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Exercising On The Paleo Diet

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you are going to embrace the Paleo lifestyle, you really should consider an exercise regimen as well. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, like some weight training program from a roided-out pro bodybuilder or the training of a high-level athlete.
In fact, if you all you can muster is a 30-minute walk every day, that’s a big deal. One of the biggest problems with modern life is how sedentary we are nowadays. Many people sit at a desk all day long and then they sit on the couch in the evening, usually with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, engaging in social media sites.

So if you can walk every day for half an hour, good for you! Keep it up!
If you want a little more but you’re one of those people that REALLY struggle with sticking to your workouts, forget complicated, multi-exercise programs. Start by focusing on making exercises a habit so that it becomes part of your life routine. And the easiest way to do this is not just to workout first thing in the morning but to make the workout unbelievably simple!
How do you make it so simple that you never skip a workout? Easy! As soon as you roll out of bed, start exercising! This can be as simple as one exercise.


Here are some examples.

Roll out of bed and do X number of bodyweight squats (such as 50!) If you can’t do 50 straight take rests when you need it and keep track of the time it takes to complete all 50 and try and beat that time the next time you do it. Or, reverse it and do bodyweight squats for 7 minutes, resting when you need to and keep track of how many you do. Next time, try and do more in those 7 minutes.
You could do a different exercise each day for a week and then repeat.
Maybe like this:
Monday Bodyweight Squats
Tuesday Push-Ups
Wednesday Burpees
Thursday Jumping Jacks
Friday Jump Lunges
Saturday Jump Rope

Sunday Rest


Modify the exercises to fit you. If you have knee issues or are severely overweight or out of shape, burpees and jump lunges may not be for you. That’s fine. Do normal squats instead of the burpees. Do regular lunges instead of jump lunges.
Not strong enough for the push-ups? Do them from your knees. Or do them on a wall, with your feet a few feet away so you have to lean into the wall.
If push-ups are too easy, do a more difficult version, such as explosive push-ups, clap push-ups, or spiderman push-ups.
Once you’ve done that for a few weeks and exercise becomes the normal thing you do in the morning, you can start doing multi-exercise routines.
Another option would be to set an appointment with your self. Instead of having a workout scheduled for Tuesday, you should have an appointment with yourself to workout on Tuesday at 6 pm. You’ll be much more likely to keep this commitment

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Paleo Approved Foods

Foods You Can Eat: (we’ll cover this in a bit more detail below)
• Butter
• Eggs
• Fish and Seafood
• Fruit
• Herbs and Spices
• Meat
• Natural oils (avocado, coconut, olive)
• Nuts (Seeds)
• Vegetables

Grains, grains, grains (barley, rye, wheat) – Among other things they contain gluten. Avoiding grains means no bread or pasta.
Sugars (includes high fructose corn syrup) – No soft drinks, fruit drinks, ice cream, pastries, candy, etc. Sugars may promote weight gain, give you diabetes, energy crashes, and blood pressure issues, among other health issues.
Legumes – This means no beans or lentils.
Dairy – Stay away from all low-fat dairy products. If you don’t have problems digesting dairy it may be okay to consume some full-fat dairy products like raw whole milk and certain cheeses but only in small amounts.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (canola, corn, cottonseed, soybean, sunflower, etc.) – These oils cause unhealthy levels of inflammation. And remember the essential fatty acids mentioned above? One of the major problems today is our unbalanced intake of Omega-6 fatty acids compared to Omega-3. A major factor in this unbalanced intake is the high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids in these oils.
Margarine – Margarine was created as a “healthy” alternative to butter. As it turns out, butter is the much healthier option. Most margarine has high levels of deadly trans-fats in them.


Artificial Sweeteners – things like acesulfame potassium, aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are to be avoided on the Paleo diet.
Obesity is an epidemic and many, many health problems have been connected to obesity. Obesity has been linked to diets high in processed foods, high in processed carbohydrates, and excess sugar intake. The potential health problems include heart disease, type two diabetes, cancer, and stroke.
Yes, many of you are looking at this list of what you can’t eat and thinking you could never follow a Paleo lifestyle. Well, take another look at the list of things that you can eat! How often do you see some of those on a list of foods you can eat while on a so-called ‘diet?’
Not to mention the fact that a Paleo diet does not ask you to count calories!
Yummy Paleo Approved Foods!
Remember that list above of approved foods?
Grass-fed if you can. After all, meat with a bunch of added chemicals sort of defeats the purpose of the Paleo diet, don’t you think?
Seafood includes fish like salmon, trout, shrimp, a variety of shellfish, haddock, and even more.

