6 Ways to "Rest and Digest" To Lose Effortlessly
By Jared McDonald 
Have you ever gone to the gym and watched people? It's crazy! 

I used to be one of those people! 

People spend so much time killing themselves trying to obtain their ideal body with exercise: running and running on the treadmill, cycling classes, weight training, pilates, and everything else TRYING to get rid of it. 

I applaud those people for trying to healthy! And I 100% support exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle and long term results. It has so many benefits. 

But I am sad for those people who are actively trying to lose and pushing themselves so hard with exercise. 

Why am I so sad for them? Because for most, it’s probably making things worse!

Yeah I said it. 

Exercise may not actually be helping you get rid of the belly fat and may be causing you to store it.

To keep this simple as far as why that is… it’s because if your body is stressed, then it goes into a fight or flight mode. When your in fight or flight mode your brain says, “I am going to conserve as much energy as I can so that I can keep running for as long as I can.” 

It does this because it thinks there is a threat!

So if you are running or pushing your body to the limit, sweating it out, and afterwards you feel accomplished because you worked hard at the gym, well you brain may be doing the opposite. It may be saying, conserve more, store more fat, so we can survive because we need to keep running. 

So what do we need to do then? 

We need to relax!

Here’s 6 ways to help you relax, get into rest and digest, so you can actually lose. 

1. Breathe

Yeah I know... cliche. But seriously it helps. When you focus on breathing or meditating it does some amazing things for you. There are many ways to mediate and practice breathing but one that is simple, fast and you can do it anywhere.. and it change your nervous sysmtem from fight or flight, to rest and digest is to breath in for half as long as you breathe out. Example: Breath in for 2 seconds, breath out for 4.  

Get in the habit of doing this every morning, every night, and especially everytime you feel stressed, overwhelmed, burdened, angry etc.

2. Get outside

Getting outside is a great way to relax. Now that doesn’t mean you have to go for a labrous hike or go camping or anything like that. If you're into that great, gor for it. But even getting outside for a few minutes, walking around a little, or just sitting in the sun is a great way to take your mind off things. 

I purposely take breaks every hour or 1.5 hours and get up from my desk and go outside and walk around for 5-15 minutes. It’s also great way to not stay sitting all day, which if you sit all day you are at a much higher risk of obesity, cancer and almost every other condition out there. Also take your shoes off, it’s even better! 

3. Take time for yourself 

It’s important to take time for yourself and take care of yourself. Plan a trip for yourself or you and your spouse, even if it’s just overnight. Get a babysitter for an evening and do something fun. Read a book, go fishing, get a massage, whatever! 

4. Spend time with friends and family

Having a sense of support and community in some studies has shown greater impacts on health than even not smoking or exercise. Seriously amazing! So plan to have some friends over for dinner. Get a support team around you. Get an accountability partner. Go out of your way to smile and talk to someone at the grocery store. Let’s get back to being human!

5. Connect with your higher power

Whether you believe in God, Allah, the universe, infinite intelligence etc. you need to have something to believe in. Studies shows that people who have some religion in their life have more purpose and are happier. 

6. Serve somebody 

I find when I am the most unhappy and stressed I am thinking only about myself and whay I want. But when I am thinking of others and serving them I am happier, even if I am uncomfortable. Martin Seligman defines the meaningful life as knowing what your highest strengths are and “using your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are.” That thing much larger than you could be a higher power, a family, a group, a person, the greater good of society, your children, or anything else.

So seek ways to serve everyday. Even if it is that smile and conversation at a grocery store, unloading the dishwasher for your spouse, paying for someone’s dinner as you leave the restaurant, make dinner for your neighbor, go talk to you neighbor, or hug your kids

Comment below what you do to “rest and digest” 

I'm Jared, 

I used to be overweight and have had type 1 diabetes for almost 30 years. 5 years ago I lost weight, have kept it off, decreased my insulin by 3/4 and now rule my life, rather than letting my health, foods, and disease rule my life. I have coached 100's of people to healthier living and now dedicate my life to helping others break free from the chains of poor health and live the life they were meant to live.

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