You can take definite steps that will move you in the direction of reaching your goals of feeling better, losing weight and improving your health. Experts do agree on some points like eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep, despite conflict on other points. Let's look more closely at some of the most important ways you can start looking and feeling your best.

Stress is one of the most important things that you need to overcome if you want to have better health. Research shows that stress has a detrimental effect on both your emotional as well as your physical health. It's difficult to feel good every day when you're tense and anxious all the time. Stress can be fought in any number of ways but before you can begin you need to actually acknowledge that you are having trouble.

If you are very stressed out you should think about seeing a counselor. There are many self help techniques like finding inspirational literature, self hypnosis and even deep breathing exercises that can help you deal with your stress. Remember: stress isn't just uncomfortable or irritating; it is also, sometimes, deadly. Not too long ago the health experts were telling everyone to eat less fat, however the better advice these days is to eat healthy fats and not unhealthy ones. The fats found in fast foods, convenience foods and deep fried foods are unhealthy, which is what you'd expect. Healthy fats are found in many oils, such as olive, coconut, flaxseed and fish oils. You can use these in your everyday cooking, or take them as a supplement. Other sources of healthy fats include many kinds of nuts, pumpkin seeds and avocados. It's okay to eat the fats found in animal products, like dairy and organic meat, so long as they're not eaten in excess. Try not to consume any trans fats, like hydrogenated oils.

Lots of people have a hard time staying away from junk food and unhealthy snacks even though they know that those things get in the way of reaching healthful goals. It's easy to justify a serving of soda, french fries or a single piece of candy but over time all of those things add up. Fast foods and snacks are cheap and convenient but they are terrible for your long term health.

If you are accustomed to eating junk foods, do not try to quit eating all of them all at once. You should, instead, start slowly subbing in fruit, veggies, nuts, trail mix, etc for candy, chocolate, starchy snacks and salty snacks. Think of healthier eating as something that you are going to do for the rest of your life that you can begin working on today.

Many of the actions you can take to get healthier will start paying dividends quite quickly. Exercise, for example, can start giving you more energy soon after you begin your new program. If you eat healthier and lose a little weight this can prevent mood swings and you will feel a lot better. These are just some of the reasons why it makes sense to start making healthier choices right away.

Megan Fox