How to get motivated to not eat too much and excercise?
Topic: How to get motivated to not eat too much and excercise?
May 20, 2019 / By Alix Question:
Okay, I have a real problem. When it comes to food I just cannot control myself, I uses to be really thin and sporty, but now because of exams and stress I'm doing less sport and eating way more. (been 4 years now) every week I tell myself that I am going to stop snacking on food every few hours and do more exercise, and I set goals but not even after a week I am snacking again, eating eating a brownie at school or something from home. It's a problem of my self motivation, I just cannot motivated myself.
I have decided to do more exercise now but I just can't seem to not eat/snack even when I decide to snack on a couple of nuts and dried fruit, I end up eating chocolate or something.
Do any of you have any ideas on how I can motivate myself and for it to last? Like some 'mind tricking' tips or something?
Best Answers: How to get motivated to not eat too much and excercise?
Uriah | 4 days ago
How to motivate yourself to exercise.
1. Do it with a friend.
Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more
successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other
accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with
them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
2. Do exercising which you enjoy. For example, you find running
boring. You can replace it with any other cardio activity: roller
blading, playing badminton, tennis, bicycling burn a lot of
calories, and you feel more like you are having fun, than like you are
punishing yourself for that extra doughnut.
3. Choose music you like, dynamic and vigourous, to make it more
4. Check regularly with your clothes, see how they become bulkier,
whoop from joy, photograph the progress and create a photo gallery on
5. Set fitness goals, independent on weight loss. For example, say to
yourself "Next time, I will run quicker, and it will take me only ten
minutes to do so", or such. You will feel like a real athlete,
preparing for a big day. Keep a journal of your athletic achievements.
6. Compete. Enrol into a local amateur tennis competition, for
example. This way, you will have a goal to achieve, which is different
from your weight loss, and you will have people to impress and you
will have to be adequate, so you'll try harder.
7. Reward yourself (but not with food, you will end eating more than
you burned, and will become disillusioned quickly). Invent a set of
rules for yourself, for example: every time I am not feeling like
exercising, but do it, I will put 1 dollar in my piggy bank, every
time I achieve this or that goal - three. At the end of the month go
out and buy yourself the most impractical things you were craving but
denying yourself with this money.
8. Do not wait for some big moment or big day to start exercising.
There are spaces in your daily schedule when you procrastinate - fill
them with activities. For example, instead of sitting on the couch,
saying "It does not matter, I am going to the gym the next day", get
off and do a series of push ups, or skip with the skipping rope (buy
it for one dollar in one dollar store), walk down the stairs at work
or around the block at your lunch break. This way, you are exercising,
fighting boredom, and do not have to sweat in the gym for hours
afterwards. This random 7-10 minutes activities will roll at the end
of the day into a full gym session!
9. Use "I will show them all" technique (sparingly). Think about the
mean people who teased you, the girl who refused to go out with you, a
sneering sales person in the clothes shop, imagine them all, and "show
them" - run fast, kick high, and end being and feeling gorgeous!
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Originally Answered: How do you stay motivated? I'm having a hard time with being motivated to exercise?
Congratulations on the progress you have already made. Here are some ideas on how to make further gains. I typically have a goal in mind that I am training for. Maybe sign yourself up with friends for a charity walk in a couple of months?
First, for all of the "quick and easy" weight loss diet pill suggestions, remember, if something sounds too good to be true... it probably is, particularly if you have to pay for it.
On Yahoo!Answers I find certain questions being asked repeatedly which is simply a reflection of new people participating. A couple of common questions amount to "How do I lose weight," or more specifically, "How do I lose abdominal fat?" I have gotten very positive responses from my answers when I paused to reply (and now beginning to get "It works!" emails that are very gratifying. I like helping people)... so have recently decided to put a good solid answer on my Yahoo!360 Blog (September 10) that I can point people to. These are my thoughts as a physician and athlete.
