Spring break has come and gone and summer now looms on the horizon…and with it that dreaded moment when you’ll find yourself shopping for a bathing suit. Don’t fret, if you act now there’s still time to tighten up before hitting the beach.
Do these 5 things NOW to quickly get yourself into swimsuit shape…
1. Eat more Veggies: Your mom was right, eating vegetables really is a good idea, especially when preparing to shimmy into a bathing suit. Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, which means that you’re filling up without packing on pounds. Second, the vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables nourish your body and cut down on cravings.
2. Add five Minutes: Each week, between now and your beach debut, I want you to add 5 minutes to your workouts. Just five more minutes. The slight increase from week to week will hardly be noticeable, but the extra fat burn will pay off nicely. Use these extra five minutes to do intense burst of exercise, such as burpees, squat jumps and walking lunges.
3. Double up on Water: Not only will staying extra hydrated help your skin to have a healthy glow, it will also speed up your fat loss efforts. Most of us are walking around in a state of chronic dehydration, which contributes to fatigue, stubborn weight gain and constipation. By drinking more water throughout the day, and by limiting your intake of caffeinated beverages, you’ll become healthier, more radiant, and sexier in that bikini.
4. Watch your Carbs (after 4pm): One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist before the warm weather hits is to watch your carbs after 4pm each day. It’s important to make sure you are balancing your protein, fats and carbs, but you can see results quickly if you watch your carbs especially in the afternoon. This means eating dinners that are centered around salads and vegetables rather than breads and pastas. If you simply must have your oatmeal or whole grain bread each day, then eat it for breakfast or lunch and give low carb dinners a try. Don’t forget that sugar counts as carbs, so skip that sugary dessert and try a grapefruit for dessert.
5. Train with Us: If you’re not yet one of our clients, then now is the time. We’d love to get you into beach season shape, and to give you the foundation that will keep you lean and healthy for life. Call or email today and we will get you started this week on an exercise program that will get you back in control of your body.
Michael Romig – BS, CN, FMS, YFS, PES, CES & RES
Here’s a nutritious way to enjoy some crunchy, tasty chips. By thinly slicing and baking vegetables, you’re able to get your chip fix without tanking your fitness results. Make a large batch on the weekend and portion your veggie chips out into ziplock bags for the week.
Servings: 4 Here’s what you need:
- 2 lbs of root vegetables, thinly sliced (sweet potato, parsnips, beets or carrots)
- Sea salt
- Cajun spice
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Thinly slice the root vegetables with a mandoline slicer, to 1/8 inch thickness. Toss the sliced veggies with a sprinkle of sea salt and Cajun spice.
- Spread the sliced veggies over the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, or until crispy. Enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 139 calories, 0g fat, 287mg sodium, 22g carbs, 8g fiber, and 3g protein