Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original 3 films, has returned to the big screen in the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hamill recently revealed that he lost 50 lbs so that he could properly portray the hero. To accomplish his goal Hamill made some lifestyle changes, including a new diet and plenty of exercise.

Though Hamill isn’t fishing for praise (stating that makes him feel like he looked “dreadful” before) his accomplishment is still noteworthy. Swapping his former snacks of bagels and potato chips for fruit and veggies wasn’t easy, but his hard work certainly paid off. At 64 years old this actor looks phenomenal, and shows that you are never too old to get your health back on track.

Though actors like Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) lost the weight primarily for their reprised roles their trimmer silhouettes offer a bounty of health benefits.

Not all foods are equal. By improving your diet and choosing “good” food over “bad”food (think Light side over Dark side) you give your body the right fuel to keep you going. Foods like sugar and carbohydrates provide the body with quick, easily accessible energy. This means your body burns through these calories quickly, leaving you hungry. Foods such as vegetables and lean protein are much heartier, and take your body longer to process. This leaves you feeling full longer so you are less tempted to eat more food than you really need.

Portion size is also very important. The average man needs between 2000 to 3000 calories per day, depending on how sedentary his lifestyle is and a variety of other factors. The average woman needs between 1500 and 2000 calories per day, depending on how sedentary her lifestyle is and a variety of other factors. When you eat more than your body actually needs the excess calories are converted into fat and stored. This was beneficial when we were still living in hunter-gatherer societies where we experienced times of scarcity, but has become a detriment to modern societies.

Fat is burned through exercise, which also builds muscle. Though your scale can be a helpful tool you should not rely on it alone since muscle weighs more than fat. If you exercise and burn off fat while building muscle your overall weight could actually go up, even though you are slimmer and healthier.

To help stay on track and provide the necessary encouragement and motivation many individuals turn to personal trainers like the ones at DreamBody. DreamBody nutrition and fitness experts will assess your individual needs and create a custom exercise and diet plan that works for you so you can achieve your weight loss goals

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