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Besides looking better, being healthier, reducing your risk of illness and injury and getting fitter, changing your diet and becoming more active is also a fantastic way to boost your body confidence.

One of the most common reasons people decide to embark on a weight loss quest is to boost confidence.

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While we might state that our reasons are to be healthier, live longer, feel fitter or just to feel like we’re not being lazy, many of us actually feel that deep down, we need to improve our confidence.

You walk around in your body every day, so if you’re not happy with the way you look, it’s understandable that that can make you feel self conscious, perhaps a little unhappy, and feeling like you’re stuck in a rut.

This is often the start of a vicious cycle. You feel a bit depressed about the way you look, so turn to food for comfort and avoid the gym, for fear of being looked down on by all the fitter, more experienced gym goers, meaning you gradually put on more weight, and feel even more body conscious.

This isn’t just limited to women either. While we might think that women suffer most, men are just as likely to have body image issues. A portly mid-section, man boobs and skinny muscles can affect a man just as much as bingo wings, a muffin top and saggy thighs can make his female counterpart feel self-conscious.

The good news is, you’ve decided to take action.

By reading this article, you’ve made the hardest, and certainly the most important step in deciding that now is the time to make a change.

While what you look like doesn’t define how you are, our bodies are the first thing that people judge us on. It doesn’t matter how much you think you judge people based on their personalities, all of us immediately form a preliminary opinion of someone based purely on their looks.

So don’t hide yourself away, or fall into the trap of skipping the gym and sticking to your old ways. Boosting your body confidence can be easily achieved. It may seem like a long journey to get where you want to be at the moment, and the world of fitness, exercise, gyms and healthy eating can seem like a scary and confusing one, but the key is to take baby steps.

Once you’ve made a start on your journey, you’ll automatically feel more confident. As you see progress happening, and your body changing for the better, along with improved health, there’s no doubt that your confidence levels will go through the roof and you’ll feel like a brand new, happier person.

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  • “6 Ways to Boost Your Body Confidence”, By Susan Rinkunas, Published on January 11, 2013, Accessed on January 27th, 2013, Retrieved from http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/boost-body-confidence
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