Among all struggles we face in achieving a healthier life, motivation is the toughest to gain and the easiest to lose. This is especially true when it comes to going to the gym, exercising and working out. It’s a tough habit to break into, and most are often quick to quit because they do not get the results they want in the time frame they want.
A good majority will start to wonder why they are not losing weight at the ideal rate or why their six pack isn’t visible. That often leads to a loss of motivation. However, the beauty of it is that you can gather willpower and you can get the motivation back. And there are scientifically proven ways to back that up.
#1. Avoid Unrealistic Goals
The first thing we are told to do is to set a goal for ourselves and use it as inspiration to maintain motivation to go to gym and achieve our target. The issue is that our ideal is often far fetched and not in a sense that we could never get to it. With the right preparation and will, we can. However, we won’t achieve it fast or easy. No matter how much we want our toned body in a few weeks, it will not be possible. So, setting realistic goals is one part of the trick. The second part, however, is to avoid unrealistic goals.
A study on female volunteers tracked the rate of their diet for one full week. They were asked to keep a count of what they ate. Half of the volunteers received a diary with a stick-thin model on the cover, while the other half received one with the run-of-the-mill diet-related image. By the week’s end, the women who had received the diary with the thin model on the cover ended up going for high-calorie snacks more often. In fact, they gained weight over the course of the study.
That determined the researchers to conclude that imagery of unobtainable goals actively discouraged women from making an effort at staying healthy and getting thin.