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7 Steps to Shed Body Fat in 6 Months, From Ben Affleck's Trainer

All you have to do is incorporate this into your life daily,” she says. 
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You can completely transform yourself and become unrecognizable in just 6 months, according to a personal trainer and social media influencer. Josefine Holmberg, who has trained a bunch of celebrities, including Ben Affleck, reveals a simple transformation program in one of her latest posts. "All you have to do is incorporate this into your life daily!" she writes. Her are her "simple steps to become unrecognizable in 6 months."

1. Wake Up Early

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Her first suggestion? Wake up early. According to one study, people who wake up early tend to go to bed earlier and enjoy longer, better-quality sleep.

2. Hydrate

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Her second recommendation is to hydrate "with water, salt & electrolytes," she writes. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids. But remember: You are also getting fluids from the food that you eat. Why is hydration crucial? Water helps get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, and helps protect sensitive tissues, says the Mayo Clinic

3. Walk Daily

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"Walk outside daily," says Josefine. The Mayo Clinic endorses regular brisk walking, explaining that it can help you maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat to prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. It can also help improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve muscle endurance, increase energy levels, improve your mood, cognition, memory, and sleep, improve your balance and coordination, strengthen your immune system, and reduce stress and tension.

4. Exercise 4 to 5 Times a Week

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Next up, exercise. Josefine recommends breaking a sweat 4 to 5 times a week. However, the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle-strengthening activity weekly. 

5. Read, Write, and Meditate

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Self-care is also crucial for your transformation, according to Josefine. "Read, write & meditate," she recommends. One Harvard study published in Social Science & Medicine found that people who read books regularly had a 20% lower risk of dying over the next 12 years compared with people who weren't readers or who read periodicals. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of meditation include increased self-awareness, reduced negativity, and improved sleep quality. 

6. 8 Hours of Sleep

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Speaking of sleep, Josefine recommends getting 8 hours of sleep a night. What are the health benefits of sleep? According to the Sleep Foundation, getting enough z's is a mood booster, promotes heart health, regulates blood sugar, improves mental function, restores your immune system, helps relieve stress, and aids in weight loss.

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7. Cut Out Negativity

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Finally, think your way into a happy life. "Cut out negativity," Josefine writes, concluding her seven easy tips for a transformation. 

Bodybuilding Is Her Go-to Method

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Josefine is a personal trainer and stretch therapist. "My unique method includes combining the cutting-edge edge bodybuilding methods and precisely combining it with the 'old school' bodybuilding techniques using different sets and rep ranges to shock the muscles. This not only accelerates results but also helps to make it more enjoyable and psychologically motivating to avoid repetitive stagnation," she told Voyage LA. "I also use a unique combination of weights and resistance bands and loops to give the muscles some variations. Lastly, I always make sure to add in unique rehab/prehab exercises specifically to keep each one of my clients healthy and injury-free."

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Weight Loss Requires an All-Encompassing Approach


According to Josefine, weight loss "starts with your health, but you need to be active and move your body in order to be successful, but doing so can also help you become healthier," she told Status Fitness Magazine. "For a successful weight loss journey, you need to make sure to look at all the aspects such as daily movement, nutrition, water, stress, sleep, gut health, inflammation, etc."

💪🔥Body Booster: Josefine lives by an inspiring mantra. "You only have ONE you, you only have ONE life, so make sure to live your life to the fullest in a body you absolutely love and feel confident in!" she tells Status Fitness Magazine. 

Leah Groth
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