Don't target losing more than about 2 lbs per week. If you try to lose faster, your body will go into "starvation mode" and get very stingy about burning calories while at the same time very efficient about storing any calories that you do provide. And it will make you feel awful.
There is no site specific way of losing fat... the old myth about working your abs to burn belly fat isn't true. To get rid of love handles, you need to lose overall fat. That happens with exercise and watching your diet. More on that below.
The most effective way to lose fat is aerobic exercise in the "moderate" fat-burning range, ideally first thing in the morning before you eat. When you wake your body is ready to burn fat and your levels of growth hormone are highest at that time. Later in the day it can take up to 30 minutes just to put your body into a fat-burning mode.
Another overlooked way to burn fat is by lifting weights. Skeletal muscle has very high caloric needs... almost twice that of adipose (fat) tissue. Put on a little muscle and you will burn calories all day even at rest. Be aware that skeletal muscle weighs more, so with this approach you may see your weight increasing while your body fat is melting away. Not realizing this often stresses folks who think they should be losing weight as a measure of fitness. Forget the scale, look in the mirror and you will be happy.
To lose a pound of fat, you need to eliminate about 3500 calories. You can do this by burning more with exercise or by modifying your diet to reduce intake. If you do a Google search on say, "swimming calories" you will quickly find a website with tables of calories burned for a given exercise. You can use such lists to estimate how many calories you are burning up with your routine.
For diet, keep a diary for a couple of weeks counting calories, grams of protein, and grams of fat intake. It is easy with online sources of nutritional information (type the name of the food and calories into the Google search engine) and packaging labels. That will let you quickly figure out where the fat is coming from in your diet.
Fat gives you 9 calories per gram. So take the number of grams of fat, multiply by 9, then calculate what percentage the fat calories are of your total daily calories. Restricting the calories from fat to about 20% of your total intake is ideal for a maintenance diet... that isn't overly restrictive. Of note, you need some fat in your diet. For instance, the body uses fat to produce hormones. Once you have a picture of how to modify your diet, you can drop the diary and just go back to it occasionally if you are wanting to tweek things further.
There is a subset of questions that goes further and asks about "How to get a six-pack?" The answer is the same. Six-packs are 20% abdominal exercise and 80% diet. There is one caveat... abdominal muscles will form in the position that you work them, so be certain to pull them tightly toward your spine while doing crunches, etc. Also, during most lifting, the "core is active" which means that you should be stabilizing with contracted abs then too. Fail to do this and the abs will form, but bulging outward and the result is not attractive.
If you are trying to build muscle as a way to lose fat, then you may need to increase total calories and specifically your protein intake. I target about 0.8 g of protein per pound of body weight each day when actively building. That is far more protein than most people need in their diets.
I had that problem for years! I used to eat a giant chocolate bar and a massive bag of crisps on a daily basis. I felt like I just couldn't stop eating. Everyday I would tell myself this is the last time and the next day I'd be right back at it again
I too used to be very athletic.
You have to break the cycle somehow once you do that it will be fine. The main problem I found was that I'd try and be too healthy straight away. I'd eat food I didn't enjoy as my main meals, get hungry and by the end of the day I'd have given up. Eat healthy foods but also foods you enjoy and make sure you eat enough!
Also try and find a snack that you really enjoy-for me is was salt and vinegar snack a jacks- which I like almost as much as crisps! :D
Also I have a wishing key necklace. Now obviously it doesn't actually grant wishes but I wished on it to stay motivated and not eat rubbish and its helped A LOT as its something that I take everywhere and can see most of the time. It reminds me not to give up on myself. Its kind of silly I know but it works for me!
Try and persuade yourself that there's one way to lose weight and that's by eating less and every time you eat something bad your just setting yourself back further. Objectify it- is there any point in eating this food, is this food worth sacrificing your body and health?
At the same time though do allow yourself to have small lapses. I have chocolate most weeks but only a fairly small amount. Also I keep an eye on its calories. If the chocolate was 300 calories I make sure I do 30 mins on the rowing machine to make up for it.
