The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Work hard, rest hard

This one comes with a caveat: if you’re not working really, really hard (exercise and job-wise) then you don’t get to rest hard. This one’s for the people who are giving it all they’ve got.

Dieting and exercising are both activities that add stress to your already-stressful life. And if you’re doing them both at your full capacity then you really are maxing out your energy reserves. And that’s GREAT! This is how you’ll get amazing results.

The problem with working so hard all the time is that your body doesn’t get a chance to do the maintenance stuff it wants to do, which CAN lead to a sick internal environment, and a body that doesn’t actually look the way you are working for. If you’re expending so much energy most of the time, then you really need to rest properly too.

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So how do you do that? Well, here are a few suggestions.

First, rest can only be achieved when you’re in a place where you’re comfortable, with people who make you feel relaxed. Then, you need to find an activity that’s going to make you happy and contented. This could be anything from taking a bath, to eating a great dinner, or playing a board-game.

The point is that you take a bunch of time to enjoy yourself in a low-stress manner. Do this twice per week, for a couple of hours each time. If you combine that with some good-quality sleep then you’re getting good rest.

Remember, this is not a call to ‘couch-potatodom’. It’s a call to hard-workers to take time to chill a bit. Those are two very different things.

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