You can eat lots of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, kale, and tomato, as well as onions and peppers.
Sweet potatoes, yams, and baked potatoes are on the approved Paleo eating list. This includes turnips, too.
Yes to eggs as well – hard-boiled, soft boiled, scrambled, omelet (just add some of those vegetables and even some of the meat list, if that’s what you enjoy.
Approved nuts and seeds you can eat are almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, chia seeds, and macadamia nuts as well.
A large variety of fruits can be eaten when you go Paleo. On this list is all kinds of berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.), apples, oranges, mango, and pears. This also includes avocados which is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that your body needs.
Oils are an important part of the Paleo diet and include the aforementioned olive, coconut, and avocado.
Finally, we have our herbs and spices. There is something here for everyone to flavor your food – Sea salt, garlic, turmeric, mint, basil, rosemary, and many others can be part of your every day eating.
You will find slightly different approved foods with the Paleo diet or the “Caveman” diet. Some will tell you that it’s okay to consume certain things in limited quantities. This includes red wine (science says there are a variety of health benefits to red wine), hot chocolate using dark chocolate, and certain teas, like green tea, that is packed with powerful antioxidants that have a lot of health benefits.
Hardcore Paleo enthusiasts will tell you to go organic as often as possible, to only eat grass-fed meat and consume wild-caught sustainable fish. If you can do this, great, but if not, don’t let that stop you.


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Is Organic The Way To Go In This Modern World ?

Part of being an informed and conscious consumer is being aware of the foods you buy and their health benefits and drawbacks especially if you’re looking at adopting the Paleo way of eating. Buzz words float around the world of healthy eating so frequently that it’s hard to keep track of what’s what and why- and “organic” is certainly no exception. Walk into your typical, everyday grocery store and chances are you’ll stumble upon a few aisles labeled “health food aisle” or “organic aisle.” Sounds pretty good, right? The shelves are stocked with items labeled “natural,” “raw,” “sprouted,” and “organic.” The prices are a bit high but hey, that’s the price you pay for health, right?

It’s important to understand what these labels mean and if they really even mean much, at all. The term organic refers to the way in which agricultural products are grown, raised, handled, and processed. Using natural fertilizers over chemical ones, and natural insecticides over synthetic ones are both ways in which food can be grown and processed to be considered organic. Meat that is considered organic comes from animals that were given organic feed and no antibiotics, growth hormones, or medications.

Variations of “Organic” Labeling


• 100% Organic- completely organic or made of all organic ingredients
• Organic- at least 95% of organic ingredients
• Made with Organic Ingredients- 70% or higher organic ingredients
It’s important to consider the value of buying a particular item in an organic variety. Just because organic costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worth it.
Organic.org has a list of foods they call the “dirty dozen,” which contain those that have the highest level of pesticides and therefore are best bought organic. There is also a list of a dozen foods that you can buy non-organic (“least contaminated”). This guide is a great reference for your trips to the grocery store.


Adding Organic Foods Into A Paleo Diet

Now that you understand what the term organic means, what are some reasons you should start adding organic foods into your grocery purchases if following a Paleo Diet?
• More Nutritious- Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids
• Safer- No pesticides, usually no GMO’s
• Pure- No flavor enhancers, preservatives, contaminants
While many argue that the price of organic food makes it impossible to afford, there are ways you can make it fit your budget.
• Shop at local farmers markets
• Join an organic co-op
• Buy directly from farmers
• Buy in bulk
• Grow your own
• Shop online

Those who are fans of organic foods believe it’s healthier and safer to consume than non-organic foods when following the Paleo Diet. On the other hand, some argue that there is no way to ensure that what you’re buying is truly organic, the major factor being the consumption of these foods over-processed.

