Defying Stereotypes: How to Help Men Feel Confident In Their Bodies
Men face just as much pressure as women to look a certain way physically, and they may feel as though they’re up against unreasonable expectations. However, it’s important for both men and women alike to set reasonable goals about how they should look. People should strive to look fit and healthy and not attempt to emulate unrealistic and sometimes outright unhealthy portrayals seen in movies and television. Here are some ways that you should change your habits and your perspective to feel physically confident.
Don’t Look to Movies for Inspiration
If you look at some action stars or superheroes in movies and think it’s a reasonable standard of how a strong and fit man should look, you may need to reevaluate that. When you see a shirtless superhero like Wolverine looking ripped, consider that Hugh Jackman would regularly subject himself to 36 hours of water deprivation immediately before shooting in order to achieve that appearance. After one more day, he literally would have died. Unfortunately, some people perceive superhero’s appearances to be the product of reasonable fitness regimens rather than the result of seriously dangerous and drastic measures. Don’t look to the movies to decide what you want to look like. Work on setting reasonable goals about how to look strong and healthy.
Wear Clothes That Fit You Well
One reason why some men are feeling uncomfortable about their bodies is that recent trends have popularized clothes that don’t fit people well, and in fact make them look a lot more out of shape than they really are. For example, skinny jeans tend to be particularly unflattering on most people. They cause bulging over the top of your jeans while also causing most people’s muscles to look thin and undefined. Moreover, they’re downright uncomfortable. Overall, your clothes should be reasonably loose and fit you well. Wear something because you like the style and you like how you look in it, not just because you think it’s trendy.
Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals
If you’re trying to lose weight, not making fast progress can be very discouraging. It’s particularly easy to get discouraged when you want to lose a lot of weight; you don’t feel positive affirmation when you’re even when you’re making progress. In turn, you get dejected about your efforts and revert back to the unhealthy eating habits that led you to become overweight in the first place. Nevertheless, it’s important to feel positively about your progress, no matter how small. Losing weight follows significant lifestyle changes and doesn’t happen in a short period of time. However, you can try enhancing your efforts, so long as you do so safely. Fat burners for men can boost weight loss without forcing you to attempt unhealthy fasting regimens that leave you feeling totally deprived of food and energy. In addition, finding more time in your week to work on some cardio can help you see improved results, even if it’s just one additional hour. Ultimately, don’t get discouraged; stay on a forward moving trajectory. When you make progress consistently, even if it’s just a little at a time, you’ll feel more motivated to stick to your goals and not give up or take steps backwards.
Eliminate the Unhealthy Foods That You Can Easily Do Without
Losing weight doesn’t mean sacrificing everything that you love to eat, but you should identify some of the things that are a fixed part of your diet that you won’t ultimately miss. For example, fast food from places that serve poorly made and highly processed foods aren’t any type of great cuisine by anyone’s standards. Moreover, a lot of fast food corporations don’t follow environmentally reasonable practices and don’t treat animals humanely. If you were regularly making trips to the big name fast food places, you probably won’t miss them much. Also, sugary sodas that offer only empty calories should be a relatively easy thing to give up. Your thirst is better quenched with water, and there are lots of great and all-naturally flavored low or no calorie alternatives that offer some sweetness.
Get Strong at Home
Going to the gym several times a week can seem like a daunting undertaking. If you have a busy lifestyle or you simply don’t like the environment of the gym, you may be better off pursuing your fitness goals at home. Try an exercise routine in which you can use your own bodyweight to help build strength and endurance. You can also get some simple equipment to use at home like resistance bands or dumbbells.
Make Health a Priority
You should make health a priority because of how it will make you feel physically rather than how it will make you look. When you’re not bogged down by excess body weight, your entire body will feel better. You’ll have less aches and pains, your digestion will be better, and you’ll have enhanced mobility. When you feel better physically, you’ll feel like the best version of yourself. While it’s certainly okay to care about how you look, the primary reason that you should strive to embrace a healthy lifestyle is for the physical benefit. You deserve to feel great, and when you do, you’ll feel better and more confident about your body.
Don’t fall victim to unreasonable expectations, silly fashions, or bad dietary choices that can rob you of confidence. Knowing that you’re doing what you can to stay healthy will make you more confident about your body while helping you look fit and healthy.