It’s time to start prepping for warm days, strappy sundresses, and, dare we say it, summertime. While the idea of shedding the winter weight might seem daunting, there are some tips that will help you get the beach body you want this year.
If you're trying to slim down, consume the majority of your calories before 3 p.m. People who eat their biggest meals early in the day shed more weight than those who eat the same number of calories later on in the day. Our best advice is to keep your dinners light and don't let lunch get pushed back into the late afternoon.
Drink more water: From keeping you hydrated to improving your skin, water comes with many health benefits. Ice-cold H2O will help you boost your metabolism, as well as burn more calories.
Add some intervals: Add some high intensity intervals to your cardio training routine. Studies have shown that these are far more effective in terms of burning body fat than puttering along for a longer duration, but at an easier pace.
You can get the mind-body benefits of yoga without even rolling out a mat: Just work some poses and pauses into your morning grind. Do some shoulder openers in the shower while shampooing, blow-dry your hair upside down to stretch out your hamstrings, and lunge into a Warrior III pose while making your bed. The more you find time to fit in, the better; stress causes your body to hold onto more fat, so devoting your mornings to erasing any anxiety can help your weight-loss efforts in the long run.
Add in some squats: If you aren't currently doing squats in your exercise routine, now is the time to start. If there is a single weight training exercise that is going to improve your lower physique, this is it. It will help lift your bum while also toning your thighs. The fact that it's so intense in nature and will make it a terrific calorie burner; you really can't go wrong.
Make sure you are getting enough essential fats: Getting a good intake of essential fatty acids is extremely important if you are looking to lose body fat. You should aim for about 6 grams per day, either in supplemental or food form. Since most people do not consume this much strictly from food alone, most will opt to use a supplement.
Give yourself a small treat: You may be tempted to put anything that isn't 100% clean on the 'off-limits' list in your efforts to lose weight as quickly as possible. While it's great to have this motivation, it may not be the best method. You might be able to avoid all temptation for a good week or two, but after that, most people will find it harder and harder to say no. Rather than letting it get to this point, simply allow yourself a single, small piece of chocolate or half a scoop of your favorite ice cream each day. Those 20-50 calories won't amount to a whole lot of damage to your diet and could really help you stick with it for the long haul.
LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Baez
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