Why Can’t I Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Asking yourself, “Why Can’t I Stay Motivated to Lose Weight?”

You’re not alone.

Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.

You start out on fire.

You’re motivated to lose weight.  You exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods.

Making healthy choices feels natural and effortless.

 

 

But then, everything shifts.

Suddenly, everything that felt so natural feels inconvenient now.

It’s easier to make excuses.

Your motivation is gone. Exercise seems inconvenient and you’re craving all of those foods you’ve left behind.

“I don’t want to workout!  I’ll start over Monday!  Pizza sounds so good right now!

And all of the sudden you’re 3 slices in and feeling guilty.

Like a failure… like you knew better but you did it anyway… and you find yourself wondering, “Why can’t I stay motivated to lose weight?”

Sound familiar?

It should. It’s the frustrating shift that virtually every person trying to lose weight experiences on a regular basis (myself included).

If you’ve ever hit a rough patch and lost your motivational mojo, then today’s episode of CCtv is perfect for you.

As with many things in life, we go through changes in stages. Weight loss is no different.

As you know, successful weight loss is about changing your lifestyle.

That’s just another way of saying you need to change your behaviors. The stages of behavior change have been studied in depth.

Below is my take on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (I know, fancy wording), and how it corresponds to staying motivated to lose weight.

To stay motivated to lose weight, you need to make sure you’re in the right stage, mentally.

What stage are you in?  Watch this video to find out.

 

THE 5 STAGES OF WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATION

Weight Loss Motivation Stage 1:  Precontemplation

In the first stage of weight loss, people have no intention to change their lifestyle.

They either don’t see a reason to change their habits, don’t think there’s a problem with their body/health, or they’re happy just the way things are.

In this stage, people rationalize their thoughts.

They may think to themselves “losing weight is too much work” or “life is good just the way it is” or “I don’t need to lose weight to be happy.“

The good news? If you’re reading this you’re probably not in this phase.

 

 

Weight Loss Motivation Stage 2:  Contemplation

Contemplation is the phase where most people wanting to lose weight get stuck.

In this stage, you’ve made a conscious decision that you need to make changes if you want to lose weight.

Now you’re contemplating, what to do to make that happen.

Maybe you already know what to do, or maybe you don’t have a clue.

During this stage, you’re seeking out information, but not yet actively changing your eating or exercise habits.

You may be in this stage right now.

Weight Loss Motivation Stage 3:  Preparation

During the preparation stage, you feel ready and able to make lifestyle changes because you see that there’s a benefit associated with the effort you’ll be making.

You feel ready to make changes because they’ll result in a reward.

You feel encouraged and inspired to take action.

So you start making small behavioral changes like drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or swapping out fries for a side salad.

Moving from the contemplation stage to the preparation stage is a big deal. You’ve successfully acknowledged and accepted that you need to make changes and have begun to make small changes.

The preparation phase is one of the most important phases.

Many people stay here. While others skip this stage completely and immediately start to take action.

I admire their drive, but their success levels dramatically decrease, as they skipped right past one of the most important steps to losing weight and staying motivated…

Having a meal plan or exercise program that works for their goal, or educating themselves about what they should eat and which exercises they need to use to reach their goal.

 

 

Weight Loss Motivation Stage 4:  Action

The action stage of weight loss is one of the most difficult. The action phase is where you’ve set goals and start taking action to get them.

This is when you’re actively changing your bad habits and replacing them with good ones.

It’s the time where you’re breaking your emotional connections to food.

It’s the time where you’re questioning if you have what it takes to do this for the rest of your life.

It’s the stage where many people make it to, but end up relapsing back to the 1st or 2nd stage.

People struggle to stay in the action stage because they don’t have the education, tools, plan, and support they need to stay motivated.

If you can stay in the action phase for at least 6 months, you have likely made a lasting change in your life.

 

 

Weight Loss Motivation Stage 5:  Maintenance

In the maintenance stage, you have successfully changed the majority of your bad habits and have lived a healthy and active lifestyle full of whole foods and exercise for more than six continuous months.

You know how bad behaviors can adversely affect your weight and health.

You know that eating healthy food makes you feel so much better than the temporary happiness emotional eating provided. In fact, you have no intention of engaging in that behavior ever again.

Your confidence is sky high, and your body has undergone a complete transformation.

People (including the original non-supporters) are now complementing you on your weight loss and asking you how you did it.

Congratulations, you have successfully changed your life for good, and living this new healthy lifestyle is just as easy to do as living the unhealthy one was in the past.

WHY YOU CAN’T STAY MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT

To lose weight you have to stay in the action phase… people typically lose their motivation to lose weight and leave the action stage for 4 reasons:

1) You haven’t accepted you have to give up the habits that caused the weight in the first place

Are you really ready to give up your bad habits? You don’t have to change overnight. Make a conscious effort to slowly phase out your vices, and replace them with healthier alternatives.

