We all have that one friend who can eat whatever they want and never gain weight.
Their flat stomach selfies are all over Instagram interspersed between burger snaps. Meanwhile you're crying into a bowl of porridge asking yourself - 'how do they do it?!'
But it's not just eating habits that make you healthy. We look into the top habits of healthy people to find the secret to a better lifestyle. Here's what they're doing differently to you.
1. THEY EAT WHAT THEY WANT
Weird, slightly annoying, but completely true.
Numerous studies have shown when we ban ourselves from certain foods, it makes us crave them more. Instead, healthy people opt for a more mindful approach. Intuitive eating came about when nutritionists Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole noticed that eating what we want actually works. But don't go spending all your 2 for 1 Big Mac coupons at once...there's a knack to this process.
The idea is that when we are mindful of what we put in our mouths we truly nourish ourselves in the right way. So if we eat a chocolate bar, that's okay. But if we really tune in with our body we'll realise that we've eaten enough sugars and fats so our next meal will probably be more balanced. This flips the way we traditionally eat on its head. We've all been guilty of treating ourselves to one biscuit with a cuppa and thinking 'oh sod it - I've broken my diet now, might as well eat the whole pack'.
But next time you reach for the full pack of hobnobs, grab one or two and remember a little of what you fancy does you good.
2. THEY KEEP THEIR KITCHEN CLEAN
Have you ever been at your super healthy pal's house and admired the cleanliness of their kitchen? Well, studies have proven that the less clutter there is in your kitchen, the better you'll eat. A 2016 Cornell study found that in a messy kitchen women eat twice as many cookies than those in a tidy one.
Now I know what you're thinking - 'all I have to do to keep healthy is clean my kitchen?!' Kind of. But again, it goes back to point number one. When we feel relaxed and mindful, we make healthier food choice because we can tune in to what our bodies actually want. So ditch the kitchen chaos and make sure you're eating in a space that's tidy before you reach for the hobnobs.
3. THEY AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA COMPARISONS
Social media is a really powerful tool and can do amazing things. But on the flip side, when we compare ourselves to other people on social media platforms it can be really damaging.
One thing that people with a healthy mind-set have in common is that they don't spend too much time obsessing over other people's lives on social media. It's just not healthy. Rather, they utilise social media to reach their networking and business goals. If you want to learn how to make the most of social media, then take a look at our social media courses or find out how to stand out on LinkedIn.
4. THEY HAVE GOALS OUTSIDE OF FITNESS
Healthy people care about their fitness - that's obvious. But, they also focus on the other stuff that really matters. Being healthy means having a good balance between your work, family and social life too.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of the healthiest people around, you need to set goals outside of just losing some lbs. Maybe you want to run a marathon to raise money for charity or perhaps your goals are more focused around your social life. The health benefits of socialising are vast - people with an active social life feel less depressed and lead mentally healthier lives. All the more reason to crack open a cold one with the boys, or gals.
5. THEY INVEST IN THEMSELVES
Healthy people know that being selfish is good for you and they're not afraid to invest in themselves.
Whatever their goals, they invest in themselves to make sure they get there. For some, that means investing in a gym membership and for others it could mean putting in the hours to smash an online course. Healthy people value their physical and mental wellbeing and therefore they commit to positive changes in their life - realising that some changes have more value than the money we spend on them.