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Are All Fats Beneficial in the Paleo Diet?

The first point to note is that not all fats are created equal. The second point worth remembering is that you do not get fat by eating fat. In fact, you must consume the right fats for good health. Fats make you feel happy and provide a host of benefits such as reducing cancer risk, boosting your immune system, and even helping you lose weight. Yup! You need to eat fat to lose fat… but you must eat the right fats. The problem these days is that most people are consuming unhealthy fats that come from hydrogenated oils. Many people are unaware of how unhealthy the vegetable oils they consume are. The oils are marketed as being healthy and made out of natural foods such as soy, corn, etc.

In reality, oils that have been refined or hydrogenated are extremely bad for the human body and cause many health-related problems.
The paleo diet uses oils in their natural state. The oils are not bleached or subjected to chemical processes that make them harmful. The fats used in the paleo diet are not only safe but are extremely beneficial to the body. Since the diet is heavy in meat, you will get a good portion of animal fats in your diet. Paleo dieters are encouraged to get grass-fed meats because even the food the commercial companies feed their livestock is detrimental. Eating grass-fed meats will ensure that no ill-effects are passed down to you. Animal fats are perfectly fine. Our ancestors ate lots of meat and our bodies have evolved over time to eat meat and handle animal fat. Rest assured that your cholesterol level is not going to skyrocket. Studies have proven that dietary cholesterol does not cause high cholesterol in humans.


Do you want to know what causes high cholesterol levels in human beings?


Hydrogenated oils sold on supermarket shelves. Unhealthy fats found in cookies, junk food, fast food, etc. These are what cause unhealthy cholesterol levels. Worry not! Since the paleo diet does not allow the consumption of these awful items, you’re safe. Coconut oil is the most preferred oil in the paleo diet. Just like how olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, coconut oil is the staple oil in the paleo diet. It contains over 90% saturated fat and every bit is good for you. Coconut oil is stable at room temperature and can be used for cooking. It contains lauric acid which is easily digested and helps boost your immune system. Another healthy fat that is seen in the paleo diet is olive oil. This is a very healthy oil and helps to balance the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the body. This will lubricate your joints and prevent inflammation in the body.

Butter and ghee are other fats that are also used to prepare paleo dishes. Many paleo dieters scramble their eggs in the morning with melted butter. Butter is not a strictly paleo ingredient but it does have many health benefits. So, if you’re willing to be a little lax, you can include butter as part of your diet. It does have many benefits. These are just some of the fats in the paleo diet. There are other fats such as avocado oil, etc. The point you should take away from this article is that the fats in the paleo diet are perfectly healthy. You should be more concerned with the normal food that is being sold commercially. These are the biggest culprits for most of society’s health issues these days. Avoid these unhealthy products and go paleo. It truly is life-changing. The Paleo diet has been referred to as the “Caveman” diet because that is basically how you are asked to eat. The Paleo diet mainly consists of meat, fish, turkey, chicken, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Overall, Eating Paleo eliminates the negative aspects of the modern diet, such as sugar, trans fats, and preservatives, while nourishing your body with much-needed vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthy fats such as essential fatty acids. Essential as in your body needs them! Get it? With the Paleo diet, you are basically going back to, well, basics! Well, that’s a basic overview of what the Paleo Diet is, in the next part we will look at going organic and following that we will look at Paleo approved foods.

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What Exactly Is The Paleo Diet?

If you don’t know what the Paleo diet is or you’ve never heard of it before, no worries – within this first chapter, we’re going to explore exactly what this way of eating is all about. At its core, Paleo is a lot more lifestyle than it is a diet. A Paleo lifestyle is about eating real, whole, natural foods, and avoiding all processed foods. You see, the modern diet is exactly that, it’s modern. Humans ate in a Paleo-style since the beginning of time before starting the agricultural revolution where we started to eat grain and sugar-based foods, as well as processed foods. The idea behind Paleo is to eliminate those processed foods, chemicals, vegetable oils, and other new additions to the modern diet that can be detrimental to our lifestyle, from how we move to our energy levels to how we feel on a daily basis.

