Everything we do is by habit. Everyone has their own way of thinking and behaving and it will either work for or against them - every second of every day.
I've noticed that in order to keep belly fat down to a minimum and to be healthy, there are specific habits that a person must apply.
You will find these exact same habits in the lives of all athletes and people that have achieved optimum health. The following are the six of the healthiest habits that exist:
Having the right mental attitude is the most important because it is the cause to your results. Your mental attitude is the way you interact with your body, people and environment. It is your outlook on life.
Change the way you think about health and fitness and through decisive action, your results will change.
To think with the right mental attitude means to set a goal and go for it! Look for opportunities to eat proper and be physically active and to make time to do so.
Your habits control your outcome and in order to change your outcome - you must change your habits.
Habits first take the form of thought.
After thinking and behaving in a certain way and repeating the exact process over and over again will create a habit. The more a new habit is used, the more the habit will grow stronger and will be harder to break.
You can create a new habit to replace an old habit that is not working for you.
You must know where you are and where you want to go.
Without a worthy goal in mind, you have no direction. In order to get to where you want to go, it’s also essential for you to have a plan and take it step by step, day by day to get there.
There is no such thing as a quick fix that is healthy.
There are no shortcuts.
There are good foods and bad foods and there is no magic bullet or magic pill you can take to lose weight. We have to be able to take 100% control of our own body and be 100% responsible for what we do to it.
Weigh yourself and write out a statement of how much weight you want to lose and to read it daily. Self-control (self-discipline meaning control over the body and the mind) must be implemented to lose weight, gain muscle, or get fit.
Nature will not bend its rules for anyone. If we want something – it is our very own responsibility to go out and get it.
For the most part, many people tend to their suppressed emotions by stuffing their face with comfort food. Sugar makes you biologically feel good and so does fat.
By feel good I mean emotionally. It's become a trend that leads to disease and is a factor that does contribute to obesity and the only way out of it is to add more nutritional food to take its place.
Empty calories will do no good for the body but add on extra weight. Technically there is one thing the body needs – energy.
Energy comes in different forms for the body and realistically there are 3 key nutrients when you narrow everything down; proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
A balance of all three is what the body really needs.
Along the way we have to filter out the bad fats from the good fats, the bad carbohydrates from the good, and eating protein foods that are also nutrient rich.
Exercising is crucial when a person wants to lose weight in bigger quantities and fast. There is no other way around it – physical activity cannot be dismissed.
The purpose of exercise is to keep the body in shape.
Burning more energy than you take in will burn those extra fat cells.
You don't have to exercise for hours on end. You don't have to buy a gym membership. Being physically active habitually is keeping physically active daily.
And it's the many small habits that count - They are the ones that bring big results.
Walking and jogging are the best ways to burn off energy when starting out. If you chose to stretch before your daily exercise you can stretch for short amounts of time prior.
We didn’t stretch before we decide to walk for the first time and there were no repercussions from doing so either. Stretching is probably not necessary before light exercises.
Light exercises mixed with natural strengthening exercises can be done every day. Don’t fool yourself in taking a “day off” only to be absent from your next day’s exercise. Taking a day off one day and then another day starts to develop as a bad habit or reinforce the old way of doing things.
When you are developing new habits – repetition is the key. And after enough times of repeatedly implementing new thoughts and behavior, you will unconsciously continue the process.
We need a balance of both. Sleep rejuvenates the soul and relaxation is an integral part of living. Proper sleep is important. Sleep helps repair the body and keep the immune system up and running.
Avoid sleep debt if you can!
I believe we need at least 7- to 8- hours or more of non-interrupted sleep. Depriving ourselves of sleep will have many negative consequences.
Relaxation also consists of enjoying a hobby or something you love to do. It could also be a set time where you sit in silence for a few moments - you may also want to start a meditation practice as meditation has a huge impact on lowering stress levels.
Eliminating foods and habits that don't benefit you is a necessity to optimize the overall health of your body and to improve your body’s functions.
The elimination of bad foods is necessary for you to lose weight.
In order to lose weight in a relatively short amount of time, you can eliminate sugar, bad saturated fat, dairy products, and empty calories.
You can also reduce the portion sizes of the carbohydrates you eat slightly while replacing the bad carbs with good carbs.
It is also best to eliminate, as much as possible, the stress in your life by making a decision to do so. The mind affects the body to an infinite degree and is in fact what runs the body 24 days, 7 days a week.
You can also achieve this by choosing the people you hang around with as well as the environment you live in. The ability of eliminating stress means to develop self-control. Self-control is taking control over one’s own thoughts and actions. In this case, it is the ability to switch focus from the negative to the positive.
Self Control takes practice!
In simple terms; this habit is about eliminating anything that pulls you down and will get in the way of your success.
Do you experience toxic relationships?
Is there a food or drink you are addicted too?
What habits could you change knowing that they don't benefit you?
In the beginning, it will take time and it will take effort, but in the end - you will win.
Keeping your digestive system clean at all times will help you maintain a healthy body and also help you lose weight. Here are 5 ways to help keep your system clean and in running condition:
1. Implement the habit of Daily Exercise
2. Do your best in Eliminating Stress
3. Eliminate all saturated fats and red meat
4. Add more fiber into your daily meals
5. Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing
Keeping the intestines clean and up to par will make sure that your metabolism runs fine and that your body gets the proper nutrients from the food you eat.
There are more ways to help keep your insides clean but those five I have noticed work the best. Also, drink water daily! In fact, always have nothing but water with your meals. Not only will it help the travel of food through your system but will also keep your urinary tract clean, too!