• Felicia Newell, RD, MSc

4 Tips for Staying Highly Motivated to Stay on Track with your Diet

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Something that we can all struggle with from time to time - motivation. Especially when it comes to making healthy choices, with the ultimate goal of developing a healthy relationship with food so you can feel your best and improve your quality of life.

One of the major things that has a crappy effect on our motivation is our mindset - you know, the 'all or nothing' mentality that causes you to feel guilty when you get hangry and demolish a donut or two, and/or a whole bag of chips?

Before we get into some tips that help keep the motivation flowing, let me tell you a little secret. At least, this will be a secret to many people (I know it because they tell me, and even I've told me this before). You are not flawed, and you are not a failure. If you don't currently feel like this, maybe you can relate to feeling this at at least one point in time.

It goes something like this. You try to make a lifestyle change such as getting healthier. Maybe you try a 'diet', and it goes well for awhile. You feel better. Maybe you even lose some weight. Then, it gets more and more difficult to follow, and you go back to old habits, maybe gain some weight back. This might make you feel like a failure, and that you're flawed. "Why can't I stick to this?" "Other people can do it".

For one, scratch those thoughts right away when they come. They do not serve you or help you reach your goals. You'll hear me say this over and over again. You are not flawed, you are not a failure, and you are not, nor do you have to be perfect (none of us are).

You might compare yourself to someone else you see on social media, but they have probably had the same or similar setbacks as you, but you just haven't been shown them. Maybe you're just not using the right strategies that work for you and your life (which is why I think personalized nutrition plans are so important).

One of the very first (and most difficult) steps to making a lifestyle change is finding the motivation. You can want something, and you could have all of the knowledge in the world, and know what you should do, but not having the motivation can significantly get in your way (among other things of course, but this is a big one). You, like many others (including me!), might struggle with self-motivation from time to time. This means you may have a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workout, or will try and find more and more reasons to choose unhealthy foods more than you choose healthy ones. But guess what? Like I said…you’re not alone! We all struggle with motivation sometimes, but I have some tips that can help you self-motivate and reach your goals, and that I have used to help countless clients achieve their goals. A healthy dose of motivation coupled with determination will get you almost anything in life. So how do you know if you’re genuinely motivated?

  • Motivation will nag you to put down the donut (most of the time).

  • Motivation makes passing on fries a reflex (again…most of the time).

  • Motivation makes a sweat drenched workout exciting.

  • Motivation constantly reminds you why you do what you do (health, energy, playing with kids, feeling stronger, digestive wellness, etc!).