Demotivation is the number one reason we give up on dieting, we ‘will start on Monday’ or we treat ourselves ‘just this one’.

Lack of motivation or ‘demotivation’ is not our fault.The human bodies are designed to store fat, to crave addicting foods (like sugar and fat). Do not blame yourself for failing but take those failings and learn from them. Planning ahead is the key to being successful when it comes to weight loss.

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Where does lack of motivation come from?

Lack of motivation to workout, eat well or even do our daily chores. It’s nothing new, we like to do as little work for as much gain (who wouldn’t?). Lack of motivation can stem from our own disbelief that what we’re doing is the right thing.

  • Will we get the results we want?
  • How quickly will they happen?
  • Is it worth investing the time in?
  • Will it benefit me in the long-term?

Tell yourself that it will be worth it, tell yourself that no matter how long it takes it will be worth it. You deserve to be happy, whatever your goal is.

Specifically speaking Weight loss is down to how much time and passion you invest in your health. There will be times where you feel the time invest in your weight loss regime is far too much for too little reward but don’t forget. We can feel rewarded in health without directly losing weight.

Having praise from family and friends for our healthy choices is a huge motivational push. When we get a little bit of praise for a lot of work it means the world, right? Sometimes it’s nice to hear “you look great” or “well done with your healthy diet.”

 Sometimes you don’t the praise and sometimes you actually get negative comments and it’s about learning to cope with the negatives (the demotivational comments) that are associated with weight loss and knowing how to combat them.

Typical negative associations with weight loss are

  • Negative self-image with yourself.
  • Negative self-image from others, projected onto you.
  • Comments about you not being able to; complete your ‘diet’, it won’t last. Fad diets don’t work,
  • Temptation from social media, family and friends.
  • Lack of energy,
  • Lack of self-esteem,
  • An overall Unhappiness, work, family, money
For me, I really thrive on praise. It’s my biggest motivational push. Yeah, I know that seems fickle and shallow but I guess that’s because I’m the youngest child. So I seem to want to impress or ‘prove’ myself. I enjoy people telling me that my food looks great or that I look healthy.

Negatives can motivate too

Everyone forgets the importance of negatives, a lot of people thrive on negativity. I know, it sounds awful but… have you ever felt motivated to study for an exam that people have told you you’ll fail? That’s exactly it!

An important negative- Friends and family can become bitter towards you for making a change. Not because they don’t love you but because they believe this change will affect your relationship with them. Will you still go out for meals together, will you have things in common? It can put their mind in doubt over your relationship.

 Here’s an insert from my book:

“People will comment through their own guilt, they know what they should be eating and they know that with you changing then they will lose common ground with you. When I was larger I was often asked if I wanted to “Really eat that’”.

I go on to explain why they’re saying it, how you can talk about it, how you can continue with your weight loss in a healthy and easy way.
“Trust me, times will get tough and you’ll want to give in, you probably will a few times, but never think you’re weak because of it, you’re smart because of it. You will learn that our weakest times teach us about the strangest times.”
In short? Our failures make us stronger, so don’t give up on your goals. 80% of people who start a diet or weight loss plan fail within the first 2 weeks. So if you’re past that, then you’re past the hard part, now its just maintaining the drive to achieve what you set out to achieve.
Make sure you take time out to reasses your motivations and keep focused on the goal in mind.
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