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How to Tie a Tie Like an Expert

How to Tie a Tie Like an Expert

If you’re a man, tying a tie is going to come up. Aside from weddings and funerals, you’ll look good if you wear one at work regardless of the dress code. Prepare yourself for life with 12 ways to tie a tie like an expert.

1. Four in Hand

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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    Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

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      Cross the wide end back underneath the narrow end.

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        Cross back over the front of the narrow end again.

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          Bring the wide end up behind the back of the loop.

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            Pull the wide end down through the front knot.

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              Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                Don’t forget to smile… ;)

                2. Windsor

                Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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                  Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

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                    Cross the wide end up and through the back of the loop and pull to the right.

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                      Bring the wide end back up behind the knot and to the left.

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                        Bring the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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                          Pull the wide end to the right.

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                            Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

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                              Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                Pull the wide end down and pass through the loop to form the knot.

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                                  Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

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                                    “Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind” – Chris Cornell

                                    3. Nicky

                                    Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                      Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                        Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

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                                          Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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                                            Cross the wide end over the front of the knot.

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                                              Bring the wide end up behind the back of the narrow end

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                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                  “You’re the best around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down” – Joe Esposito

                                                  4. Half-Windsor

                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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                                                    Cross the wide part of the tie over front of the narrow end.

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                                                      Bring the wide end back underneath the narrow end to the left.

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                                                        Lift the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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                                                          Pull the wide end to the right.

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                                                            Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                              Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                  Any man with a microphone can tell you what he loves the most…” – Jack White

                                                                  5. Grantchester

                                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 16 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                    Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                      Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

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                                                                         Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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                                                                          Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                            Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                              Pull the wide end down and pass the loop in front and to the right.

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                                                                                Cross the wide end under the knot to the opposite side.

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                                                                                  Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                    Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                      Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                        Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero. Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain…” – S. Carter

                                                                                        6. Balthus

                                                                                        Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                          Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                             Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

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                                                                                              Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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                                                                                                Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                  Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the left.

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                                                                                                    Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                      Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                        Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                          Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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                                                                                                            Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                              “There’s room at the top I’m telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill…” – John Lennon

                                                                                                              7. Kelvin

                                                                                                              Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out). Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                    Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                      Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                                                        Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                          I’m a slave to myself and disobey my boss…” – Lupe Fiasco  

                                                                                                                          8. St Andrew

                                                                                                                          Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                            Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                   Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                     Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                            “Victory consistently – train all year to be the enemies misery. No stress visibly neither does it enter me. I think positively. You cant harm me mentally…” – Dwayne Carter Jr.

                                                                                                                                            9. Victoria

                                                                                                                                            Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end behind the loop to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                    Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                            “You want to succeed you have to try or one day you’ll get older, and regret it all cause you can’t provide…” – Marcus Hopsin

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            10. Hanover

                                                                                                                                                            Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                                                              Cross the narrow end of the tie over the front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                                                                Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                           Pull the wide end down behind the back of the knot to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                             Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  “Bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yay. Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah” – George Clinton

                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Shelby (Pratt)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Bring the wide end up over top of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                         Pull the wide end down and to the left.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s hard being young from the slums, eatin five cent gums, not knowin where your meals comin from” – Christopher Wallace

                                                                                                                                                                                                12. Cavendish

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cross the wide end underneath the narrow end to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cross the wide end over the front of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cross the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego. Everyone’s greatest obstacle, I beat ’em,,,” – Ben Haggerty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    General Tips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you’re finished, the wide end of your tie should barely touch your belt buckle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Untie your tie every night before storage to prevent wrinkles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You should own at least 5 ties: 1 Solid Black, 1 Solid Red, 3 Misc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can purchase ties for $1-$5 at any thrift shop, clothing exchange, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Always wear a tie to an interview, and if nobody else is wearing a tie at work, be the only guy doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only wear a tie on a date if it’s required where you’re going.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Exercise Daily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eat more veggies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Start Slow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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