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Change Your Life Forever With 10 Actionable Steps

Change Your Life Forever With 10 Actionable Steps

Life is the ultimate journey of unforeseen twists and turns, ups and downs. Focusing too greatly on its negative aspects only prolongs a sense of dissatisfaction and misfortune.

Excitingly, nothing in life stays the same forever. In fact, it has the potential to radically change for the better, by just stepping outside and interacting with the world.

But rather than simply waiting for your fortune to unfold, why not take fate into your own hands? While we cannot control everything, our thoughts and actions will dramatically influence our destiny.

Ready to try this for yourself? Follow these 10 empowering steps and you could just change your life forever!

1. Change Your Self-belief – Change Your Reality

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    Our minds help us perceive the world around us and as a result, our reality. Over time, we develop strong self-beliefs, some which support us and others that hold us back. Ultimately, they can reflect heavily upon our perception of reality, clouding and restricting us.

    Re-wiring limiting/negative beliefs to work in your favour can provide you with a sense of freedom, limitlessness. Identify the greatest self-beliefs that hold you back. Disregard them and adopt new ones that support, empower, motivate you.

    2. Climb One Step At a Time – Attainable Short-term Goals

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      There’s an unbeatable sense of triumph and fulfilment that comes from achieving personal goals. Witnessing progress and feeling transformations naturally fuels us with the motivation we need to continue.

      Take advantage of this powerful mind-hack by setting an ascending series of small short-term goals. Set achievable milestones that progressively stack up to reach your ultimate goals.

      Feel the rush achievement by knowing each goal brings you one step closer to the top!

      3. Dream Big – Gravitate Towards It

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        You need to develop a vision, dream or fantasy of your perfect future. Ask yourself what you truly want out of life, don’t worry if this takes a long time to discover, or changes throughout your life.

        Once you have a dream, make it as vivid as possible, from day-to-day activities down to how you would feel. Most importantly you must start to believe that it will come true.

        When this belief becomes strong enough, it will begin to influence your everyday actions without you even knowing. Once the law of attraction is on your side, you will gravitate towards achieving it!

        4. Take Risks – Overcome Your Fears

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          Fear has always been present in all of us. In the beginning, fear of the unknown served us well as a basic survival instinct. But these days, the fear of failure only holds us back from our true potential.

          Don’t allow fear to trap you in your comfort zone, seek out new discoveries and the wisdom only comes from these experiences. Trust your intuition and take a risk, if you win you will be happy; if you lose you will be wise!

          5. Banish Regrets – Experience a Brighter Future

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            Regret is absolutely useless. It’s negative perception of the past that prevents you from moving on into the future. As we learn through experience it’s natural to make mistakes, lessons learnt the hard way being the strongest!

            Transform your regrets into life lessons, use them as rich soil from which you can grow. Release yourself from the prison grudges, regrets, and bad feelings, you will reach a brighter future!

            6. Align Yourself With Those on Similar Paths – Succeed Together

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              Take notice and avoid anyone who discourages, dissuades or holds you back from your aspirations. Secretly, many of these people do not want you to succeed out of jealousy.

              Seek out and align yourself people who hold the same values you do. You’ll be amazed how they will make an effort to help, empower and motivate you to reach success together.

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              Look out for clubs, groups or even online forums where you can share accountability and help each other, it will significantly strengthen your resolve!

              7. Change What You Can – Accept What Cannot Be Changed

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                There few things in life that simply cannot be changed, an event such as losing your job can be painful. But since this cannot be changed, why dwell? Accept it, learn from it, allow it to make you a better person!

                In other cases, we get stuck even though change is still within reach. For example, if you are happy with your bodyweight, it’s totally within your control. Spring into action by learning how to change it, working on it and sweating it out!

                If it’s out of your control, accept and own it. If it’s within your control, get up and change it!

                8. Practice a Discipline – Express Yourself

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                  Spending time on yourself or your interest is both rewarding and revitalizing for the soul. It’s not just about having fun, many interests and hobbies also offer great benefits for the mind and body.

                  Follow your calling, challenge yourself physically or mentally. These activities are therapeutic and bound to bring interesting opportunities into your life!

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                  9. Experiment & Try New Things

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                    There’s a certain level of comfort from perfecting our daily cycles and routines. While it’s essential to keep us on track and productive, we should not become robotic!

                    Our creativity is fuelled by breaking out of these cycle, exploring outside of the box and indulging curiosity. Be willing to experiment and try out new things, life will reveal many fantastic discoveries!

                    10. Broaden Your Social Horizons

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                      No matter how introverted you feel you are, you can benefit greatly from social interactions. The mere act of talking to  another can instantly bring us out of our heads and ground us in the present moment.

                      Mixing with different social circles and meeting new people will broaden your mind and expand your current thinking. Speaking with people with different perspectives and backgrounds will teach you more about life than you ever imagined!

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                      Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                      I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                      This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                      What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                      As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                      While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                      The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                      Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                      Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                      The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                      It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                      My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                      You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                      Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                      1. Drink Plenty of Water

                      Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                      2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                      The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                      3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                      One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                      4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                      The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                      To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                      5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                      While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                      Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                      You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                      How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                      Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                      This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                      Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                      Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                      The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                      Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                      Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                      One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                      This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                      Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                      Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                      Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                      How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                      The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                      While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                      Can I Work out While Fasting?

                      Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                      The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                      Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                      Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                      First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                      Is Fasting Safe?

                      As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                      I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                      Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                      As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                      I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                      For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                      Conclusion

                      Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                      If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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