Summer is on its way, and so are the sun-kissed days of frolicking at the beach with friends and family, barbeques, and spontaneous road trips. But maybe you’re not feeling as confident as you could be feeling this time of year. Maybe stress has you feeling fatigued, or maybe you can’t get away from work and into the gym the way you want to. Sometimes these lifestyle challenges, combined with a less-than-nutritious diet, contribute to not looking or feeling how we want to, which leads to a lack of confidence. It happens to the best of us, and the good news is that you can make healthy changes at any time to recharge your weight-loss journey.
Achieving weight loss goals begins with what you put in your body. We are surrounded by temptation to overindulge, whether it’s a quick gas station snack favorite or the fresh daily donuts in the office. But the science is simple: we need to eat nutritious foods that nourish our bodies with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. That doesn’t mean you have to quit your favorite foods cold turkey, but saving them for a treat is a wise idea as you begin to incorporate fresh leafy greens, fresh fruits, and lean proteins like chicken and fish into your diet. Avoiding alcohol, sugar, and fried foods also helps.But what if I don’t like fruits and vegetables? Start with one of each that you DO like. Your taste buds will begin to change, and you might even find the confidence to experiment with healthier foods.
Another way to add more healthy nutrients to your diet is with whole foods supplements. Starting with a whole foods powder, like Optimal Health Systems Complete Nutrition Plus, makes it easy to sneak in servings of fruits and vegetables when blended into a smoothie, plus it packs in other essential nutrients, like protein, amino acids, and phytonutrients. If cravings for unhealthy foods persist, a whole foods supplement designed to support blood sugar levels, like Optimal Fat-Sugar-Trim, may help kickstart your new commitment to improving your body composition.
But what about stress? Stress taxes the adrenal glands and body’s ability to respond to stress can become compromised. Nobody can truly eliminate all stress from their lives, but an assistive supplement like Opti Adrenal delivers essential, water-soluble B-vitamins to the body in whole food form, in addition to chlorella, a nutritious seaweed, and Rhodiola rosea for further stress management assistance. And if you are taking supplements, don’t forget to wash them down with a big glass of water to up your hydration!
Of course, exercise plays a large role in maintaining your body weight and achieving weight loss goals. You don’t have to spend four hours at the gym every day, but it is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you don’t like lifting weights, running, or doing yoga, find something that you do love. It might be walking your dog around the neighborhood or dancing. You might find that you just love going to CrossFit. The possibilities for exercise are endless, and the best part is, you can start without any equipment. Just head over to YouTube and find a workout that you like! And if you’re down on energy, Optimal Natural Vitality is a natural way to sustain energy with nutrients and plant enzymes.