Bikini season is fast approaching and that means that it’s time to strip off those extra pounds gained over the winter months and show off your beach body. To get the body you want, or maintain one that you’re already proud of you don’t need to count every single calorie or forgo your favorite foods in exchange for cabbage. By following a few simple guidelines that you probably already know deep down, but haven’t thought about in a while, you can start eating right and exercising the way that you need to in no time at all.
Skip The Fads
Eating a balanced diet will help you maintain your weight much better than following the newest fad diet. Low carb diets are all the rage these days, and while they may provide some quick weight loss, much of the weight generally returns once you complete the diet and start eating carbs again. Any diet that forces you to eliminate an entire food group, whether it’s fat, carbohydrates, etc., will be hard to stick to in the long run. Better Health Channel says:
These ‘diets’ may provide short-term results, but they are difficult to sustain and, ultimately, they deprive you of the essential nutrients that only balanced eating can offer.
Being able to spot fad diets will help stop you from falling into the hype. Many fad diets are extremely strict and require you to eat certain things at certain times. With all the restrictions, they become difficult to follow. On the other hand, there are plenty of diet plans that will overemphasize a single food, or single food group. Eating a certain food for ten days straight is definitely not sustainable in the long run, and women’s bodies need fats, protein, and carbohydrates to function properly.
Use Interval Cardio Training
While a proper diet may help lose the pounds, doing cardiovascular exercise will accelerate your fat loss. To burn fat, the old way of thinking was that long low-intensity cardio sessions would put you in the “fat burning zone.” These days, many people are turning to high-intensity interval cardio training. Keeping a high intensity cardio workout interspersed with short rest periods will burn off the fat while preserving your muscle. Doing a high intensity cardio session will boost your metabolism for a full 24 hours which in time, will burn more fat than the traditional methods of exercise.
Don’t Be Afraid To Use Weights
Many women skip working out with weights and only do cardio for a number of reasons, some of which are due to the fact that you might just not know how. If you really want to reshape your body, you must train with weights; weight training will sculpt your muscles and give you a sexy, sleek look. Many women are worried that if they train with weights, they will put on too much muscle and become unfeminine; however, this is not the case. John Berardi of bodybuilding.com writes:
First, it is physiologically impossible for you as a woman to put on large amounts of muscle mass; you’re body’s hormonal makeup is not one that will allow you to do so.
Studies have shown that women who train with weights burn more calories over a 24 hour period than women who never train with weights. Having some additional muscle will also increase your metabolic rate, so you burn more calories by doing everyday things.
By using a combination of high-intensity cardio, weight training, and a proper diet, you can build a body that will rival any magazine model. When training hard, you need to ensure that your diet is dialed in to make the best possible changes. Proper protein, carbs and fat will fuel your workouts and give you the beach body you want by the time summer hits.