4 Ways To Use Reverse Motivation for Weight Loss

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I know of quite a few people who have 'body role models' and piles of fitness magazines full of images of healthy, attractive people, which they use to motivate themselves. This is fine if this works for you, but some people may find that a picture of a slim, strong, twenty-something running up a mountain simply isn't enough to make them put down the beer, chips and chocolate and head to the gym.

If this sounds familiar then try reverse motivation!

Reverse motivation works by reminding you of what you're trying to escape from or prevent, rather than what you're trying to achieve.  Here are some simple tricks to do this:

1) Often I hear of people sticking pictures of their 'body role models' to the fridge. Personally this doesn't work for me as I don't want to look like any one else in particular, but what does work, is not wanting to look like my old self again! Try sticking a photo of you at your starting weight to the fridge, cupboard doors or even on the takeaway menu, as a handy reminder of the kinds of foods you should be taking out your fridge and cupboards and the kind of foods (and drinks) best left on the supermarket shelf. If you live with others and don't want them to see your starting weight picture splashed all over the communal areas, then set it as your desktop background or mobile wallpaper. 

2) Try watching a TV show like the UK's Supersize Vs Superskinny. This show is a very handy reminder of what extremes look like and what we need to do prevent becoming either one of them. Here's a clip of the show

3) If you have trouble resisting fast food on your lunch break, simply Google 'how chicken nuggets are made' and watch the YouTube videos and/or read some of the articles. Go on, I'll wait here. 

Disgusting isn't it? Exactly why you should spend one or two minutes the night before or first thing in the morning, constructing a delicious healthy sandwich to take to work, instead of eating that rubbish you see in the videos.  

4) Print off a picture like the one at the top of this post, then print off a picture of any healthy, attractive person of your choice (celebrity or otherwise) and stick the pictures side-by-side onto some card. Place this anywhere you'll see it before getting food, whether it's in the kitchen or in your desk drawer at work. Now each time you have to make a decision between healthy, wholesome food or junk food, you will see the images that represent the outcomes of such decisions. 

You'll likely find that somewhere along the way, you will no longer need to go to such lengths to motivate (or reverse motivate) yourself into making the right choices. Eventually they will become habits and you'll love feeling healthy and energetic so much that you won't even consider returning to your old ways.

1 comment

  1. This was a great read, you are absolutely right! I was told to put a picture of my celeb goal on my door so it can remind me daily of my goal and all it did was install this doubt that I didnt have when I started my weight loss goal. Since then my goal has changed from a goal of a super star celeb to a plus size model who is a size 10/12.

    Love the site, look forward to the reads.


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