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It’s finally officially summer! While that means beach time and ice cream, it can also mean more anxiety and self-consciousness because our bodies are more revealed in the heat. I know a lot of girls worry about their bodies not measuring up to others’ and some go to drastic measures to lose as much weight as they can.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about losing weight. Here are a few good tips to help you lose any weight you desire in a safe, healthy way.

1. Drink more water. Sometimes, we eat because we think we’re hungry but in actuality we’re thirsty. Also, the more water you drink, the less likely it is that you’ll hold on to water weight and get bloated. That sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Our bodies hold on to water when they’re dehydrated, even if it’s “only a little” dehydrated. If you drink enough water and are hydrated, your body will stop holding onto extra water weight, and you’ll feel better as well as your body runs better. (Don’t drink too much water, though. If your urine is clear, that means that you’re drinking too much water and you need to cut back.)

2. Find a physical activity you enjoy doing. This is hard for some of us, because if you don’t like running, walking, or the machines at the gym, you might feel a little defeated. But there are so many other kinds of activities out there. Maybe try skating, either roller or ice. If that’s not your thing, try a dance class. There are so many types of dance, and they all give you a good workout. Belly dance, tap dance, hip hop, or ballet — it doesn’t matter what kind you’re doing, as long as you’re moving your body.

3. Swap sweets and junk food for healthier foods. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating everything fun. You can still indulge in that Ben and Jerry’s pint that’s in your freezer. But maybe try swapping out potato chips for vegetable sticks or a couple handfuls of nuts. A chocolate bar could be replaced by some apple slices. Try substituting these healthier choices once or twice a week, and you might see a difference.

4. Stop eating because you are bored. If you’re not sure if you’re truly hungry, try focusing on another activity — whether that’s writing, reading, drawing, whatever — and see if the hunger goes away. So many of us sit in front of the television and eat way too much as we’re zoned out, trying to entertain ourselves. Try doing nothing else while you eat, and you might find that you’re eating too much because you’re trying to distract yourself.

The biggest thing to remember when trying to lose weight is that you should never decide how much you’re worth based on how much you weigh. You’re beautiful now, and if you lose weight, you’ll be beautiful then, but even if you don’t, you’ll still be beautiful. As cliche as it sounds, it really does matter what’s on the inside, not the outside.

(Picture from usamasalman at DeviantArt)

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