When summer comes around we’re all faced with the hard question, can I fit into my swim suit? If you’re looking for an easier way to lose weight that doesn’t involve starving yourself and hitting the gym as much, follow these tips. Here’s 10 Easy Ways to Shape up for Summer.
Probiotics found in yogurt can help you lose weight as it balances the bacteria in your digestive system. So kick off your day right by having a bowl of non-fat Bulgarian or Greek yogurt with some fresh fruit, nuts or a nutrition bar.
2. Daily stroll
Walking at a brisk pace is actually a better use of your workout time than jogging. During a fast walk, your muscles are working harder to push you forward and still keep you on the ground. So start out by sparing 21 minutes of walking a day to lose weight.
Exercise is one of the best ways to shape up. A combination of, cleans, squats, bench presses and deadlifts gives you an entire body workout. Start with a number of reps for each exercise and then moving onto the next without a rest. Then rest for 1 to 2 minutes before repeating the circuit 2 or 3 more times.
Water itself doesn’t cause weight loss, but it can actually help you to lose some. Sometimes thirst can be confused with hunger, causing you to overeat. Make sure to have a glass of water before devouring a snack, then see if you’re still hungry after 30 minutes.
5. Smaller Portions
Portion control doesn’t mean you have to carry around measuring cups or to constantly look up calories. The logic is if you consume fewer calories than your burning you’ll lose weight. So start out by serving your food on a smaller plate then just eat what’s on the plate.
Yes, it’s true, being short on sleep can actually affect your weight. Without a good night’s rest you’re likely to be too tired to cook dinner, do exercise and you’ll drink more coffee and energy drinks. So try and get in an extra half an hour of sleep than you normally would.
7. White Grains
White grains such as white pasta, bread and rice can prevent you from getting that bikini body. You’re body absorbs refined grains quicker leaving you hungry for more. Instead go for whole wheat grain such as brown rice and whole wheat breads and pastas.
8. Staying upright
Normally you can’t cheat your way to a slimmer body, but you can make it seem like you have. Good posture burns more calories as it trains your abs to stay engaged. Practice by pulling your tummy in towards your back, almost as if you were bracing for a punch in the gut. Hold it for 30 seconds and then release.
9. Liquid Gold
Extra virgin olive oil is the way to go to easily lose weight. This is because it’s full of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which helps your body break down stored fat. Substitute it for salad dressing or dunk your bread into it.
10. Look, a distraction!
Cravings are normally associated with being bored, lasting around 10 minutes. Distract yourself by doing stretches to help keep you mind elsewhere. You can also go on Facebook, chat with a friend on BBM, do some online shopping, anything that will get your mind off of it.
Getting bikini ready doesn’t need to be an impossible task, just by following these tips you’ll be able to show off that slim body during beach season