If you are completely frustrated because you can't stick with a diet long enough to see results then what you are lacking is not willpower, it is motivation.

Starting a diet is easy, it can even feel exciting at the beginning because weight generally drops quickly the first week. The problems ...If you are completely frustrated because you can't stick with a diet long enough to see results then what you are lacking is not willpower, it is motivation.

Starting a diet is easy, it can even feel exciting at the beginning because weight generally drops quickly the first week. The problems begin later when weight loss slows and boredom sets in. At this time it is easy for anyone to throw in the towel and give up. What you need is a way to keep spiking your motivation.

Dieting motivation is simply finding ways to drive the change process. In order to stay motivated you must have three things in place: You must be in a contact with others who inspire you to do or be more; you must have a clear plan with multiple "winning points"; and you must be willing to change the way you think about dieting and weight loss. Let's take a closer look at these three diet motivators.

Work with Others:

Dieting is a challenge both physically and mentally but you will find your success soars when you face this challenge with others who share your ambition. A group or mentor inspires hope and strength and by meeting with them on a regular basis you stay motivated to continue working.

Design a Plan with Multiple Winning Points:

Too often weight loss is a knee-jerk reaction. Your pants are too tight or you know swim suit season is around the corner and you jump into a diet without a clear plan. A well thought out plan has multiple winning points built in. Winning points are ways of measuring your progress. Too often we use only the bathroom scale to measure our success. A good plan has you set up multiple baseline readings such as body measurements, body fat%, clothing size and weight. This way when the scale stops moving you can still see progress and you always feel like a winner. You might also want to have behavioral goals in place for additional winning points: for instance you might set a goal to walk 45 minutes -- 5 days a week by the end of your third week of dieting. When you hit it you have another winning point to celebrate. This gives you a steady flow of motivation.

Clean Up Your Thoughts

You can't change a habit without changing the thoughts and beliefs that drive it. For example, if you decide to give up chocolate so you can lose weight but deep down inside you belief chocolate helps you cope with stress, then you will not be able to break your chocolate habit. Your thoughts directly influence your habits and behaviors. If you clean up your thoughts while you clean up your diet you will prevent self-sabotage and find it easier to stay motivated.

Motivation is the key to sticking to a diet long enough to reach your goal. Work with a group or mentor that inspires you and fills you will hope; create a plan with multiple winning points; and keep your thoughts focused on the positive results you will get from your dieting efforts and you will find motivation that lasts.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC is the founder of Dr. Becky Fitness, LLC.