This post has been contributed by Laura.
Summer might seem like a long way away, but it always seems to creep up on us when we least expect it. The days are already getting lighter. There’s no better time to start getting your summer body than now! No need for fad diets or ridiculous amounts of exercise. If you start now, you can coast into summer and feel confident in your bikini. Here’s what to do!
Change Your Diet
Take a look at your diet and see if there is any way you can change it for the better. You should be filling your diet full of natural, whole foods to get the best summer body. Eating 200 calories of vegetables is so much better than eating 200 calories of chocolate, and you’ll feel fuller for longer. Learn how to use nutritional labels and opt for fresh food over prepackaged. Instead of drinking calorific drinks, opt for water and green tea too.
Find Ways to Get Active
Getting active is important if you want a summer body too. Even if it’s something like taking the stairs rather than the lift, it’ll all add up. Getting in some regular exercise about 3-4 times a week is a good idea. You could play a sport with a friend, swim, or lift weights. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it. Your exercise routine should be vary to make the most difference to your body. Make sure you’re not putting too much emphasis on cardio either. It might help you to lose weight, but it won’t shape your body the way you want it.
Start Taking the Right Supplements
Taking supplements is the third step you can take when going after that summer body. Providing you’ve got your diet right and you’re getting plenty of exercise, you can incorporate supplements to help you achieve your goals. Just don’t expect supplements to do all of the work for you. They’ll enhance your results, but they won’t be solely responsible for them. You can even look into nutritional cleansing with certain supplements to help aid your fat loss.
Allow Treats in Moderation
Now, cutting out treats completely would probably lead to bingeing. So you definitely shouldn’t do that. You should allow yourself one or two small cheat meals per week - emphasis on small! Don’t go OTT or eat until you feel so stuffed that you have to undo your jeans. Simply look forward to this meal at the end of a week when you’ve worked hard. It’ll keep you going and it’ll also give your metabolism a little kick too.
Monitor Your Progress Properly
To get an accurate idea of how you’re doing, you need to monitor your progress properly. You don’t want to just weigh yourself, as that’s inaccurate. Instead, measure yourself and take pictures too. This will keep you going when you think you aren’t making progress!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so the key is to avoid rushing this process. The longer you give yourself, the less pressure you’ll feel. Then it’s a case of maintaining your results. You can’t just go back to how you were before!
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