Many times getting a better body is seen as a goal that’s on the other side of a lot of hard work, physical exertion, and intense hunger pangs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you begin with the end in mind and take strategic steps that serve a distinct purpose, there’s no reason to think that you can’t get to a new physical state in a fraction of the time you might think it would take. As long as you stop hindering the body with the wrong food and a sedentary lifestyle, it can’t be as awesome as it wants to be. This path is one of least resistance, so your body can do what it does best: Be!
Week 1: Detoxification and Preparation
The initial week is all about putting a wedge between your old ways and habits and clearing the slate for a new lifestyle to take root. Out with the old and in with the new. Most diet plans fail because followers just start one day, they don’t plan ahead and prepare their bodies for the changes about to take place. You need to clear a foundation before you can start the building, and trying to make broad sweeping lifestyle changes starting with a weak foundation in place is a recipe for failure.
Suggested Steps (you can change or rearrange these as you see fit):
Day One – Cleaning out your cupboards is the step for this day. Get rid of anything that is pre-packaged and any sort of temptation to stay with your old ways. You’re getting ready to cleanse and detoxify the body and you don’t want to take one step forward and two steps back.
Day Two – A colon cleanse is the order of the day, as this is often one of the more backed up parts of the body, and a lot of good can be had from a quality cleanse. Look for a cleanse that doesn’t use psyllium husk or anything else that is a stimulant as this can lead to your colon depending on these just to function properly.
Day Three – TV Detox. Cut out television watching while on this program. The constant advertisements for fast food, junk food, and chain restaurants will have you trapped in the endless cycle of food consumerism. You’ll be amazed how little you feel like eating junk when you don’t have a constant reminder of it.
Day Four – Establish a workout area in your home. Clear out a corner or clean up the garage. There are plenty of at-home workouts these days that are actually really good. Choose one you like and set yourself up so that you don’t have an excuse not to exercise. More on exercise in Week Three.
Days Five and Six – Do a two-day juice fast. There are several high quality juice detox programs you can follow, whereby they’ll send you enough juice for a two day fast, as well as how to complete the process. This will help your digestive system clear itself out, and also floods your body with nutrients and minerals so you can start eating healthy food afterward.
Day Seven – Do a friend and family check and identify anyone that is a toxic influence on you. Make an effort to steer clear of them or limit your interactions with them while you’re attempting to makeover your body. Negativity has a pulling force, and you don’t want anything but positive support fueling you on during this process.
By the end of this week you’ll have made major progress at making true changes in your life. You’ll have taken away temptations, cleared your body for what’s to come, and
Week 2: Adjusting to Eating Right
Your body has gone through a lot of adjusting in the last week, now is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. During the detox you were asked to get rid of all of the food that doesn’t move you forward. Now you can fill your kitchen with foods that will support a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of diet programs out there that have detailed information on what to eat, including lists of foods you can eat, which makes it much easier to hit the supermarket and get the things you need to succeed.
Day One – Time to go shopping! Last week was all about colon cleansing and juice fasts, so not your typical grocery shopping list. This week is all about filling your cupboards and refrigerator with foods that will propel you forward rather than drag you down.
Day Two – Try a fruit you’ve never tried. You might have to go the exotic route on this one but there are plenty of different fruits for you to try, and they change with the seasons so you can always go back to this step until you feel like you have a wide selection of fruits to choose from.
Day Three – Try a vegetable you’ve never tried. There are so many vegetables in the produce section that we’re sure there are a dozen you haven’t tried yet. The Internet makes it easy to find a recipe for every veggie under the sun, so don’t be afraid to buy it because you can watch YouTube videos for how to prepare it, and how to cook it.
Day Four – Give sugar the boot. Sugar is not your friend and is not doing you any favors. Once the momentary sweet sensation passes from the lips it’s doing nothing but mucking up your body, raising your blood sugar levels, and becoming fat if you don’t burn it off in time. By removing this unnecessary item from your life you’ll notice plenty of healthy benefits once your cravings go away.
Day Five – Ease off the grains. There is much evidence that grains are not very beneficial to the human body, and there are several diet programs that advocate getting rid of them altogether. Whether it’s the gluten they contain or the carbohydrates, one thing is clear: cutting them out often results in effortless weight loss and increased feelings of wellbeing.
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