going to work for you and your particular situation. But if you’re finding weight loss a struggle, give one of them a go and you never know, you might have hit on something that can help immensely.
By Anna Scott, 26th October 2016