Spreading the word about the importance of a positive body image is super important in the modern, social media driven world. Ladies and gents, you are beautiful just the way Mother Nature has made you. And you should never bow down before the pressure of modern social trends telling you that you need to lose weight to look good.

However, you do want to listen to your body and create an inner temple of health and lifelong wellbeing. Unfortunately, being overweight is not healthy, so ditch the aesthetics, because a healthy body is the most attractive feature you can wear this year. Here are the six things you’re not doing to lose those extra pounds.

You’re not eating right

Nutrition is your key to a killer summer bod, and if you want to lose those stubborn pounds that are putting the unnecessary chunk around your waistline, and even worse, your thighs, this is where you need to start.

No matter what you might think, you’re probably not eating the way you’re supposed to in order to shed fat and your first step is to note down everything you put in your mouth for a whole week. When you take a look at what you’ve eaten during the past week, you are bound to find excess calories here and there that you can easily eliminate from your diet.


You didn’t embrace the detox lifestyle

Our bodies are perfectly capable of detoxing themselves, until the accumulation of toxins in our bodies due to the hectic nature of the modern lifestyle becomes too great for our system to process. This is why a monthly detox is a must in order to promote health, longevity and shed unwanted fat. So be sure to go on a seven-day total body cleanse.

Cardio? Is that in Spanish?

Hardly anybody likes to run on a treadmill for an hour every day, and luckily, you don’t have to. You can easily switch up your routine to not only promote constant fat loss, but to maintain a healthy cardio habit as well.

So, switch it up once in a while or every week for that matter, by incorporating Stairmasters, Nordic skiing machines, treadmills, sprints and HIIT cardio into your training routine. You will easily keep your metabolism high and help your body shed those extra pounds.


Don’t be a comfort zone snob

Monotony is the killer of all fitness goals, and not only because your body quickly stops responding to the same workout you keep throwing at it, but because you will become discouraged to pursue them further, as well.

You need to step out of your comfort zone every now and then to shock your body and provide it with a new stimulus to maintain a fat-shedding state and also provide your brain with the excitement it needs to persevere through the process. So why not jump the fat away at FLIPnOUT Xtreme or go model mountain climbing or even run an obstacle course? Just do something to get yourself out of your comfort zone!

Want lean? Build muscle!

Finally, if you want to burn fat, make it sit more evenly across your entire physique and be an all-around badass with a tush to die for, you’ve gotta lift some weights. Yes, it hurts, and yes, it’s heavy, but the more you lift, the better you’ll feel and more importantly, your fat-burning potential will skyrocket through the roof!

So maybe the gym is not a necessary evil after all, maybe when you give it a try and witness its amazing benefits, you will become addicted to proudly posting your selfies on your social media feed. It’s not easy, but it’s possible, so grab a pair of weights and squat those unwanted pounds away.

Becoming the healthiest version of yourself shouldn’t be a chore, rather you should empower and motivate yourself to strive for lifelong wellbeing and just feeling great all around! Be sure to incorporate these simple tricks into your daily regime and you will have no problems sculpting a healthy, beach-ready bod in no time.


Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter or in a tea shop.

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