Do you want to get into the best shape of your life? Increase your sex drive? Like the way your body looks? Stop dieting? Look no further.

What’s the secret? Quite simple. It’s what you’ve always known; eat right and exercise. Is it really that simple? Yes. The biggest problem is that we have never really known exactly what a healthy diet is and how much exercise is necessary.

What’s the truth about nutrition? There’s so much misinformation that it’s difficult to know. The single best guide to nutrition is Harvard University’s Healthy Eating Plate. It was built from the USDA’s MyPlate model but removed all the “special interests” from it. Be wary of nutrition and exercise advice given by men’s and women’s health magazines – much of it has little basis in fact.

The Healthy Eating Plate guidelines are also the same nutritional guidelines recommended for diabetes and heart health. Go figure.

There are numerous diet plans available that work but most are difficult to sustain and some, like low carb diets, are simply off the mark nutritionally.

Any diet that is calorie restrictive will help with weight loss – a 1,500 calorie per day diet consisting of nothing but chocolate chip cookies will help you lose weight. However, you’ll feel hungry all the time and it’s nutritionally empty.

Choosing to eat foods that are tasty, wholesome, and nutritious and following a few simple rules are all it takes to lose excess weight and keep it off for good. Most of us want to eat right and look our best but simply don’t know what and how much to eat. Problem solved.

Losing weight and keeping it off for good requires a fundamental lifestyle change. Being lean and sexy for life is not just what you eat but your thoughts, beliefs, and habits surrounding food. 4 basic principles need to be addressed:

    • Food Habits – When & why you eat
    • Food Choices – What & how much you eat
    • Values – Your mental approach
    • Exercise – Burning calories, keeping the metabolism in high gear, and toning your body

It will take time and effort. Healthy weight loss is 2 to 3 pounds per week and requires a combination of a good eating habits and exercise.

If you are overweight, you’ll need to commit 1 hour per day for exercise. When you’ve achieved your weight loss goals, you can reduce the exercise by half and stay at the same weight.

If you’re already active and in pretty good shape but can’t seem to get those ripped abs you desire – you can get there in a few short months with a lot less effort than what you’re doing now. The key to ripped, sexy abs is body fat percentage – not how much you work them. A 15 minute workout twice a week is all you need for muscle development. And you can do them at home – no equipment necessary. The rest is body fat which acts like a blanket, covering the abs. Getting ripped abs is critical to feeling sexy & desirable. Your sex drive will increase & you’ll feel & look sexy.

What does it cost? It costs nothing to achieve dramatic results. No prepackaged foods. No calorie counting. No home exercise equipment. No expensive sets of DVDs. No weird or special foods. No dietary supplements, injections, pills, or costly surgical procedures. The only expense is joining a gym, and even that is not necessary to achieve substantial weight loss and get ripped abs.

There are no exercise plans than can focus on belly fat. Fat is spread uniformly throughout the body. When fat is lost, it’s lost from all areas of the body. It is impossible to target just belly fat or jiggly arm fat.

Diets will never work over the long haul because they are temporary in nature. Sacrifices are made for a short period of time in order to fit back into that bikini, look better at the beach, or squeeze back into your favorite pair of jeans. As soon as the goal is reached, the reversion occurs – right back to the old eating and exercise habits that got us overweight in the first place. It’s a constant cycle of dieting and gaining weight. To achieve permanent results, the old habits need to be destroyed and new, healthy habits created.

Beliefs and thoughts have incredible power. If you think that eating junk or comfort food is tastier than eating healthy, you will struggle. Keep a constant internal conversation going to re-align your thought processes. Whatever is learned can be unlearned.

This quote by Mahatma Ghandi describes the power of your thoughts and beliefs and is absolutely true. Thoughts need to be constantly weeded – shed the bad stuff and keep the good.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.