motivation to lose weight? We have some weight loss motivation tips
that will help. Being overweight can sap your energy and make
everything seem harder. If you try to lose weight by counting calories,
you will be hungry all the time and you will have even less energy. It
is hard to get motivated to go through that kind of torture,
vegan weight loss plan is different.
You don't have
measure portions or count calories.
The best part is that you
can and should eat until you are satisfied.
You just have
to eat the right foods and avoid the wrong ones.
What motivates you?
There are a lot of good reasons to lose weight. Some common sources
of motivation are:
- Embarrassment about your appearance
- Job discrimination
- Social discrimination
- Pressure from family members
- Difficulty in finding clothes
- Fatigue, discomfort, and health problems
Are you mainly motivated by these personal and
health issues? If you don't know much about
the compassionate and environmental reasons to be a vegan,
open your mind and learn about them. That will give you some extra
On the other hand, maybe you are an overweight vegan who
is motivated only
You may be projecting a negative image of vegans as you graze
french fries and vegan candy. Which of your friends will want to be a
vegan if they see that you are overweight and have no energy?
Educate yourself about nutrition and exercise. Set a good example as a
healthy vegan and you will lose weight too.
- Compassion for animals
- Concern for the environment
How to get started
Let's face facts: it makes no sense to go on a diet, lose
weight, and then go back to your old eating habits. You will just gain
the weight back again. Instead, we suggest that
you change your habits for good.
Do you have a strong attachment to your bad habits? All the weight loss
motivation tips in the world can't help unless you are ready to
change. First, just read this summary of how to break bad
habits, and see if you are at the right stage to make a
Next, get a notebook
to use for a weight loss journal. Many
of our weight loss motivation tips have more power if you write them
As you go through the stages of changing your lifestyle, begin
Write them in your weight loss journal. A smart goal is:
After you work through these first few weight loss motivation tips, the
is to write down some weight
Affirmations are words that you say out loud to yourself. Say
them to yourself in the mirror, or in the car while you are
driving. Say them with enthusiasm and emotion so your
subconscious gets the message loud and clear:
- Measurable: it contains a number.
- Realistic: your subconscious mind believes you
- A present tense statement: as if you have
already achieved it.
- "I eat a lot of vegetables. They are my
- "I feel so healthy. I love my healthy vegan
- "I enjoy going for my walk every day."
Weight loss research
There is a lot of interesting research on obesity and weight
loss. A vegan diet with a low calorie density always turns out to be
the best diet for weight loss. Here
weight loss facts that are based on research. Study them to
learn a few more weight loss motivation tips that you may not know
Be motivated by health
Instead of looking for weight loss motivation tips, think
about dietary changes
this way: you are learning a healthy
that will lower your disease risk for years to come. On a healthy vegan
diet, your eyes will be bright and your skin clear. Your brain
will function better and your mood will improve. You will set a glowing
example for your friends and family.
There are many keys to a
A low fat vegan diet and a daily exercise plan are two biggies. But
take inventory of the rest of your life:
Aim for optimal physical health!
- Are you drinking alcohol?
- Dependent on caffeine?
- Using drugs, legal or illegal?
- Are you working
- Not getting enough sleep?
- Do you get some fresh air and
sunshine every day?
Mental health is
important too. If you have emotional issues with eating,
investigate the Emotional Freedom Technique, which is a form of
psychology. It involves tapping on acupressure points. It sounds
strange, but a respected friend who is a social worker used it on both
us with good results.
Look for a health professional who does EFT tapping. This
method can help you eliminate harmful emotions that destroy
your motivation for weight loss.
Vegan diet books
Learn about weight loss and the vegan diet. These are the vegan cookbooks we
recommend for weight loss recipes.
We especially like the RAVE Diet book and the Eating DVD, both by Mike Anderson.
You may also want to get some of
the following vegan
diet books and DVDs.
A few of them are out of print; you can find them in the
buy them used on Amazon. Here are our
Food Seduction by
Neal Barnard, MD. This book offers many weight loss motivation tips
from the presidant of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
Turn Off the
Fat Genes by
Neal Barnard, MD
Cause You To Lose Weight by Neal Barnard, MD
by Michael Greger, MD.
by Joel Fuhrman, MD
Formula Diet by Janice Stanger, Ph.D.
Density (DVD) by
Jeff Novick, RD. This DVD is hilarious! Jeff Novick is not only a
registered dietitian but a comedian. He gives you weight loss
motivation tips along with some good laughs.
Vegetarian magazines and
We have found that vegetarian
magazines tend to have rich recipes that contain lots of
oil, sugar, flour, and too many nuts. Years ago,
we subscribed to Vegetarian
Times, but now it seems to cater more to
semi-vegetarians and non-vegetarians. They publish a few weight loss
motivation tips, but not many. Save your money.
However, we do like VegNews
just because it keeps us connected to the vegan community.
For the ultimate educational experience, attend a vegetarian conference:
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
holds conferences in
The North American Vegetarian Society
hosts a fabulous five day Summerfest
year in Johnstown, PA. There
are dozens of lectures, cooking classes, and social activities.
Summerfest is not only educational but also lots of fun.
held some excellent conferences in Los Angeles over the past few years.
We hope they are able to continue the tradition. They create DVDs of
their speakers and package them together each year. If you can't attend
their conference, buy one or more of the DVD sets.
The vegan lifestyle
There are many other vegetarian and vegan resources available. Take
of them, especially the
vegetarian groups. This is where you will find friends who
eat the same way you do.
It is easier to stay on a vegan weight loss diet if you avoid eating in
restaurants. Instead, socialize with friends by taking turns
hosting low fat vegan potluck dinners. The dinners don't have to be
fancy. Sometimes we have last minute potlucks where we
just bring whatever leftovers are in the fridge. Interesting
The important thing is
to get together with your friends. Have fun, exchange recipes, share
weight loss motivation tips. Collect potluck ideas for
birthdays, holidays, and different seasons of the year.
One American holiday that is often weird for vegans is
Thanksgiving. We have a great vegan
Thanksgiving dinner every year. We cook a Tofurky
our non-vegan friends and they rave about it. Sometimes we make
a lentil loaf instead. It is easy to find vegan
recipes for mashed potatoes, gravy, yams,
stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
We hope all of these weight loss motivation tips help you stay on a
healthy vegan diet. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of
vegans on the planet now, with more people changing their diets every
day. There are hundreds of famous
vegans, including actors, musicians, authors, and
philosophers. You are in good company.