Not happy with what you see in the mirror?
It’s not rare to think this way. Especially if you belong in a family of men and women who look like supermodels, you might feel self-conscious about your body image.
The good news is you can do something about it.
Here are some ways that could help you get the body you want.
1. Work out
About 30 minutes of exercise is recommended. If you’ve been living a sedentary lifestyle your whole life, it’s definitely time to make a change.
Say no to a life of being a couch potato. Sleeping in all day and binge-watching original series on Netflix may be easy. But it isn’t the way to go.
So turn your back on the “lazy life”. And instead, move around often.
By transforming into a more active person, you can achieve the body you want. You will also do your health a favor.
2. Eat right
Do you want a lean body? Do you want to shed off those excess pounds? Do you want to have toned calves to show off?
Then, eat right! Assess your meals and see if the foods and drinks you take in are good for you.
Most likely, if you weigh more than the recommended weight for your figure, sugar might be the troublemaker. It means you’re consuming foods and drinks that are high in sugar.
Do you drink lots of soda? Do you eat donuts every day? How about chocolates?
If so, you need to correct your ways and ditch the sugary foods and drinks. And from there, go with the right alternatives such as fruits and vegetables.
3. Get enough rest
Sure, it’s advisable to move around and live an active lifestyle. But in no way does this mean that you’re not supposed to chill from time to time.
If you don’t rest, you’re opening the door for stress to enter. And you don’t want that because stress will make you fat. There are studies that can prove that!
Choosing to overwork yourself interrupts your body’s regular functions. Among many things, it slows down your metabolism and messes with your digestive system. When it’s supposed to make your immune system fight off the negative effects of stress, it somehow loses strength.
The result, of course, is the kind of body you don’t want.
So get enough rest. At least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is best to allow your body to recharge.
The bottom line
Remember, though, that your happiness shouldn’t depend on your body image. It usually doesn’t matter if you think you look a bit overweight or too thin. What should matter is the kind of person you are within!