Since the arrival of her new baby, Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7th, pop star Beyonce is now reportedly working on getting herself back into shape for the stage. Long known for her sexy body as well as her powerful voice, Beyonce is apparently wasting no time trying to get her body back into “Bootylicious” shape However, she faces the same challenges that all new mom’s face – allowing her body sufficient time to recover from child birth.
In one often quoted article, MTV asked celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins how she helps stars like Beyonce get back into shape after their pregnancies. Her advice makes a lot of sense and is consistent with the “balanced” health philosophy I teach. Jeanette says:
“The most important thing for Beyonce will be getting back into shape and eating a healthy diet. The goal should not be to lose weight,” she added. “The goal should be to live a healthy life, and by working out and eating healthy, you will be happy and the weight will just fall off because you are making healthy choices.”
I couldn’t agree more. It’s counter-intuitive that if you want to lose weight, forget about chasing down the latest diet and exercise routines and focus instead on creating and installing a healthy mindset. In other words, FIRST you’ve got to “get your head straight.”
If you don’t do this, it doesn’t matter which diet or exercise routine you start on, you’ll constantly backslide and the weight will pile right back on. Why? Because in spite of all the physical activity, your mindset, your attitude towards food, your beliefs about exercise haven’t changed – and if that’s the case, you’ll always convince yourself that it’s OK to only do half a set, or eat a second piece of fried chicken, or to select the mashed potatoes instead of the broccoli.
On the other hand, if you work on developing a healthy mindset, you’ll automatically make healthy decisions. You’ll automatically reach for the green veggies instead of the bag of chips. You’ll automatically grab the dog and head out the door for a brisk walk instead of plopping down in front of the TV when you get home from work.
Change your mindset and the effects are dramatic. All of a sudden, eating healthy and exercising are not just things you force yourself to do, they become part of who you are. All of a sudden, living a healthy life becomes automatic and because you’re consistently making healthy choices, the pounds drop off by themselves.
Want to lose weight like Beyonce and have a “botylicious” body? Then get your head straight.
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