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5 Mind Tricks To Achieving a Perfect Beach Body

5 Mind Tricks To Achieving a Perfect Beach Body

Eating healthy is easier said than done because it is not so much the diet, but the psychology of the diet that is likely to trip you up.

Finding the right path to a healthy diet that is suitable for your body takes time and energy, but using mind tricks to train your brain helps you get there faster.

1. Use Smaller Plates

Feeling full is a feeling, and for many, it has little to do with whether your body has physically had enough to eat. It can take a while to learn how much you really need for your body to function at optimal levels.

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Even then, there are days where all you want to do is eat until you’re emotionally comfortable. For those days especially, use a smaller plate to dish up your food. Your portions look larger when they come in a smaller dish; and you can get that feeling of eating a whole bowl of something without consuming all the extra calories.

2. Drink More Water

Water is the elixir of life, and drinking more water is the oldest diet advice in the book. Not only is water calorie-free, but it also helps your body run more efficiently. It is a win-win situation. Like everything, drinking more water is easier said than done. You may sometimes need to overcome some obstacles to make sure you get enough.

Start by always keeping water nearby. Keep your water bottle next to you, and keep any other drinks out of sight. Another tip from a reputable online bikini body guide tip is to keep juices and sodas in the cupboard where they are warm, which means you need to put them in the fridge for a while before you drink them.

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You can also make plain water a little more fun. You do not need to buy a $10 bottle of water to do it; just pick up a water bottle with a design you like. You’re more likely to drink something you find aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, make your own flavored water by adding fruit or herbs to your bottle to infuse natural flavors. Berries are always a good addition, but if you’re looking something more savory, add some fresh mint, cucumber, or ginger.

3. Keep Healthy Foods at Eye Level

As you are on your way out the door, you are likely to grab the first food item you see. Make that snack a healthy one by keeping your healthy snacks at eye level and making them easy to reach.

In cognitive science, this technique is known as nudging. It’s helpful for dieting because you do not need to throw out the food you want to avoid. Instead, you are ensuring that in the future, you to make better decisions for your body by nudging yourself to choose the healthiest option.

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4. Leave Guilt Behind

Using guilt to regulate cravings for foods that are not in line with your beach body goals seems helpful at first. In theory, it should encourage you to only eat healthy food to avoid feeling bad. Unfortunately, that is not quite how it works.

Feeling guilty when you eat foods you have deemed as “bad” can actually be detrimental to your goal of shaping up. When you treat your relationship with food emotionally, you may end up making illogical decisions, like bingeing in response to deviating from your plan, or worse, starting a strict diet that results in yo-yoing. Ditch the guilt when it comes to food. Sure, not all food helps you achieve defined abs, but it all helps your body function, and that is a positive thing.

5. Focus on Feeling Better Every Day – Not Looking Better Later

The key to making a change stick, and to living a satisfied life, is to look for small goals every day and rise to meet them. This is also the key to losing weight, toning up, or changing your body shape in general.

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Depending on your goals, seeing real change in your body takes weeks or even months. So instead of slogging through a diet you do not really like, to achieve changes that may or may not happen and judging your progress based on seemingly hopeless standards, try assessing your progress based on how you feel.

If you feel more energetic, happier, and healthier every day, celebrate those successes. If you are proud of your food choices one day, enjoy it. Just take a minute to celebrate the progress you have made today. It will help you enjoy the process of improving your health and keep you motivated enough to achieve your goals.

Achieving your beach body is actually all in your head. Use these five mind tricks to prepare yourself for success and look great in a bathing suit or in your winter parka.

Featured photo credit: Trang Angels via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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