We’ve all heard of the fad diets and exercise routines that pop up in Hollywood and tend to fizzle out rather quickly, and many have tried dozens of them with little to no result. Celebrities aren’t super-human, so we know that they must be doing something right in order to keep their bodies svelte and camera ready.
Here are a few hollywood-worthy tips to keeping yourself healthy and in shape.
Keep your attitude and expectations in check
Making sure that your expectations match your attitude is important when beginning a new health and fitness journey. If you’re expecting a Kardashian body by summer, but aren’t willing to sacrifice your extra hour of sleep for the gym or your girl scout cookie addiction, then you’ll probably wind up disappointed and discouraged when you see that your dreams aren’t becoming a reality.
Set realistic goals, hold yourself accountable, and track your progress in order to stay motivated during your journey. Fitness goals tend to be some of the most common goals set, yet seem to be some of the hardest to reach. A great way to keep yourself accountable is to keep a food journal. According to news.health.com, those who kept a daily food journal lost twice as much weight over six months (18 pounds versus 9) compared to those who weren’t regular recorders. Finding different proven ways to hold yourself responsible will definitely pay off in the long run.
Whether you need help staying accountable, understanding how to use gym equipment, or finding a fitness plan to help you on your way, it’s important to reach out to resources for help and a better understanding of how to reach your fitness goals. Resources for health and fitness are endless, and range from personal trainers who can provide workout routines and meal plans to cell phone apps that help track calorie intake and exercise routines. Celebrities may have the funds to hire personal chefs and trainers to come to their homes, but a little extra effort on your part will give you the same desired results.
Stick with it
There will most likely come a time in your fitness journey where you will feel discouraged, but don’t allow yourself to be derailed by the tough times. Remind yourself of why you started this journey in the first place and keep going. Switching up your routine may be necessary in order to keep you motivated. According to Gaiam.com humans need change and variety to stay motivated, so try jogging a new route or trying a new workout class to keep you excited for your fitness journey.
Also, keep in mind when you’re comparing yourself to the cover of Cosmopolitan, that you don’t have a professional makeup team or a photoshop artist editing the image you see in the mirror – so give yourself a break and embrace your body while you’re on this journey.