Not everyone is lucky enough to have their dream body shape. According to Penn Medicine, your body shape is largely determined by genetics thus, your bone structure and body fat in specific areas are pre-determined. This is a sad reality for a lot of people, but aren’t we all flawed in one way or another? Yes, we are all imperfect however no one said we can’t do anything about it. The fact is, you can actually change your body shape by changing your mind!
With so much information on health, nutrition, and exercise choosing the right one and actually sticking to it is a big question mark. So even if a person is unsatisfied with their body shape most of the time they accept what they have because they feel that if it was that easy, then why is it so hard to achieve that ideal weight, let alone change body shape?
The Missing link? Your Brain
Yes, the organ that’s responsible for making 35,000 conscious decisions a day! The brain is our control center. Every part of the body follows the signals and instructions sent out by the brain. It drives your whole being- from your thoughts that affect your feelings which intern dictate your actions. Your Brain is the decision maker from the moment you make those goals down to your food choices, exercise drives, and hormone production.
This alone tells you that it’s not about your diet and exercise plan, your success is more determined by your Mind Plan.
To Change your Shape, First, Change your Mind
“The mind always fails first, not the body”. Mindset refers to the beliefs you have about yourself, which influence your behavior, outlook, and attitude. It is of utmost importance that you make your mind work for you, not against you” because we cannot change our bodies physically without working on ourselves mentally.
Many people are unaware that the thoughts that we put in our minds are more important than our fitness and diet regimen. It’s easy to follow a planned exercise or diet, but achieving results and making it last ultimately depends on how we think and feel about ourselves because this affects the choices we make – our why’s, what, when, how & where.
Thus, it’s difficult to see lasting progress if your brain isn’t on the same page as your body.
“When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of the change, then we will change,” he told Jay Shetty.
Train your Brain to Work with You, Not Against You.
- Mindset is everything. Work on believing in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you change your perceptions, you become positive, and develop self-love.
- Know your Why? Why is this important to you? Why waste your time & energy on this?
- Set realistic goals Quick fixes usually don’t work. The biggest mistake most people make is setting unrealistic or unspecific goals.
- Let go of excuses As the saying goes “When you let go of your excuses, you will find your results”. Making excuses won’t get you any closer to where you want to be.
- Create healthy habits When you build healthy habits you will create a routine. Consistency with this routine is what produces results.
- Eat for your goals Different body shapes, different needs. It’s easier to construct your own meal plan when you know your daily calorie budget.
- Find the right training program Don’t go after the fad workouts or diets. There is no one size fits all. Do what works best for you and your lifestyle.
- Track your progress Tracking your progress is an incredible way to keep motivation high. This lets you know if you’re on the right track and gives you space to make adjustments.
- Don’t compare yourself to others “Don’t measure your progress using someone else’s ruler.” You are a unique individual and the moment you stop concerning yourself with what everyone else is doing you get to start focusing on what you are doing, in this way progress will be faster.
- Set your Timeline When you have a set timeline for your tasks it’s easier to reach those goals. Hold yourself accountable for getting the work done.
Your Unique Shape
We all have a unique body composition. Some are either trying to lose weight, put on weight, tone, or bulk up their muscles. Whatever it is you should start accepting what you have, be proud of those assets and work on the areas where you think needs some changes.
Define your body goals. Make a plan and take it one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself.
- If it’s losing weight, check out which diet plans work for you.
- If your goal is to start exercising there are a variety of exercises that you can choose from.
- If you’re targeting specific muscle groups- know which one you need to do as these exercises will help increase body mass. So it can shape your body.
But before you start don’t forget that your body shape will stay the same and nothing is going to change if you don’t change your thinking.
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