For all those years that we ate Paleo, humans were hunters and gathers. They ate meat and they ate fruits such as berries when they were in season. Which also meant they moved a lot and were very active. They needed to be strong and fit in order to survive. Their bodies were conditioned to efficiently use fat as fuel and energy, not carbohydrates. Eventually, agriculture came into being and the human diet changed dramatically. The Agricultural Revolution occurred about 10,000 years ago and introduced grains, such as wheat, and bread into our diet. Today’s modern diet contains things like significant quantities of gluten. Gluten was non-existent in Paleolithic times. Things like wheat, rye, many bowls of cereal and barley, contain gluten. Gluten has been recognized to cause inflammation in the gut and has been given widespread attention through celebrities like Kelly Ripa, who have famously gone gluten-free.


It’s also been theorized (not proven) that gluten could play a role in an increased risk of some cancers as well as heart disease. Another ingredient in the modern-day diet that is linked to possible health problems is that of lectins. Lectins are present in grains. They cause wear and tear on our gastrointestinal tract, making it very difficult to heal. Let’s not forget the sugar. Sugar is everywhere and in everything nowadays. Sugar needs to be burned but another aspect of modern times is how sedentary people have become. Everyone sits. They sit at work, sit on the couch watching television, they sit at their computers, they sit checking out social media and texts on their smartphones. People do not move the way they used to and so they don’t burn calories the way they used to. This becomes a big problem when talking about sugar consumption. In the Paleolithic period, humans were lean, strong, and fit. They moved, pretty much all day every day. They didn’t farm or grow crops. As I mentioned above, they hunted and gathered. They followed the food. They didn’t sit around playing on their Tablet. If they did, they’d starve!


So all that sugar being consumed in the modern diet, which is bad enough, isn’t even burned off because of sedentary lifestyles. Which means energy spikes and crashes, and related health problems such as diabetes and blood pressure issues. One of the big myths that the Paleo diet has helped to dispel is the outdated notion of eating fat makes you fat. This was a big deal when the high carbohydrate craze started in the eighties and you had everyone obsessed with the number of fat calories they were eating. Almost every food in existence ended up with a low-fat or no-fat version. But most of that fat got replaced with sugar! Fat is a crucial nutrient when it comes to our health. Dietary fat is needed for an optimal, well-functioning, and healthy body. It’s all the chemicals, preservatives, and added sugar in our diets that lead to weight gain, health issues, energy problems, and more.

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How Does Belief Operate in Your Life?

If you are wondering why belief is so important in your efforts at transforming your life, let me step you through the process. Look around you. Notice that there are all sorts of stimuli in the outside world that you can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. These are our five senses and, believe it or not, these stimuli are neutral. Every single second, the world is sending us all sorts of stimuli. We’re just bombarded with these signals every single moment. Now, what makes them positive or negative boils down to our beliefs. Our beliefs are like filters, and when we perceive a stimulus, whether it’s something that somebody said, something that we saw, or maybe something that we heard, we interpret these things and these interpretations are never emotionally neutral. We either feel empowered or feel discouraged and diminished and small. These emotional states that we find ourselves in, by seeming accident, push us to certain physical actions and decisions.

Let me be clear, the world doesn’t care about your feelings. Seriously. How you feel, your intentions, motivations and everything else going inside your head mean absolutely nothing to the world. But do you know what people sit up and pay attention to? They pay attention to the actions you take. Your decisions matter. And I hope you can see the connection between the stimuli and your beliefs and your physical actions. If you are struggling to achieve happiness, fulfillment, contentment, and other forms of success in your life, it is due to the fact that you are using the wrong beliefs as filters. You’re feeling stuck, frustrated, small, powerless, and not in control precisely because you are using the wrong filters. Let me be clear, the reason why you refuse to take full control of your life is that you are caught in a downward spiral. Again, you may not be aware of it, but its effects on your life and the quality of your decisions are all too real.

If you were to consciously change the direction of those spirals in your life, you would be able to achieve more. Here’s how it works: when you have a positive belief, the stimuli that you get from the world makes you feel like you have a choice. It makes you feel that you can take control of every single moment of your life and produce a more positive result. When you are able to achieve that positive result, maybe you made somebody smile, maybe you did a good job at work, or maybe you impressed people during a job interview, you feel better about yourself. You feel more confident. You then are more likely to take such positive actions in the future.


