How to Add Motivation to Medical Weight Loss
February 22, 2021 in
Craig Primack MD FACP
The excitement of getting started on medical weight loss is all the motivation you need. Then, as your weight starts dropping every week you get a renewed sense of excitement and success.
After a while, even watching the scale can lose some of its motivating force. If you reach a plateau, make a mistake, or gain a pound or two it can feel degrading.
Make weight loss more enjoyable by attaching it to things that are important to you. This will ramp up motivation when you’re facing a difficult patch. When you enjoy your journey to weight loss, you’re less likely to give up on it during difficult times.
4 Ways to Motivate Yourself During Weight Loss
Here are a few ideas to make your weight loss journey more enjoyable:
Find someone to hold you accountable. Throughout your medical weight loss program, you’ll likely have more than one goal to reach. Every couple of weeks your weight loss doctor may check your progress to make sure you’re on track. Use these times to assess whether or not you’ve reached one of your weight loss goals.
Reward yourself for extra weight loss. You don’t have to buy yourself anything expensive. Whatever makes you feel proud of yourself will help keep you motivated to stay on track with weight loss. Treat yourself to a massage or a manicure or an hour on a creative hobby. Give yourself some quality time.
Share your efforts and support a good cause. As you transition into a healthier lifestyle with a medical weight loss program, share your joy with others around you. For every couple of pounds, you lose you could donate a dollar to a local food bank. You could do a walk-a-thon to support medical research for diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Boost your weight loss efforts with activities while also supporting a greater cause.
Experiment with healthy foods. Any food can be improved with a few herbs and spices. Try a different way of preparation. If you find healthy foods bland, spice them up or look for healthy alternatives. If your diet consists of OPTIFAST meals only, there are a variety of recipes that can add flavor without adding calories. Ask our dietitian or your provider for a few ideas.
Invest some time now while your motivation is high to find something you can use to stay motivated throughout your program and continue it into the long-term maintenance phase.