The word “body” is more than just losing a few pounds and fitting into your favorite jeans again.
The body is a temple as well as a vessel for growing and developing to our greatest potential.
That development can take place in many ways, including eating patterns, use of time, choice of lifestyle, etc.
Do you want to know how to manifest your dream body?
It’s surprisingly simple. All it takes is some dedication and a little effort!
Here are 16 easy tips that you can use today to take your life in the direction you want it to go.
1) Stop eating for comfort.
Sugar, fat, and all forms of empty calories are not the solution to your problems.
They are, in fact, the cause!
You do not need a “fix” to feel better; you need to take control and change the way you think.
If you tend to turn to food as a source of comfort, understand that this issue must be resolved in your mind.
By filling yourself with foods that have no nutritional value other than calories, you only add weight and subtract energy.
You can indeed buy a lot of junk food for a few dollars, but there is no satisfaction to be gained from it.
You will find that you are much more satisfied with a meal that has been prepared with love and integrity.
If you are looking for “comfort food” when you feel down, re-evaluate the life you live and make changes accordingly.
Manifest the correct food choices and you’ll find that you can indulge in your favorite foods without adding extra pounds.
2) Start going to bed at a decent hour.
A lack of sleep is not only a preventable cause of many health problems, but it also prevents you from getting the most out of your dreams.
Think about it: When you are tired, you have trouble concentrating on what is happening in your dreams.
So going to bed at a decent hour allows you to get the rest you need and makes it easier for you to drift off when your dreams do begin.
If your focus is on eating greasy food or pulling an all-nighter because it’s Friday night, then this will never change!
Make sleep a priority and make it enjoyable!
No one is telling you to go to bed at 9 every night.
On the other hand, don’t go to bed at 2 am every night, either!
You should be able to start falling asleep by 11 pm each night and be asleep by midnight.
This will help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep throughout the night, and give your body enough time for those dreams to develop!
3) Develop a regular exercise routine and stick with it!
Exercise is another key factor in getting leaner quicker.
It doesn’t have to be a gym membership or grueling workouts.
Just some simple walking every day is enough to make a difference!
Start by taking five minutes out of your morning routine and walking around the block.
Whether you are living in an urban city or on a farm, there is a place you can go for five minutes of fresh air and exercise each day!
If you wake up extra early, try doing it before everyone else in your house wakes up.
Or try doing it after everyone has gone to bed and the streets are empty.
What’s important is that you get at least 30 minutes of movement each day.
This will not only help you lose weight but also help you become more toned and stronger!
4) Commit to eating healthy foods.
This is where most people mess up, myself included.
If you want a perfect body, you need to commit to eating natural, organic whole foods.
That means no processed foods and no fast food!
You may be wondering what this looks like on a day-to-day basis.
What should you have for breakfast? What exactly counts as “real food”? These are only a few of the questions that may arise as you begin your quest for a healthier diet.
This is where your support group can help!
Find someone who wants to make healthy food choices as much as you do and discuss the type of foods you want to be eating.
You will eventually learn how to make the right choices without having to second guess yourself.
5) Take a look at your lifestyle.
A common reason people never reach their health and fitness goals is that they have not taken a serious look at the way they live their lives.
Finding time to exercise, eat healthily, etc. can be difficult when you are constantly busy with work or stress.
But when you take a minute to evaluate the way you live your life every day, you will find that there are ways to improve everything!
Use that five minutes of exercise to plan out your week and see if there is room for improvement there.
Alternatively, choose one particular area of your life and make it better by asking yourself if you are truly satisfied with your choice of clothing, car, home, etc.
Ask yourself what is making you happy and makes you feel energized or healthy.
Once you find the answer to that question, look into ways to improve!
This will give you time to look for a gym membership or enlist the help of a trainer to help you through it!
6) Know when your body needs rest and when it needs action.
This can be tough for beginner exercisers as fatigue is an inevitable side effect of working out.
But if you can find ways to push through your fatigue, you will reap the rewards.
Once you have established a good exercise routine, you will start to see the benefits.
You’ll have more energy and will be able to exercise for longer periods before your body needs rest.
The key is knowing when your body is ready for another round of exercise and when it needs a break!
This is why working out with a trainer is so effective as they can look at things from an objective standpoint and know when something isn’t working as well as it should be.
7) Don’t get too hung up on the scale!
For some, the number on the scale can be a deciding factor in whether they let themselves go to town on some bad food or eat a healthy lunch.
It’s normal to want to weigh less, but at the end of the day, the number on that scale is just a number.
If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, your body will begin to change.
The number on the scale will follow suit.
Get away from the scale and instead, look for other signs that you are doing well.
For example: Have you noticed a change in your body fat percentage? If so, then keep up the good work!
As time goes on, you will notice your clothes getting looser and looser!
Take it from someone who has been there: It’s nothing to get frustrated over or feel bad about!
8) Remind yourself how far you’ve come when you feel discouraged!
There will be times when you feel like giving up.
You will have those days where nothing goes right and you feel like giving up.
Instead, look at yourself from five months ago or even one year ago.
Remember how terrible you felt and then remember how amazing you feel now!
You wouldn’t have lost weight in the first place unless it was important to you.
So remember, none of this is easy.
You have to work for it at some point and stay focused on your goals.
Remembering how far you’ve come in the past will help get you through the tough times!
9) Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
There are entire communities out there that are dedicated to helping people lose weight and get healthy.