2) You’re not emotionally jazzed up about your goal body

They don’t want to lose weight bad enough. Get crystal clear about what you want, why you want it, and how (freaking!) good it’s going to be when you get it. Visualize it!

Think about how bad you want it every time that little devil on your shoulder is trying to get you to cheat on your diet or skip the gym. A Weight Loss Vision Board can help you stay motivated and focused.

3) You aren’t getting the results you want… so you give up out of frustration

This happens when you don’t follow a complete plan that’s best for you and your goal.

Make sure you’re following the right program for you. But it’s also important that you follow professional advice…

Preferably a professional who completely understands exercise, nutrition, and how to use both to lose fat, and keep you motivated… like me! ; )

4) You have something working against you and your metabolism

Motivation struggles are often a symptom of a much bigger issue.

It is A LOT HARDER to stay motivated if you have toxic build-up, metabolic damage, or a hormone imbalance working against you.

That’s why I created this Free Metabolic Profile to find out if you have any metabolic issues working against you and how you can start fixing it.  Get started on your free metabolic profile here.

The good news is, it’s completely possible to use food and exercise to reset your body quickly and reverse problems so you can lose fat fast.  (like up to 10 pounds in 7 days fast)

Please leave me a comment and let me know what stage of weight loss motivation you’re in and what you struggle with the most.

If you tell me what you need help with, I’ll make more posts for you. : )

Hugs and Love

Your Biggest Cheerleader
xxoo

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12 Comments
  • Leah
    Posted at 15:04h, 21 May Reply

    I can definitely relate to this, so I really appreciate this article’s perspective on approaching things as a matter of lifestyle. I’ve found that the most important thing in weight loss is developing a combination of habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle, like you touched on in #1. That’s the only way to achieve permanent weight loss, and it’s a major part of any truly successful weight loss strategy.

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    Posted at 13:49h, 11 September Reply

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  • how to make a weight loss vision board that works
    Posted at 15:06h, 11 September Reply

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  • Lisa
    Posted at 13:21h, 30 November Reply

    Great article that so many can relate to. Biggest obstacle for me was changing bad habits and moving to a healthier lifestyle that includes low carb eating. I actually started a low carb food blog five years ago to keep me motivated and have done well ever since.

  • Kari
    Posted at 17:15h, 30 November Reply

    I constantly go in phases of motivation of working out and eating healthy. I am trying so hard to incorporate lifestyle changes instead!
    Kari

  • Esther Nix
    Posted at 15:30h, 02 November Reply

    I have been in the action stage several times now, but I guess I get bored and fed up with all the restrictions. I want to be that woman who can eat the chocolate cake once a week and enjoy pasta and bread!! If I cut out all the dairy and the carbs, I lose weight but then I crave those things and end up binging and falling off the wagon so to speak.
    Everything gets annoying and I’m grumpy. How do I find the right balance, without it costing an arm and a leg!

  • Martina Simpkins
    Posted at 02:36h, 03 November Reply

    Great article. The biggest hurdle in the way to weight loss is that when one begins losing weight, the body resists this. If you go on a diet, your body will begin conserving energy. If you lose weight suddenly, your body’s metabolic rate will slow, making it an uphill task just to maintain the same weight. What I’ve found useful is taking a sauna for just 10 minutes, 2-3 times a week. It helps improve circulation and increase the metabolic rate, which aids weight loss.

  • karen
    Posted at 07:51h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for this info. I know what to do and I am sorta doing it some days of the week but can’t fully commit to it. My struggle is I want to look like I’m still in my 30’s. I’m now in my 60’s and not sure how I should look. Lot’s of confusion and can’t make that commitment.

  • Edwin Madison
    Posted at 11:30h, 05 November Reply

    Great post.

    I find it extremely hard to change my lifestyle that supports weight loss naturally. Well, taking ‘action’ is where I always finds myself during my weight loss journey – this makes me a forever Stage 4 contender 🙂

  • Diane O'Hare
    Posted at 22:47h, 05 November Reply

    I love all your articles, advice and videos. I am currently once again at my highest weight and I want to begin the process of getting myself healthy again but I find I get so overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. I do great in the morning with breakfast, lunch is not an issue but come about 3:00 and so on and I am history. If it is there I will eat it. And once I cheat I am done for the day and figure once I cheat … Oh well…there is always tomorrow. This is my pattern. So tired of this pattern….

  • Alecia
    Posted at 11:14h, 07 November Reply

    I am like Diane and Karen. Some days I am glorious and by the end of the day not so much. Sometimes I struggle with what to eat (even though I have prepared food) I want something else. Balance is very important to me especially since I am 60ish and doesn’t know what 60 should look like/feel.

  • Neha Sharma
    Posted at 15:06h, 11 December Reply

    This is quite interesting for i have been trying to find ways on how i can one day lose weight without affecting my health.

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