The more you engage in such positive actions, the better you feel about yourself, and the less likely you’re going to interpret stimuli in a negative way. In other words, you develop an upward spiral. The better you do, the better you feel, which leads to greater confidence and more positive beliefs, which leads to even more positive actions. The reason why you’re struggling right now is that you’re caught up in the precise opposite of what I just described. You are stuck in a downward spiral. In other words, you do something bad or you perform substandard work, and people give you negative feedback. You then perceive this feedback as a personal judgment. You feel like you’re worthless, you’re dumb, you’re ugly, you are not worthy of people’s respect, or any other negative interpretations. This corrodes your confidence and you are less likely to take action.


Even when you do take action, you are so doubtful about yourself and so shaky that you do a bad job. And the process repeats itself again. You keep getting the same feedback over and over that you start believing that it is true. Ultimately, your definition of reality leaves you with the short end of the stick. You come up with conclusions like you don’t have the money, you’re too stupid, you don’t have the right education, your parents did not give you the right upbringing, and on and on it goes. I’m sorry to be the one to report this to you, but you cannot eat excuses. You may have a well-crafted excuse as to why your life is powerless, small, weak, and unhappy, but unfortunately, all the excuses in the world are not going to change your situation. You’re just going to keep going down the drain, caught in that downward spiral.


And the worst part to all of this is you feel that, at some level or another, you deserve to be there because of the excuses you chose to believe about your situation. Your areas of frustration are due to the fact that you chose to be in that downward spiral. I know, this sounds crazy because who in their right mind would want to be stuck in a downward spiral? But let me tell you, there are many abusive relationships out there. There are many husbands or boyfriends that beat the living crap out of their girlfriends physically and emotionally, but their partners refuse to leave. The same applies to your life. Life may be slapping you around, pulling you by the hair, dragging you down, and you refuse to leave because that is the only reality you know. You feel that you are dirt. You feel that the
only thing you’re capable of is failure, pain, and disappointment. You start believing that you are small and incapable of the great things in life. But it’s all in your head. If you were to change that belief system and adopt new filters, you would be able to reverse the direction of that downward spiral.

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Identify Your Beliefs

I know you’re struggling. If you’re reading this, you probably feel that you are just plodding through your life. You might even think that one day is as meaningless and as insignificant as the day that preceded it. Believe me, we’ve all been through what you’re going through. In fact, you are not alone in your current situation because there are millions upon millions of people who are in the same situation as you. They feel stuck. They feel that the best things in life have slipped through their fingers and they are struggling with whatever is left. They have all sorts of self-defeating beliefs as to why they cannot achieve great things in life. They feel they’re too poor, they don’t have enough money, or they don’t have connections. In other words, they give themselves an excuse after excuse as to why they remain frustrated.

What if I told you that these are all illusions? What if I told you that they emanate from the things you choose to believe about yourself?
You have to understand that there are people who have less money than you or who have severe physical disabilities who are able to do amazing things with their life. On the surface, these people have so little to work with, but they are able to rise above. Life may have given them lemons, but they sure know how to make a great pitcher of lemonade. Now, here comes the painful question, why can’t you do what they do? It all boils down to beliefs. We all have beliefs. You may be thinking to yourself that there’s really no overriding belief governing your life. You might want to think about that for a second. You might want to take a closer look. You see, we all have beliefs. We just might not be conscious of them. They might not be top of mind. Accordingly, we just might

not be aware of their impact on our lives. But just because we’re not aware, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist nor have an impact.
Let me cut straight to the chase. Your life is the product of your beliefs. If you want to change your life, if you want to be a winner instead of a loser, if you want to be a victor instead of a victim, change your beliefs. It doesn’t get any simpler than this, but it also is very difficult because we are creatures of habit. It’s easier to stick with the devil you know than to take a leap of faith into the great unknown. But the bottom line will not go away: if you are frustrated in any aspect of your life, they are linked to your beliefs. This is a straight link. This is a direct cause and effect relationship.