You may be surprised at how supportive people can be in the right environment!
If you have a group of friends or family that is interested in losing weight with you, chime into those Facebook groups!
Or look for a local class or even start your own!
Most importantly, never feel like you have to go it alone.
It’s easy to get discouraged when you plateau or feel like you have plateaued!
You need to remember that staying motivated is part of the process.
If you find yourself stuck in a rut, look for someone who is further along than you to help motivate you!
10) Remember what “life” was like before your weight loss journey.
It’s normal to forget how bad you felt and what it was like to be overweight sometimes! Remember, you’re not supposed to be living your life to lose weight.
You need to focus on the positive and how far you’ve come!
Don’t make everything about weight loss. Enjoy hanging out with friends and family and just doing the things that you want to do. Not everyone has the same goals that you do.
So go with what makes you happy!
You’ll be happier in the long run.
11) Remember that losing weight doesn’t mean you’ve lost your health.
It’s easy to let yourself go after you’ve lost weight.
You’ve worked so hard for it; you’re excited, and you want to celebrate.
Instead of letting yourself go, find a way to celebrate your success healthily!
Go for a hike or take advantage of the beautiful weather and grab a bike ride with friends or even do some yoga in the park!
There are tons of ways to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer without going overboard on food!
If you are interested in losing weight, start by taking into account what your goals should be.
If you find yourself obsessing over a number on the scale, it’s time to reevaluate your goals!
Losing weight is solely a means to an end: To be healthier!
Remember, losing weight is not the same as being healthy and fit.
You need to remember that if you don’t take care of yourself now, no amount of weight loss will keep you healthy for the rest of your life!
12) Eliminate distractions and distractions in your life (TV, internet, cell phone).
When we allow ourselves to get caught up in whatever light is shining on us at the moment, our ability to focus on what we want diminishes quickly.
This is called the “attention gap”.
From the second you wake up, you are bombarded with stimuli—from your phone to the television to your computer.
Try going a full day without any of these distractions and see what happens.
Finding things to occupy yourself is important but it should be something that’s still a priority.
If you love to run and are always on the road, then listen to music or podcasts about your favorite hobbies.
If you love to read, listen to books on tape.
If you love to cook, listen to podcasts about cooking or watch cooking shows.
What’s most important is that you stay positive and set your goals for success.
13) Be patient with yourself!
Disappointment leads to discouragement and discouragement can lead to failure and quitting instead of trying again!
Don’t let yourself be controlled by your desires for instant gratification.
If you want to be thin and healthy, you must take the time to lose weight sustainably.
If you are experiencing a plateau in your weight loss or find yourself struggling with motivation, take the time to reevaluate the process.
You can always make minor adjustments or changes in your routine, but never let them interfere with your original goal!
Stick with it and remember that anything worth having requires effort and sacrifice!
If it were easy, everyone would have lost weight!
14) Stop comparing yourself to others and start focusing on your health!
We’ve all done it.
You hear someone talking about how much weight they have lost, and you feel like you’re not doing enough or losing weight quickly enough.
Instead of going through the motions and hating yourself, why not focus on your journey?
Why compare yourself to others?
Will seeing someone else lose weight make you want to lose weight quicker?
They’re not using their full potential and you can do the same!
Some people may have lost more than others, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel bad about it.
You have your own set of habits and behaviors that are affecting your weight loss. Only you can decide what those are!
If comparing yourself to others makes you feel bad about losing weight, then take a step back.
15) Set realistic goals for yourself.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re overweight and unhealthy, so you set a goal to lose ten pounds.
You think that this means you can lose one pound every day.
This doesn’t work!
Don’t rush yourself. Take it slow and enjoy the process!
You shouldn’t be selfish when it comes to your weight loss journey.
Just because it takes time for you to lose weight doesn’t mean that other people won’t be able to do it as fast as possible.
If losing ten pounds seems daunting, then break down smaller goals and milestones to take a step towards them.
Setting smaller, realistic goals will allow you to keep track of your progress.
The best way to stay motivated is to remember where you started from and all of the effort that it took to get there!
No one is perfect, and that’s okay! Everyone has their problems, so don’t let a few pounds become your biggest problem!
Some people have worse things happen in their lives, but you don’t know what they’re going through because they can’t communicate what they’re going through and the only thing you see is them being overweight.
16) Don’t let yourself become too comfortable when losing weight.
It’s important to continue moving and to keep your body healthy and active.
But don’t let your weight loss become too comfortable.
You need to make sure that you’re still eating healthy, that you’re still taking care of yourself and that you’re still staying active.
You need to make sure that you’re not just sitting on your butt all day long with a weight loss obsession and being lazy!
It’s easy not to push yourself hard enough when losing weight, which is why you need to use the tips in this article when trying to lose weight.
And that’s it! These 16 tips will help you lose weight and keep it off.
Remember that you need to find a balance between healthy eating habits and exercise to achieve a happier and healthier life!
When trying to lose weight, you need to set yourself up for success.
Most people try losing weight with only their determination and struggle with making small changes that can build into bigger ones.
If you want to lose weight, remember these 16 tips.
I hope that this article has helped you find new and creative ways to lose weight!
If I’ve learned anything from losing weight, it’s this: lifestyle change isn’t easy but the benefits are life-changing.
All it takes is a little more discipline, commitment, and helping others. That should not be so hard.
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