It can be hard to get healthy. It is even more difficult to get our body to look the way we want it too. We are all looking for satisfaction when we view ourselves in the mirror. For some of us our ideal body images are just out of reach, no matter what we try. However, there are a few steps you can take to get the chance of gaining that perfect tummy or physique.
1. Avoid Bad Science
What are we talking about? The first thing that comes to mind is diet pills. Do diet pills work? Scientifically, it has been shown that some do. Although, the ones that reduce your weight should only be used for people who are considered medically obese. Do not use diet pills to shed a few pounds. The majority of people who find success with non-prescription diet pills are experiencing a placebo effect. This means that it works because they expect it to. They will also automatically adjust their lifestyle based on thinking it is working and surprise, surprise they lose weight. This is just one example of bad science. There are many more. Men, you will not gain muscle by just eating protein bars.
2. Record Everything
Simple but important. You need to keep track of what you are eating and record it daily. In this day and age, there is no excuse. There are apps you can get for your phone and sites like Calorie Counter. We would also recommend you invest in a good set of scales that you can buy from sites like 1800scales.com. If you do not know how much you are eating how do you know whether you are having a good day or a bad one?
3. Home-cooked Meals are better than “Healthy” Ready Meals
Anything that you just need to bung in a microwave is bad for you. Ignore the healthy eating labels or other marketing techniques. To have a good diet, you need freshly cooked food. Not good chef? You can ask whoever you live with to help, or you can teach yourself. Buy a cookbook. You could also consider signing up for a healthy eating cookery class if you have the time.
4. Cut out those Bad Habits
Some people will tell you that one bad habit in your life is okay. This could be smoking, drinking or binge eating chocolate after a rubbish day at work. But if you really want to get healthy, cut all these things out of your life. They are only hindering your progression, and you are strong enough to beat them.
5. Do More Than One Thing
Here is the reason “miracle fixes” work for some people and not others. The people who it works for are actually doing more than just taking the pill or the protein shake. They are regularly exercising, eating healthily and avoiding harmful products. If you want a healthier life, you can not expect it to happen by simply washing down a few vitamins with your morning orange juice. Our final piece of advice is to not rely on one healthy living technique.
Make sure you follow all these steps. The next time you glance at yourself in the mirror you might be pleasantly surprised.