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Bridging The Gap – BELIEF

Hello and welcome to our short, beginners guide on boosting your confidence by unleashing the power of belief
“To believe is to achieve…”

How many times have you heard that saying? While it may make sense intellectually to most people, living out this saying is another thing altogether. You know it, and I know it. There are many things we know should work in our lives, but in reality, they don’t. They don’t even stand a prayer. Belief powers successful action. This is the reality. While we can say to ourselves that believing to achieve is possible for others, but not possible for us, we still have to confront this reality. If you look at any successful person, from multimillionaires to billionaires, to captains of industry, to political powerhouses, it
should be easy to see how their beliefs propel their actions. Let me say it again, belief powers successful action.

The most successful people in the world have amazing powers of belief. When you believe, you have a tremendous power core located deep within you. It doesn’t matter what’s going on outside of you. It doesn’t matter how many people point at you and laugh at you and call you crazy. It doesn’t matter how many people have it in for you to block your every step. It doesn’t matter what your feelings are. Regardless of how much access you have to resources, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have this store of power locked within you that you can access at any time.

This is the secret most successful people have. They are able to tap into the amazing powers of belief. They believe in themselves, their cause, their projects so much that their belief translates to action. Even better, when they meet obstacles and setbacks like everyone else, it doesn’t faze them… because they believe in what they’re doing and what they are trying to accomplish.

Their power of belief is so strong that it produces infectious confidence that people around them simply can’t ignore or fight off. Have you ever noticed that successful people tend to reach the highest levels of power and financial wealth because they are able to inspire people around them? That’s how unstoppable their confidence is. It is not just for them. They don’t just lock it away or keep it to themselves. Instead, it spreads far from their initial circle of influence.

Indeed, successful leaders like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and others, are able to do massive things in life because they inspire others around them to share their belief… and be empowered by the confidence this belief produces. The good news? If they can do it, you can too.
This book steps you through the following process:
• Identify your beliefs
• Highlight positive and empowering beliefs
• Reform and eliminate limiting beliefs
• Live out your belief
• Create positive confidence feedback loops
• Infect others with your sense of possibility and positivity
Are you ready to begin?…
Let’s dive in!

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4 Practical Ways You Can Crush Negativity to Achieve Success

Most of us are exceptionally hard on ourselves when we consider our flaws and shortcomings. We can find ourselves easily stuck in some struggle that we know can be solved, but we just donÕt know how to begin. We are is so afraid of failure and of getting it wrong that we let negativity crush our dreams. If you tend to let negativity rule your life, you’ll never realize your dreams. Here are four practical ways that you can break the negativity in your life and achieve success in anything that you set out to do.

Speak Kindly to Yourself

If you don’t maintain kind thoughts and loving feelings toward yourself, you’ll become run down and won’t be able to achieve success. The words you speak to yourself have the power to either build you up or tear you down. Stop allowing your critical inner voice to control your life. Allow yourself to ignore this voice when it is filling your mind with negative thoughts and self-doubt.

Reinvent Your World

Your world is shaped by the way you see yourself, as well as by the beliefs that you hold. By changing your inner attitude, you have toward yourself you can improve the outer experiences in your life. Start by believing that anything is possible. Remind yourself daily that nothing is impossible. Once you chose to see yourself in a new light, you’ll stop worrying about what you can’t do and begin to dream about what you can.

Forget Mastery and Think Commitment

Trying to be the master of all you do will only create undue stress, and decrease your motivation. It can also make you less likely to reach your goals. Letting go of the mirage of perfection will allow you to break free from the weight. When you choose goals to help you get better and accept that the only thing required is the right thinking, incredible changes are possible. Pay close attention to the flow of thoughts that you have, and you’ll find that you are better able to focus your mind on being successful.

Change Your Thoughts

Changing your thoughts and the feeling that you have will change your future. Choose more positive thoughts and replace your old negative beliefs as you become more conscious of them. Your inner awareness is a powerful force and is what determines your failure or success. Stop waiting for things to happen. Remember your awareness helps to create your reality.
If you want to accomplish your goals and achieve success you have to let go of the negativity that surrounds you. Follow these four simple steps and never stop believing in yourself.

