If you’re most people, you’d probably be exhilarated at the thought of summer, basking under the sun in a hot bikini, an ice cold drink in one hand and a book in the other. While you can’t wait to become gorgeously tanned in the hot weather, you may also feel daunted by the thought of showing more skin while you’ve packed some belly pooch over the winter. Now, more than ever, you need to seriously think about getting fit for summer.
Getting fit not only means shedding those extra few pounds in order to fit into a flattering bikini; it also means becoming healthy and more confident to face any physical challenges of the season like swimming, volleyball and doing the limbo.
So, how do you get fit for summer? Here are ten tips to get you geared for the season.
1. Set clear goals.
At the start of your weight loss plan, make sure to set goals that will guide you on the things you need to do for getting summer-ready. Set short-term and long-term goals that will help you decrease body fat and maximize calorie burn.
This is probably one of the hardest parts on the journey to becoming fit. Discipline is the driving force for your success or failure and it is very important for keeping a healthy regimen that will produce visible results.
3. Be vigilant about diet.
Watch what you eat and when you will eat. Always remember important information about your meals and snacks and how they have affected your body weight. Keep a journal to record your diet and your progress.
4. Be consistent.
Experts say that it takes only 21 days to develop a habit. Be consistent with your daily food intake, your exercise routine and the healthy practices related to getting fit. Strive to keep
5. Slow down.
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association had published a study in 2011 about the relationship between the speeds of eating and BMI (body mass indexes). For women who ate faster, their BMI were larger than those who have a habit of eating slowly. It’s not hard to do and can be very satisfying to savor every bite of your meal and enjoy it.
6. Home cooked goodness
Throw something together at home is a great way to become fit. If you prepare your food at home, you can control whatever goes into your food. If you are usually too busy to cook for every meal, you can just double the recipes and keep the rest in the freezer to reheat later.
7. Meal planning
Plan your meals for the entire week so you don’t waste time thinking about what to prepare when you’re already hungry. When you plan ahead, you can also save money on groceries since you will only buy what you need and you are less likely to eat at restaurants or order takeout food.
8. Eat at least every 3 hours.
Many people go on a diet and eat less than the required number of meals or amount of food for the day. But instead of getting leaner, they gain more pounds. The reason? Eating less often stunts your body’s metabolism so that it only burns fat whenever you eat and stops when you don’t. By eating often, three regular meals and two snacks a day, your body continually burns calories throughout the day and prevents you from getting extra hungry, which brings us to the next one.
9. Don’t let yourself go too hungry.
Eat whenever you’re hungry, but don’t wait until you feel ravenous or you’ll find it hard to stop eating.
10. Minimize sugar intake.
Most drinks sold on the market these days contain too much sugar, sodas in particular. Drink water regularly and when you celebrate, choose beer or wine instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.
11. Fruits and vegetables please.
To reduce your calorie intake, opt for more fruits and veggies in your daily diet. They are great for keeping you satisfied without the calories.
12. Reduce your fat intake.
Fatty meats, french fries and mayonnaise are not the only things to watch out for. If you like peanut butter for the healthy fats, fiber and protein, ease up on the serving since it’s very easy to eat too much. The same principle applies for other healthy fatty foods.
11. Eat fiber.
Fiber and weight loss have been correlated in several studies and most of us know that fiber is good for the body in flushing out toxins. But not many of us are aware that fiber makes our body work harder in order to move it out since it cannot be digested. Therefore, we use up more energy and we feel full for longer.
12. Eat real, good food.
Feed your body with the right amount of essential nutrients it needs every day. Any nutrient deficiency can cause your body to crave more food in order to cope. So eat real food instead of prepackaged food, which will only make you feel hungrier.
13. Set reasonable expectations.
To avoid getting disappointed when you don’t see any obvious progress with exercising, dieting and healthy habits, set expectations that are reasonable. Try not too expect visible progress immediately and continue to push for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Focus on the long term results.
14. Do your research
Know which foods provide your body with the best benefits and which ones are not good for you. While eating good food may be a great idea, you should still limit your intake of certain items since taking them in excess may not be good for you.
Have a variety of exercise routines that will target the different parts of your body in order to achieve a balance. Cross-train in bicycling, swimming, walking, running, etc. and get rid of calories gradually.
Workouts for Women
Try any of these workouts that fit your schedule, lifestyle and preference.