We all have the perfect idea of what our body should look like in our head, but the harsh reality is always staring back at us in the mirror. There are a few ways we can “fix” our reflection so it better matches the image in our heads; suck our bellies in, wear loose clothing that hides the imperfections, and make endless promises that we’ll start a new diet on Monday. Unfortunately, these are all temporary fixes. If you want to look in the mirror and make the image in your head a reality, here are the first steps to making it happen.
Adjust your expectations slightly
No matter how much you wish for it, you are never going to have a Kim Kardashian body – at least, not without damaging your health and your wallet. The best thing you can do to build your body confidence now is to love and accept what you see in the mirror. A positive attitude can do wonders for your morale on the treadmill; after all, there’s less pressure to boost your confidence by looking good, if you already know that you look amazing.
If fat is the biggest obstacle to achieving your true body image, then you know what you need to do to burn it all off. However, there’s no need to max out your energy at the gym; there are plenty of exercises that you can do for ten or twenty minutes each day that will still be as effective as thirty minutes on a treadmill. A ten minute workout on a trampoline firms the legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips, increases agility, and improves sense of balance. A thirty minute dance session burns as much calories as running, but it doesn’t feel like hard work because you’re having fun doing it. You should also make sure you do plenty of weightlifting and resistance training to sculpt muscle definition.
Some people might think going under the knife is a drastic solution, but there are people who feel held back by a single body feature, and sometimes diet and exercise aren’t always enough to eliminate them. While it’s true you can hide loose skin after major weight loss with loose clothes, some people can still feel self conscious about having – in their minds – an embarrassing feature. If their confidence skyrockets after having cosmetic procedures to tuck away the loose skin, or give new life to deflated body parts, then it’s obvious that having the surgery done was the right decision for them. Everyone has their own way of boosting their self esteem.
Drink more water
When you’re not exercising regularly, drinking water can improve your brain function, clear your skin, and help your body flush out toxins. Water is even more important for weight loss because it helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.