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Have you noticed lately that everywhere you turn there are advertisements for the newest, latest, best diet available? They all promise that if you do this or do that, you will lose weight fast and look like a supermodel. Let’s be real for a minute and come back down to reality. Any product or service that promises to take twenty or thirty pounds off of you in a month is either illegal or deadly because that’s just not possible to do safely. Losing weight and keeping it off is a total lifestyle change and reformation. You have to make the decision to change and more importantly, you have to want to change. Make no mistake that it’s going to be difficult and you will probably want to give up more than one or twice along the way but if you stick with it you will not only look better but feel better too. It’s normal to cheat on a diet and to fall off the wagon but the thing to keep in mind is to make sure that you get back on as soon as possible and keep putting one foot in front of the other. 

Food

You have to change the way you think about food and the way you view food. Most of us view food as something to comfort us when we feel any type of emotion. This is often referred to as emotional eating and it’s a very dangerous thing. Emotions are a part of our days every day so there is no way to get around feeling emotions. Negative emotions are the worst and can make you overeat severely when they are staring you in the face. Learning how to cope with emotions in a positive way and not with food is the first step to changing your eating habits. Weight loss and weight control is eighty percent what you eat and twenty percent exercise. Therefore, you will be fighting a battle that you won’t win until you get your eating under control. Next you will have to make the right food choices by choosing food that are good for you and that have good nutritional value. Fast food and fried foods are the absolute worst behind bread and pasta. Staying away from these four foods will definitely help you get your body in shape. 

Exercise

When you do the same exercise routine over and over day after day you will find yourself bored with your routine and it will be harder to make yourself do it. Don’t let it get to that point. Change up your exercise regime before you get frustrated or burned out so that you can keep exercising regularly. Try different things such as cycling, boxing, swimming, or running. If you like to do things at home then perhaps you can have a pool installed. Then you won’t have to leave your home to get your exercise for the day. All you would have to do is walk into your backyard and jump in. It will also serve as a great entertainment attraction for your guests that come to your home. Not to mention that it will increase the value of your home significantly. 

Rest

It’s important for you to give your body the proper rest it needs at night and in between workouts. You should be allowing yourself to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep at night every night. I know that it’s hard to accomplish this with busy schedules but without the proper rest at night your body doesn’t have a chance to repair itself. You also need to give your body rest in between workouts. Exercising or working out five days a week is ideal for any body type.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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