(GoHealthier.com) – When was the last time you stood in front of the mirror in your birthday suit? Did you like what you saw? If so, that’s super! But for those of us who hate the thought of seeing ourselves naked, we have some ideas to help.
Whether we have a significant other or not, it’s important to look at ourselves in the mirror and feel good about what we see. Now is the time to start feeling great about our bodies, especially when naked. Here are five ways to look AND feel better in the nude.
1. Get Rid of Sugar
Many of us feel bloated when we look in the mirror. We can help reduce the problem by reducing the sugar in our diets or eliminating it altogether. This also includes high-carb foods like bread and potatoes, which can trigger an insulin response. A low-sugar diet can prevent unwanted weight gain, especially in the tummy where visceral fat can be ugly and deadly.
2. Stop Eating Junk Food
Banishing sugar is good, but cutting out junk food is even better. Most are filled with empty calories and fats that can lead to weight gain in the thighs, underarms and derriere. Extra weight can reduce our confidence when we want to look good naked. Replacing bad foods with fruits and veggies can aid in fat loss and improve our overall appearance when we strip down. A healthier digestive system plays a part, but the carotenoids, or pigment found in these foods, may play a big role.
3. Get Your Tan On
Having a sun-kissed complexion can significantly improve our overall appearance. That is why so many people flock to the beach each summer to tan. Unfortunately, tanning isn’t healthy for your skin. It leads to wrinkles and age spots and increases skin cancer risk.
Achieve the same slimming look by applying a self-tanner or bronzer. There are so many self-tanners on the market to choose from, with options for every skin tone. When making self-tanning a part of your routine, don’t forget to moisturize and use sunscreen daily.
4. Drink More Water
Feeling better in our own skin — literally — could be as easy as increasing our water consumption. The daily recommendation for water intake averages between 11 and 15.5 cups. This includes water from other sources like food and drinks. When we drink water, it flushes out toxins and helps reduce inflammation in our bodies, which reduces puffiness.
Water gives us more energy and keeps our skin hydrated and supple — making it perfect for getting in and out of our swimsuits. Water has also been found to make us look younger and more radiant, which can help us feel better about ourselves.
Exercise, as most people know, has an array of benefits. It’s what keeps the body in perfect form. If we want to look and feel good naked, we should workout at least five times a week. There are many variants on achieving a smooth, toned body. Mixing things up is the best way to get there. Switch up from high to low-impact routines, and add some yoga and muscle stretching in there, too.
It takes hard work and drive to achieve a dream body. From exercise to eating right, it takes more than one thing to look and feel good naked. Where to start? Try reaching within. Your true beauty and spirit lie there. That’s the first step to feeling your very best — inside and out.
~Here’s to a Healthier Life!
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