Hey you, nice butt! Don’t be surprised–we think all bodies are beautiful and we truly hope that you’re happy with yours. But, we’re also human and that comes with anxiety and self-doubt. There are certainty things that all of us wish we could change – or at least improve – about our bodies. There are three things we think everyone needs to make a physical change: healthy eating, consistent exercise and confidence. You can avoid refined carbs all you want but without self-assurance it’s going to be difficult to make a lasting difference to your appearance. We’ve interviewed so many experts over the years about having a healthy body and mind. Here are some small, do-able tips from nutritionists that have stuck with us. Try them to boost your confidence.
How to be More Confident in Yourself
Ban bubbles. Put down that can of La Croix. This suggestion hits really close to home because seltzer runs through our veins. It turns out carbonated beverages such as soda, diet soda and sparking water can make your belly really large. Nutritionists say the bubbles can instantly cause bloating you and make your tummy as big as a balloon. Instead, drink flat water and infuse with mint, lime, orange or any fruit of your preference.
Eliminate sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols have lots of tricky sounding names: erythritol, xylitol, maltitol. If you see any of these ingredients on bars and supplements, walk away. The addition of sugar alcohols helps to lower sugar and carbs in foods but they also cause major belly bloat and GI distress, according to experts. Gum can cause a double bloat as many brands contain these sugar alcohols and swallowing lots of air puffs up your gut.
Use smaller plates. We’re always looking for a reason to buy new kitchen goodies. And boosting confidence is a spectacular excuse! Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full. Meanwhile you’ve devoured everything on your dinner-sized plate in 10 minutes. By using smaller plates and bowls, you can learn to eat mindfully and may gradually get used to eating smaller, yet filling portions.
Eat breakfast. Remember to always eat breakfast! Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more successful at losing weight–and maintaining their weight loss–than those who skip it. Breakfast sets the tone for the day so it’s important to start your metabolism on the right foot by eating within a few hours of waking up. So what is a healthy breakfast? Ask the experts at Noom, a new app that can help improve your confidence by guiding you to healthy, successful and lasting weight loss. A quick fix diet that cuts out breakfast might leave you looking lean but it won’t last. The nutrition and fitness experts behind Noom will personalize a plan filled with small, attainable goals (along with encouragement from a community) to guide you towards a long-lasting, achievable physical change.
Stand tall. While you’re waiting for the results of these healthy changes there’s something you can do ASAP to whittle your middle. Just stand up straight. Seriously. You probably don’t even realize how much you slouch when sitting, standing or walking. Standing up straight helps to keep your core muscles, including your abdominal muscles, engaged, and gives your midsection a flatter appearance. Good posture can also boost your mood and allows you to use your muscles more efficiently. Get your shoulders out of your ears, lift your chest, engage your abs and be upright!
The editors at SheFinds wrote this article in partnership with Noom.