Remember how shocked you were when you saw that one guy you used to know in high school – the guy that was pretty overweight and very unhealthy – and now he looks like a twenty-five-year-old Brad Pitt and seems to be virtually bustling with energy? These kinds of people are rare, but they do exist – people who succeed in completely transforming their bodies and vastly improving their health.
Today, I want to show you how you can be one of them by talking about the five traits that all of these people exhibit, so without further ado, let’s get to it!
1. Lifestyle Change
If you want to change your body, you’re going to have to change the way you live – in every possible respect. It’s easy to talk about health and nutrition in terms of carbs, proteins and fats, but that is an enormous simplification that almost never gets you good results on its own. There’s no point in counting every calorie and having perfectly balanced meals if you’re going to be out partying all night and drinking shots.
If you want to look good, feel good and project that onto others, you’re going to have to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You won’t see the people that have managed to utterly transform their bodies smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, or getting drunk every weekend. There’s no room for compromise in health, and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll start to see real results; not just those up on the surface, but throughout your entire being.
2. Awareness about Your Diet
Another trait that people who are truly in shape tend to exhibit is a kind of sixth sense when it comes to their diet. They’ve been eating healthy for so long, they no longer crave the junk that someone who doesn’t take care of their bodies may crave. Even if they’ve once been dangerously addicted to sugar and junk food, after not giving your body its fix for a while the cravings will naturally fade, and in less time than you might expect.
But that’s not to say that they don’t have any sort of cravings, they do; but they crave healthy food because both they and their bodies know that it’s good for them and that it will improve their health in the long run. I’ve literally seen a guy gobble up a bowl of broccoli and cottage cheese as if it was a huge hamburger, claiming that it was actually something he had been craving for days.
3. A Strong Will
Let’s be honest for a moment, a huge fitness transformation is no easy feat – if it were, everyone would be in shape and I probably wouldn’t be writing this post. There are going to be certain days when the last thing you’ll want to do is to go to the gym and work out for an hour or two, but if you want to see real results, you’re going to have to have that kind of consistency. It’s not something that everyone can pull off, but the more you force yourself to do it, the better you’re going to get.
Getting into shape is a painful process at first, and there are going to be times when you aren’t going to progress as quickly or as comfortably as you might desire. In these situations, it’s very important to maintain a positive mindset and remind yourself that every additional set and rep is a small success that drives you ever so closer to your ultimate goal. If you teach yourself to think in this way, you’ll feel a keen sense of accomplishment after every workout, and this is what is going to drive you further each time.
5. Being Patient
Getting your body into shape isn’t something that can be done overnight, over a few weeks or even a few months. It takes years, and quite frankly it’s a process that shouldn’t stop after a certain amount of time, after which you can go back to eating junk food. It’s something that should last your whole life. So why the rush? Take it slow, be patient and realize that you’ll eventually get to your goal, after which you’ll set another one that you can then pursue.
Guest post written by Vanessa Davis – a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic-based recipes for herself and her kids.