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The Importance Of Resistance Training

Exercise is hugely beneficial to us for a whole variety of different reasons. When it comes to weight loss however, people generally tend to think of cardio which we covered in the last chapter.
Whilst cardiovascular exercise is indeed very effective for burning fat, we shouldn’t overlook the importance of resistance training. Resistance training with weights is so beneficial, yet many of us overlook it for fear of getting “too big” and “too muscular”. Here’s a look at why resistance training is so beneficial for our health and well-being in general.

Builds muscle

This is, ironically, the one aspect of resistance training that puts some people off. For some people, being big and muscular is very appealing, but for others, not so much.
The reality is that weight and resistance training will build lean muscle if you’re consistent, but if you’re worried about looking like an enormous 280-pound bodybuilder then please don’t as that simply won’t happen. What will likely happen, however, is you will gain a few pounds of lean muscle which will help you to look better and also help protect you from injury.

Burns fat

People still seem to be amazed by the fact that resistance training does in fact help promote fat loss.
If you lift weights and train like a bodybuilder, you will build muscle which could cause you to gain weight. The weight you gain is a muscle, and this is what people struggle to realize. Resistance training is a form of exercise that promotes fat loss. You’re still burning calories when you exert yourself. Not only that but as you increase your lean muscle mass your metabolism increases so you burn off even more calories than usual. If you want to burn fat and get leaner, resistance training is great.

Great for the bones

As we grow older, our bone health often begins to deteriorate. This is where resistance training is so useful. Resistance training has been found to help strengthen the bones and protect them from age-related damage as we grow older. Resistance training can help to strengthen the bones and prevent conditions such as Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis.

Reduced risk of injury

When you engage in any form of physical exercise or exertion, there’s always a risk of injury. Resistance training, however, has been found to help reduce the likelihood of you suffering an injury.
Resistance training helps to build up the muscles and strengthen the bones, muscles, and joints, offering them an element of protection. Put simply, a small and frail body is far more susceptible to injury than a lean and muscular body.

Bodyweight training VS Free weights

If you prefer not to train with weights and keep things ‘natural’ there are a ton of bodyweight training exercises that are just as challenging. In fact, certain bodyweight exercises are so difficult that even people who have been training with free weights for years can’t do them. Planche pushups, front levers, V-sits, pistol squats, etc. are some of the most difficult bodyweight exercises in existence. If you can do them, you can rest assured that you will be strong and lean. There are hundreds of bodyweight exercises and variations that will keep you busy for a long time. By the time you master them, you’d have reached your weight loss goal and be hard as nails. It’s next to impossible to get bulky with bodyweight training. So, if that’s a concern of yours, bodyweight training has your name written all over it.

To see a variety of bodyweight exercises, all you need to do is go on YouTube and search for these exercises and try them out. Always be safe and approach the training in a sensible manner.
It would be good to mix bodyweight training with free weights. Neither is better than the other. The goal here is to work your muscles and it doesn’t matter which method you choose as long as you get there.
Many people feel intimidated by going to a gym and would prefer to train at home. Others find it a hassle and some even balk at the cost of the gym memberships. Some folks are even put off at having to use machines that have other people’s sweat on them.

The good news is that your muscles do not care where you work out. So you can either get free weights and train at home or just do bodyweight training in the privacy of your own home. Just make sure resistance training is part of your workout regimen When you lift heavy weights, your body exerts and the muscles get a hard workout. When you’re trying to lose weight, your resistance training should mostly comprise of full-body workouts. Unlike bodybuilders who train one or two body parts a day, you should be doing several different exercises that target muscles all over the body.

A sample workout would be like the one below.

Sample bodyweight circuit – Do 2X or 3X per workout
Deadlifts – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
Push-ups – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
Squats – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
Hanging leg raises – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
Burpees – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
Lunges – 45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest

By doing the workout above, not only would you have targeted several different muscles in the body but the minimal rest would have made the resistance training workout take on a cardio nature.
So, you’ll be toning your muscles and improving your stamina at the same time. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Not only that, but the workout will be exhausting and put you in calorie burning mode for several hours after your training session is over. This will help you burn more calories overall and lose weight faster than you ever expected. In the next part, we will look at getting proper rest and recovery which is an essential part of a weight loss plan.