The 10 Best Weight Loss Quotes to Push You Through the Toughest Moments

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If you’re aiming to lose weight, it’s going to be easier on some days, harder on others, to stay excited about what you’re doing. Whether it’s because you’re fatigued or stressed or you didn’t get to the grocery store for produce, there will likely be moments where you lose sight of the big picture on why you’re doing this. There are going to be those days when you have a few extra servings of those amazing ribs that you make. And those days when you think, hey, would anybody really know that I stopped for ice cream on the way back from the grocery store?

It doesn’t always take a lot to boost your motivation. Some experts recommend making a list of reasons that you want to lose weight right when you’re starting out and reading those every single day. But if you didn’t do that (it’s never too late), and the tortilla chips (and the cheese sauce, and a beer, and maybe a double enchilada to wash it down) are calling out to you even though you know they won’t make you feel great, these quotes help bring your weight loss motivation back.

And if you haven’t even started your weight loss plan yet, these can provide inspiration for that, too.

Losing weight is like reaching for any other goal, which is why even sports figures who’ve never had weight concerns can still provide the kind of motivation that keeps you on track. Turn to these weight loss quotes whenever you need a boost.

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Focus and Effort

“Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and Effort, and we control both.”
—Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, actor and pro wrestler

Obstacles Don’t Have to Stop You

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

—Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player

Refuse to Fail

“It’s not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it’s refusing to fail.”

—Peyton Manning, former professional football player

You Want Something, Go Get It

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”

—Will Smith, actor

Believe in Yourself

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”

—Venus Williams, professional tennis player

Do What’s Best for Your Body

“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.”

—Julius Erving, retired professional basketball player

If You Take Care of Your Body, It’ll Take Care of You

“If you take care of your body, it’ll take care of you. The benefit obviously is that I’m protecting my body from being harmed. I did my best to prepare and condition my body over time. If I didn’t do this, I’d look a mess because of the lifestyle I live. I mean, the moment you go off [your fitness and eating plan], you notice the difference. You move slower.”

—Usher, singer/songwriter

People Like Rules

“I found that people like rules, and I love to tell people what to do. It’s not rocket science when it comes to weight loss. It’s about eating a little less and moving a little bit more.”

—Bob Harper, personal trainer

You Dream. You Plan. You Reach.

“So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.”

—Michael Phelps, former competitive swimmer/Olympian

You Gotta Eat Healthy and Live Healthy

“Sorry, there’s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.”

Morgan Spurlock, documentary filmmaker

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