When you are on a diet plan to lose weight or to simply improve your health, it makes sense that if you stick as closely as possible to your meal plan, the higher the chances are that you will reach your goals. Being able to stay on track is great, but it’s not always the reality for everyone. Many people struggle with sticking to their meal plan long enough to reach their goals. There are many factors that come into play, and staying motivated is one of them. Today we will share 4 tips that will help you stay motivated long term so that you can reach your goals.
1. Focus on one change at a time
Creating healthy habit changes is an important part of the process. But if you try to make too many changes at once, chances are you will feel overwhelmed and lose motivation. When you focus on one change at a time, it will help keep you focused and you will wind up being more successful in the long run. It’s hard enough to make a single change, so if you add even more to your plate from the start, you may feel defeated in a short period of time. It’s ok to go at your own pace, this is not a race. Once you feel confident that your first change is becoming a habit that you can see yourself sticking to, then you can pick something else to focus on.
2. Keep track of your progress
Keeping track of your progress helps to keep you on course. It can help with your willpower when you have a reminder of how much effort you have already put in. Tracking your water and food intake on the G-Plans app along with doing your weekly check-ins is a great place to start. This will provide a logged record of your progress. Uploading progress photos along the way is also a great idea in order to keep track of any positive, physical changes to your body. You may also consider taking extra notes in a journal, such as how your energy levels or sleeping patterns are.
3. Get help if you need it
There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you need help. Many people need extra support around accountability. When you admit this to yourself and take the necessary steps to receive the help you need, you are only helping yourself reach your goals quicker and in a more streamlined way. You can always book an appointment with a G-Plans Nutritionist if you think you would benefit from this sort of help. Many people find that they reach their goals in a much more efficient way when they have someone to help hold them accountable and support them along on their journey.
4. Celebrate your successes along the way
If you don’t slow down to pat yourself on the back sometimes, you may not give yourself the credit you deserve. Making changes is never easy, so you should allow yourself to feel proud of how far you’ve come, even if you don’t think you’re close to your end goal. Each success deserves to be celebrated. Celebrating your successes along the way will help you to keep your drive and make it across the finish line.