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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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