Your body is a temple. Unfortunately, in this modern world it is easy to let those foundations rot. Millions of us want a healthier, better body but the majority just simply don’t know where to start.

The idea of weight loss should be straightforward. You burn more calories than you consume to create a deficit and lose weight. However, what should be a simple process has become a minefield due to the volume of different diets, plans and fads available. The market is saturated with different ideas. Some are good and some are bad. The main issue is finding one that works for you.

Choosing a new regime should not be taken lightly. If you are serious about losing weight then a short-term fix won’t suffice. In order to achieve long lasting results, you must be prepared to make a change in lifestyle habits for good. With this in mind, it’s crucial to emphasise that any plan you seek should be enjoyable. The idea of sculpting a better body is presumably to feel good about yourself, the last thing you want is a diet and exercise routine that puts you in a worse mood than you started in.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to lose weight. In fact, a healthy living plan is advised even if you’re already in seemingly good shape. However,  it is important to accept the media has completely overhauled the way we view the human form and puts pressure on us to look our best. The likelihood, though, is that you look just fine. So don’t be too harsh on yourself if you don’t see dramatic changes.

That shouldn’t be a deterrent from seeking a healthier lifestyle. You should remember, though, that it’s almost impossible to look like the models on magazine front covers. Christ, even they don’t look like the models in the images.

If you are serious about losing weight, or just getting healthier, then it has to be achieved through a combination of exercise and diet. The two ideas are strongly linked and one will not work without the other. That’s not to say we don’t all have the odd ‘fat day’ but in general you must take both concepts seriously in order to get positive results.

Implement changes to your everyday life and you will soon feel better, even if you don’t look it. Knowledge is a key ingredient to those improvements. By cooking your own food rather than purchasing processed products, you will not only get a better diet but additionally gain a better understanding of food in general.

Sticking with the theme of knowledge, it’s equally important to understand the details of any exercise plan before you start it. We might all be human, but we aren’t all the same and certain regimes will work better for specific types of people. For example, the is tailored for women and can bring much better results than a generic model. Finding a system that is both fun and productive is key.

A healthy body is a happy body and a happy body creates a happy mind. Achieving goals here will also encourage you do the same in other aspects of your life, such as work and relationships. You’ve really got nothing to lose, except those few extra pounds.