Start doing these 4 things NOW to help feel great for this year’s beach season…
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.
Why? 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 bursts of exercise, such as burpees, walking lunges, or sprint and rest intervals.
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.
Why? 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 more confident on the beach.
4. Eat low Carbs (after 4pm): One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist before the warm weather hits is to eat "low carb" after 4:00pm each day. 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 handful of berries instead!
Why? Too many carbs can increase sugar in the blood and make it difficult for your body to digest, which can also affect your ability to sleep.