5 Tips to Achieve a Sexy, Healthy Body

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If you've been consistent with your fitness plans and diet, you may have noticed some improvements already. Within the last year, I've also been working on my social calendar and my diet. A total of four months has gone by and I'm starting to notice my improvements come more quickly, the thinner layers of my body begin to show. Many of my peers are losing weight. I'm not the girl running a little-girl marathon around campus, but I'm getting there. What does this have to do with me?

I wish it didn't, but I'll explain.

First, why would a skinny girl suffer from any kind of bulimia or anorexia nervosa? Unfortunately, one out of three females will have bulimia or anorexia nervosa, but the risks of bulimia and anorexia nervosa are 100% preventable. This is going to take a culture change to get the focus back to the most important things: your body, body positivity, diet, and exercise.

So is it the food you eat that's the problem?

Absolutely not! I don't believe in any kind of diets, what's good for you isn't necessarily good for me, and the caveat here is that it doesn't have to be. I promise, you're going to want to feel good about yourself no matter how many hours you train, if you eat right, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Speaking of healthy lifestyle... where did all the 'healthy' labels come from?

Traditionally, the idea of a healthy lifestyle is very broad and imprecise. It has been questioned as to what a healthy lifestyle actually is, with some pieces of the healthy lifestyle looking very different to what we think a healthy lifestyle is these days. For example, the term ‘healthy lifestyle’ could be very self-defeating.

Think of a popular food group like fish, a popular beverage like tea, or a popular food like chocolate. These are all food groups that have started to merge with traditional consumer behavior over the last 20 years. The trend is towards less processed foods, and towards going organic. Through merging the soft drink industry and the malt beverage industry, the food industry also began the food that is now considered unhealthy and typical for a healthy lifestyle. Today, the vast majority of fast food chains no longer offer their traditional fare as healthy as they once did, but, today, there is no denying the fact that the main products you have to turn to today are generally completely different to what you were looking for before. This is because there is not only a shift of consumer behavior, but the companies have been allowed to design new products that keep people buying their product.

Should the idea of having a healthy lifestyle be the preserve of only the richest?

No, I don't think this is the case. In fact, I think that it is the only way to make these products better, and more nutritious. In most of the companies that you'll find out there, there's a belief that their product is healthy, but I would say that a lot of the food products that are made are not good for you and can contain risks of health problems and health issues. It is wrong to call these products healthy, but it has certainly made people buy products made by companies that have made misleading claims.

So what can we do to stop this in our daily lives?

I would love to see a change of mindset from consumers and of leaders, that we need to recognize and look at the ‘natural’ way of doing things. This means going back to basic principles of nutritional health. Where are the chemicals and additives that we don't need? Do we really need these things in our life? I can't tell you all of the additives and chemicals used to fill up food and drinks today, but I can help you choose foods that are safe for you and your body. Yes, we can go out and eat, get fast food and fast food that doesn't have all these elements in them, and we can buy processed foods, but I think what the food industry has done in the last 20-30 years is very unhealthy, and the issues in the food industry should be solved within the food industry and its corporations.

So, like I said, you get an image.

As of today, for all of the body positivity organizations that I follow, there is no place on their websites where this statement is highlighted and I've heard that it's said that it is deemed over-sexualized by society. I hope that is no longer the case in my lifetime. I'd love to see our society not go back into the physical, psychological, and social violence that we are currently undergoing, and I'd love to see this message be spread about a culture that values well-being and recognition of this just as much as physical wellness.

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