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  • Get Your Dream Body at Start Living Right Gym!

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian At Start Living Right, we believe that better fitness should be within reach for everyone in Lebanon. So, we’ve created an environment that’s friendly, supportive and motivational. We offer everything you mi...
  • How to Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals

    One of the main reasons why people never reach their fitness goals is because they give up too easily and stop following their diet or exercise programs. It is very easy to lose motivation and quickly return back to old lifestyle habits.  Here are a ...
  • How to Keep Active While You Are at Work

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Sometimes you are just so busy that it can be really difficult to fit in some time to go to the gym. For example, your boss wants you stay late, your mother expects you to help her out with some chores, you mig...
  • How to Choose a Suitable Gym

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Are you looking to join a gym and start your new healthy lifestyle? Below are some tips to guide you and help you narrow down your search. Proximity The first step is look for a gym that is near your home or ...
  • How to Feel More Energized

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Are you one of those people that gets tried quite easily? Perhaps there’s no apparent reason why your energy levels are low. Don’t worry, you can easily feel reenergized! Just follow the below tips that can boo...
  • Train Your Mind to Think Positively

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff It can be extremely difficult to stick to your goals, especially if they are challenging and require a lot of dedication. Here are some tips to help you stick through till the end! Think positivity The first ...
  • Overcome Your Fear of Going to the Gym

    Have you ever felt shy or embarrassed to join a gym? Perhaps you are already a member of a gym but don’t have the courage to go. Many beginners feel ashamed of their bodies or intimidated by the regulars who are much fitter than them. Here are some t...
  • Overcome your excuses

    by – No excuses allowed for not going to the gym. You will get to love exercising, you can be fit if you want, and there is always time for gym. T...
  • Motivate Yourself To Go To The Gym

    by – We offer you many tips to keep your motivation to go to the gym and spend time on exercising and hard beneficial workouts.     Many people pursuing a fitness goal find it extremely difficult to stay motivated to wo...
  • How To Track Your Fat Loss

    by – Track your fat loss progress by applying body fat testing. Never obsess with your weight on the scale as a means of your progress.   When we...
  • Maintain Your Weight

    by – Once you reached your target weight, the next mission to accomplish is to Maintain Your Weight. Take a look and those tips and habits. ...
  • How to Make the Most of Yourself

    by – You are fully responsible for making the most out of what nature has given you. Keep a healthy lifestyle and keep exercising. When it comes...
  • Tips To Stay Motivated

    by – In order to keep you motivation, never compare yourself to anyone, accept failure and know that it isn’t easy and it takes time.     When it comes to staying positive and consistently focused on achieving your goal...
  • Transform your Body Image

    by Transform your Body Image by believing in yourself and sticking to your fitness program and your gym training sessions. Are you someone who frequently starts a ne...
  • What to do when you Accomplish a Goal

    by – When you finally accomplish a certain goal, reward yourself. Treat yourself, appreciate the results and inspire and keep challenging yourself. ...
  • Body Transformation Program

    by – Getting started on a Body Transformation Program will require you create a meals plan, cook in bulk and exercise.     When it comes to successfully adhering to your body transformation program, it is essential to p...
  • Healthy Lifestyle

    by – In order to commit to a healthy lifestyle, one should overcome the peer pressure, the emotional attachment and the bad unhealthy habits. When...
  • How To Set Clear Goals

    by – Set clear goals for your journey. What do you want? Why do you want it and what will you do to get it? Commit and be specific.     When it comes to successful body transformation programs, setting clear and specifi...
  • Body Types and Frames

    by Before setting goals and plans, you should understand your body’s genetic type and frame to know exactly what to eat and what to exercise.  When it comes to burni...
  • A Suitable Diet & Training Program

    by – When choosing a suitable diet and training program, be logic. Do not put a program that is too good to be true for the long term.     When it comes to choosing an appropriate fat loss or muscle gaining program, it ...
  • Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

    by – Healthy lifestyle has got more than one benefit. Self-confidence, happiness, improved social relationships and mental health are few of them. ...
  • Getting rid of Cravings

    by – Craving are temptations that try to make you cheat on your diet. Get rid of them and do never consider it as a sacrifice One of the biggest ...
  • Fat Loss Plateau

    by – When sure you are in a fat loss plateau, break it off by increasing the duration, intensity and frequency of your cardio workouts. When it co...
  • Beat Emotional Eating

    by – When you are stressed you usually go for emotional eating. The problem is that junk food will make you feel worse than you already do One...