I've cracked it now- I can't even imagine buying the amount of unhealthy foods I used to buy. I still enjoy them occasionally but in MUCH smaller amounts! I'm so sure you can do this too! Once your out of the cycle you'll be fine.
Good luck x
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Well the good news now is that you recognize you have a problem. The other good news is that snacking is good. You just need to be snacking on the right things. The problem is that if you snack on bad things, your body craves the bad food. If you eat the right foods, you stop craving. So don't starve yourself. If you're going to snack, do it every 3 hours. Secondly, if you eat right, you will have enough energy to exercise. Its more important to eat right when you do do exercise. So stick to eating raw nuts and dried fruit. If you really crave chocolate, at a little bit of dark chocolate and have a small bit. If you like sweet things, try herbal tea and add a bit of honey.
Stress causes a lot of bad eating and it's hard, because your excessive eating is linked to your emotions. Maybe a bit of therapy will help. If you can't do that, try keeping a diary and letting your feelings out there.
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Wow, I have the EXACT same problem as you! I used to walk all the time and weighed 120-ish pounds, but then I started dating a guy with a truck and now I'm like 145. Super stress at college didn't help either.
At any rate I've found a couple of "mind tricks" as you put it that work for me and since I've started doing them I've lost a pound a week! This is what I've done:
1. Make a graph/chart thingy of my weight and variously assorted body measurements so I can track my progress over a long period of time.
2. Set a few simple goals to follow every day for two weeks, then add some more. For example for the first two weeks I decided to only allow myself one sweet thing per day, eliminate any drinks with high fructose corn syrup and all sodas, and no eating after 8:00 PM. They don't sound too hard but it was actually pretty tough for me to do.
3. Get some workout DVD's. For me, these things are perfect because I can do them in the privacy of my own home. I always hated PE classes because for some reason I get super red-faced and sweaty even when I'm not working that hard. It is always so embarrassing when it looks like I've just run a marathon even though I've only run two laps around the gym, but in my room I can as gross as I want and nobody is going to see. It's nice too to step right into the shower and get all clean and not have to worry about foot fungus or something. I also don't get discouraged by myself because there's no one to compare myself to, which can be majorly depressing.
4. Set long term goals to go along with the short term ones. My ultimate goal is to get back under 125, and I've given my self until June to do it. I already mentioned the short term ones.
5. Keep a journal thingy. In the same place where I have my graphs and such I also do some writing. I talk about how I feel and how depressing trying to loose weight can be, and it really helps to get it off my chest. I also wrote down all my goals there and the reasons why I want to reach them. I really really helps when I'm having a hard time sticking to it to go back and read those things.
6. Don't starve yourself. Do you want to snack? Then go for it. Just be sure that whatever you eat isn't too bad for you, and set some rule for it like you only get a snack every 2 hours or something. Personally I have a major sweet tooth, so if I'm craving sugar and I've already had my sweet thing for the day I suck on a Lifesaver's mint. It usually satisfies my need for something sweet, and the minty taste reminds me of toothpaste and somehow this helps me not want to eat.
7. Reward yourself. If I stick to my two-week goal set, I give myself five bucks to spend however I want. I know that doesn't sound like much, but I hate spending money on stuff I don't technically need so it's actually a nice treat for me. I've also decided to splurge on a really nice swim suit if I meet my goals by the time June comes around. I usually go swimming in a T shirt and shorts because I've never had the self-confidence to run around half naked, but I'm gonna let myself look sexy this summer if I can manage to loose some weight XD
Anyway that's the stuff I've been doing. I have never stuck to something so long before (it's been three weeks now- not super long but it's beat my previous record of four days XD) and hopefully these techniques will work for you.
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Usually people like to eat just because they are bored.
Try not to keep too much junk food around the house. If it's there then you will be tempted to eat it. If you want to excercise maybe play a sport or go running. There is an app for ipod and iphone called Lose it! It keeps track of calories and excercise. It's really helpful.
Hope this helps!
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