Is it harder to lose weight when you have less to lose? Why is weight loss so difficult? Here are ten things to try when your weight loss hits a plateau or you start to lose motivation. Note: This post contains affiliate links.
Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has hit a rough patch here and there. (If it were easy, we’d all be fit!) I know I have found myself there lately. It’s left me asking a lot of questions.
Why am I not losing weight dieting and exercising? Why do I find losing weight so hard? What should I do if I can’t lose weight?
It’s a totally normal thing to lose your mojo or hit a plateau. But that doesn’t mean that you should give up.
It’s inevitable that things WILL get tough. Once you’ve been losing weight for awhile and the excitement and initial pounds wear off, it gets hard.
Your hard work might be paying off in ways you don’t see, or you might be slacking off in ways that you haven’t recognized yet.
Or maybe you’ve had a life change (schedules, relationships, moves, etc.) that is really affecting your ability to focus on losing weight. You’re starting to lose sight of your goals and feeling a little defeated.
Whatever the case for you, when losing weight gets tough, there are things you can do to get back on track.
There are little things you can do to get back on track – you don’t have to get extreme like I did. When I realized I was getting fat and was unhappy & depressed, I decided to become a personal trainer. I decided that I needed to realign my priorities and put health at the top. Becoming a personal trainer was the ultimate way to keep myself accountable for getting healthy. Since that’s probably too much for most people, I’ve compiled a list of things you can try instead. 😉
10 Things to Try When Losing Weight Gets Tough
1. Set actionable goals with time frames.
Anyone can set a big, dreamy goal. Mine is to get to a healthy BMI (22-24.9) by the end of 2018. That means I need to lose 35+ pounds after I have this baby in late January. But how am I going to get there? Each month and each week, I have small goals set to help me get there. The more specific, the better. You need realistic action steps to reach a goal, so if you don’t already have these, that could be keeping you from losing weight. If it helps, keep a workout/weight loss journal. If you’re trying to lose weight after having baby, be sure to check out this post about setting realistic postpartum goals.
2. Announce your goals on social media.
Studies have shown that people who announce their intentions publicly are more likely to follow through. That means that if you can be a little vulnerable by putting your specific goals on social media, you’re more likely to actually do it. If that’s what it takes to keep losing weight and reaching your goals, I’d say it’s worth it. P.S. That’s a huge reason why I started this blog. Follow me on Instagram for my monthly goals & postpartum weight loss journey.
3. Enlist a new workout buddy.
Nothing can make working out more fun than working out with friends. It takes the serious business side of losing weight away and makes it social. You’ll start to forget that you’re working out if you’re enjoying yourself. Plus, it will help you stay accountable to check in with friends about your health goals every now and then. If you have trouble finding committed buddies like I did, consider hiring a personal trainer.
4. Follow some inspiring Instagram accounts.
I follow a lot of fitness accounts and I’m inspired by them ALL the time. Whether you need inspiring words or workout ideas, you’ll find them on Instagram. You don’t have to choose Instagram, but if you do, I suggest following Girls Gone Strong. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me too. 😉
5. Switch routines.
Been running on the treadmill every day? Try swimming! Try my 4 week home workout plan! Try a new workout DVD! Sometimes, both our bodies and our brains need a break from our “regular” routines. This will help your body bust through plateaus, but you also might find something new to love! And when it comes to losing weight, enjoyment is a huge player in permanent change.
6. Try working with a personal trainer.
A huge part of a personal trainer’s job is simply to motivate. They’ll also take the guesswork out of your workouts, so you just have to show up and do them. No planning, no overthinking, just work! If you think that a personal trainer is too much of a commitment or investment, consider working with one just a few times to learn new exercises and hear some important encouraging words.
Also read: 10 Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer
7. Try a new group fitness class.
Not only will you feel empowered by how brave you are showing up to something new, you’ll get that social aspect I mentioned before. Finding like-minded people to be around is important in reaching your goals. You don’t have to become BFFs with everyone in class, but a few smiles exchanged will go a long way. You might find that you love Barre, Yoga, PUMP, Zumba, etc! If you do, roll with it! Here’s how to rock your first attempt at a new group fitness class.
8. Get some new gear.
Honestly, there is not much like a new pair of flattering leggings or hot pink shoes to get me to the gym. (I can only justify the spending if I actually use them!) It’s fun to shop for new workout gear when you’re losing weight, and it might just be the thing you need to keep going. I’ve personally been lusting after some new Evolve leggings, but I’m going to use them as goal-getting motivation. 🙂
9. Download a new workout app.
Trying new things is the trend here, you see? When I get bored or I’m tired of planning my own workouts, I’ll use apps like Aaptiv to get me going. You don’t have to try long workouts, just try switching up your movements by letting someone (or something) else tell you what to do. The best part is that you can use these apps on the go.
10. Set reminders on your phone.
Some fitness trackers will alert you when you’ve been sedentary for too long. But if you don’t have one that does that, simply set alerts on your phone or computer! When I know I’m going to sit down to blog, I often set a timer that alerts me when it’s been 1/2-1 hour. Then I know it’s time to get up and walk around, do some squats, or wash the dishes. Do that to keep yourself from getting sucked into screen time or be reminded of your goals. It’s an easy way to keep your body burning that fuel.
Are you having trouble losing weight? I do hope that these tips help! Tell me your best defense against plateaus and losing motivation below!