How to commit to a healthy lifestyle


When the fat loss phase is over, the next challenge is to keep if off and transition into a new lifestyle. Here are some mental training tactics to make sure that you adopt lifestyle habits for LIFE and NEVER regain the lost weight. Please note, this article focuses on MENTAL training only. If you need more advice on eating for maintenance, you’ll find that on the nutrition page.

Peer pressure

Don’t fall prey to peer pressure. You may have friends or family members who eat badly all the time and never exercise, and this might tempt you to ditch your healthy lifestyle in order to keep pace with them. Remind yourself that you CAN be social, enjoy life to the full, and maintain your health. You can dine out with friends and eat healthy (delicious) meals, you can limit but not completely curtail your alcohol intake when you go out, and you can always find time to exercise. Tell yourself: “I am a leader, not a follower.” Be the one to set a good example and positively influence others. Be the only person in your social circle with real willpower and commitment. Be the person others envy. Who knows? You’ll probably end up being the person who inspires others to start doing what you do.

Emotional attachment

Keep in mind your emotional reasons for fat loss and remember WHY you initially wanted to lose weight. For some of you it may be an aesthetic choice, because you want to wake up every morning, look in the mirror and see a fat-free body of which you can feel proud. Others may be doing it for health reasons, because you want to grow old while staying in great shape and remain fit and healthy to watch your grandchildren grow up. Wake up every single morning and tell yourself why you’ve done everything you’ve achieved so far, why you will CONTINUE to do it, and why this is MORE important than anything else. Establishing emotional links to your achievements will eventually create subconscious habits. Keeping close tabs on your emotions will help to highlight that these personal goals are far more important - and bring far more value to your life - than eating pizza every night.

Lifestyle habits

Remember that exercise and healthy living are habits for life, no matter what you do or where you are in the world. This includes outings, dinners, parties, vacations, etc. If you unconsciously overeat every time you dine out, or if you travel abroad for two weeks and indulge your appetites every single day, you’ll discover that unwanted fat will eventually creep back unnoticed. Be AWARE of everything you eat and strive to make healthy choices, no matter where you are or what type of vacation you decide to take. You may worry that having to focus on your health constantly will prevent you from enjoying life or living it to the full – a fear some people have expressed to me - but you’ll eventually discover that exercise and eating right will bring more joy to your life than you’ve ever imagined. One of my favorite quotes is: “nothing will ever taste as good as being lean feels.” Most people who express these types of worry have never experienced and enjoyed what being lean feels like.

Celebrate achievements

Always celebrate and feel proud of having achieved results, no matter what your current size or shape. You may have burnt a lot of fat but still have a belly, or not yet have achieved the size you want to be. Feeling unsatisfied and unhappy might eventually demotivate you and encourage old habits to creep back into your life. You might think to yourself: “I’ll never be thin anyway, what’s the point of all this?”  Remember that getting the body of your dreams requires A LOT of work and dedication, and that fat loss is MEANT to be slow. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not yet at the weight you want to be, and don’t ever compare yourself to others. If we search for it long enough, we’ll always find someone leaner or fitter than we are. Compare yourself to you and ONLY you, and look at how much you’ve improved or changed. Staying positive and believing in yourself will encourage you to keep going and get you where you want to be, even if it takes a lot of work. Remember the saying: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

An enhanced lifestyle

Try not to see healthy food and exercise as something restrictive, but rather as enhancing your life. If you maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, everything else in your life will improve too. Imagine waking up every single day with lots of self-esteem, feeling like you are on a constant emotional high. You’ll feel good, look good, and have the confidence and discipline to achieve all your goals. Your personal relationships will improve too, whether with friends, family members or significant others. Physical health promotes mental health, meaning your performance at work will likely improve, as will your relationships with colleagues. Your relationship with yourself will also improve. You’ll be proud of who you’ve become and love the body you’ve worked hard to create. So when it comes to maintaining your new body and transitioning into a healthy lifestyle, tell yourself: “I’m going to keep this up because if I do, EVERY aspect of my life will be better.”  




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