Weight Management Weight Loss 7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence During Weight Loss By Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. Learn about our editorial process Updated on July 19, 2021 Medically reviewed Verywell Fit articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and nutrition and exercise healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS Medically reviewed by Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Goldman, Ph.D., FTOS, is a licensed psychologist, clinical assistant professor, speaker, and wellness expert specializing in weight management and eating behaviors. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print Are you trying to get healthier or change your body image by losing weight? The weight loss struggle requires that you stay upbeat and motivated—usually for a long period of time. But it can be hard to feel good about yourself and when you're not happy with the way you look. That's why it's important to boost your confidence during weight loss. Many people who are attempting to lose weight expect to feel better about their bodies after weight loss. But if you boost your confidence while you're losing weight, you'll be more likely to stay motivated, stick to your program, and reach your goals. Use these techniques to stay inspired today and for the duration of your weight loss journey. Learn to Believe in Success Matelly / Getty Images Believing in yourself has real benefits. If you believe that you can lose weight, you are more likely to actually reach your weight loss goal. But if you think that you're going to fail, you're more likely to quit. So why not train your brain to believe in yourself? Psychologists and coaches do it all the time and you can, too. Start to boost your confidence with better beliefs today. How to Build Confidence About Weight Loss Set Smart Weight-Loss Goals One of the biggest mistakes that people who are attempting to lose weight make is not setting goals. Or worse, they set goals that are unrealistic. Goals provide a roadmap for your entire weight loss journey. The goals you set at the beginning of the weight loss process can change the outcome of your program. So why not take a few minutes to set SMART goals? Learn how to set and adjust Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. Stay Energized and Upbeat You're not likely to feel confident during weight loss if your energy level is at an all-time low. But eating less and exercising more can have that effect, especially during the early days of your weight loss plan. There are different ways to feel better, such as making sure you get enough sleep or enjoying nutritious foods to keep yourself fueled. Another way to feel better is to Improve your posture. How to Manage Diet Fatigue and Stress Look More Confident Today Hero Images/Getty Images Don't wait until the diet kicks in to make yourself look fabulous. Do it now! Your confidence will grow and your weight loss program will boost into hyperdrive when you revamp your look. Dress to impress yourself. Wearing clothes that fit properly (instead of oversized ones) can make a big difference in your mood and self-confidence. Exercise With Confidence Too intimidated to hit the gym? If you haven't exercised in a long time, you might feel uncomfortable trying a new class or starting a new program. Wearing workout clothes that make you feel good can help a lot. Or, start with home workouts using an app or streaming video to practice techniques in private before you visit a gym. How to Work Out at the Gym Like a Pro Boost Motivation for Weight Loss Everyone's motivation drags at some point in a weight-loss plan. It can be hard to keep your chin up when you don't see the results that you want on the scale. But there are motivation tricks that you can use to keep yourself on top of your game so that you complete your workouts, and keep your lifestyle changes on track. Find out how coaches do it and then incorporate those strategies into your own life. By Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from companies that partner with and compensate Verywell Fit for displaying their offer. These partnerships do not impact our editorial choices or otherwise influence our editorial content.