Celebrating any occasion or life event often means rewarding ourselves with food. While treating ourselves with food is okay once in a while, food rewards are not always beneficial if you are trying to lose weight. 

When I first started to eat better and take care of my body, I noticed how much our society focuses on food. If we are celebrating or grieving, happy, sad, or angry – we eat and reward ourselves with food. When we meet up with friends, celebrate holidays, grieve the loss of a loved one – we fill ourselves with food. 

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The Science Behind Rewarding Ourselves

When we reward ourselves, our brains release a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine makes us feel good and happy.

As a result, you become more motivated and driven to do the task. You will also look forward to doing the task because it makes you feel good.

While it is important to reward yourself, not all rewards are created the same and you must choose the right rewards to create positive reinforcement.

Using the wrong rewards will not help you create better habits.

According to The Academic Support Officer on JMC’s Sydney campus, rewards can be a great incentive to keep you working towards your goals.

When your behavior is followed by a pleasant outcome, you are more likely to repeat the behavior. This is called positive reinforcement.

Connecting your hard work to rewards effectively not only gives you a mental break but also motivates you to want to do more of it.

Therefore, it is recommended to reward yourself to build your momentum and grow your habits.

Here is a list of 50+ non-food rewards for weight loss that you can use to treat yourself! 

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50+ Non-Food Rewards For Weight Loss

  1. Spa day at home
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Read a book
  4. Color in a coloring book
  5. Go to the library
  6. Watch your favorite show on Netflix
  7. Get a massage
  8. Buy yourself a new outfit
  9. Get a pedicure
  10. Get your nails done
  11. Treat yourself to a hair blowout
  12. Listen to music
  13. Take a nap
  14. Sit outside in nature
  15. Go on a walk 
  16. Get a facial
  17. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  18. Go stargazing
  19. Deep condition your hair
  20. Watch funny videos on YouTube
  21. Buy yourself a new piece of jewelry 
  22. Try a new workout class
  23. Go for a hike
  24. Buy new shoes for working out
  25. Buy new headphones
  26. Treat yourself to a new water bottle
  27. Go to a movie
  28. Buy a new book
  29. Listen to a podcast
  30. Sit in a sauna
  31. Buy yourself flowers 
  32. Sleep in
  33. Take a full-body picture to celebrate your progress
  34. Snuggle in bed and watch movies all-day
  35. Give yourself permission and time to take a nap
  36. Try out a meal prep delivery service
  37. Buy a small blender to make your own smoothies and protein shakes at home
  38. Plan a weekend getaway
  39. Go on a short staycation in your own city!
  40. Schedule a photoshoot with a local photographer to show off your progress
  41. Take a local class to learn a fun new skill
  42. Buy a fitness tracker to track your sleep and workouts
  43. Get yourself fitted for a nice pair of workout shoes
  44. Create a new playlist for your workouts
  45. Download and listen to a new podcast
  46. Buy some new sports bras
  47. Sign up to run or walk a 5k with a friend
  48. Splurge on a nice pair of leggings
  49. Take a day off work
  50. Try a new recipe 
  51. Go see your favorite band in concert
  52. Treat yourself to a Thrive Market subscription! Get 25% off your first order and a FREE gift when you join Thrive Market!

Bottom Line

There are plenty of ways that you can reward yourself without food! If you choose to reward yourself with food occasionally, that’s okay too! What are your favorite non-food rewards for weight loss? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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