Spring Break is getting closer and closer and there are some of us that are not even close to the perfect beach bod! *GASP* What do we do!? Pull yourself together, everything is going to be alright. I’ve rounded up some of the best food and drink tips to get you there faster, but first, just a little advice.
It’s always important to keep a positive attitude while in the process of it all. Don’t look down at your love handles, and don’t whimper when you see your out-of-tone booty in the mirror, because that is all going to change. Food (diet) is 40% of it all. I’m not suggesting going on a diet, as I have found that diets are pointless. You need to make a commitment to a lifestyle to find long-term success, not a one-off craze. It’s okay to splurge every once in a while, but it’s smart to watch your food for your overall health, not just weight.
Here are some do’s, don’t, and common myths that will help you win big in the gym:
Whoever told you that carbohydrates make you fat is a BIG FAT liar. Your body needs them for energy. You should turn to high fiber carbohydrates like, veggies, fruits, and whole grains, which will make you feel fuller. You will end up eating less and it is a great way to control weight.
Do NOT skip a meal. You need to eat hearty meals. Many people think by skipping breakfast it will help them lose weight. FALSE. You know why? When mid day rolls around, your body is going to force you to over eat because you’ve been depriving yourself all day. Eating low-fat yogurt with granola is not going to make you gain a ton of weight overnight, so make sure to eat, please.
If you’re dedicated to getting that beach bod, then you will be willing to write all that you eat into a handy-dandy food journal. This doesn’t have to be a literal journal, you can download apps or keep a notebook near you. Planning meals is more fun than it sounds and it also keeps you accountable for what goes into your mouth.Do’s and Don’ts for
Be realistic with how much you are going to lose. Some people think that under a short amount of time, they will be a Victoria’s Secret model. I’m sorry to bust your bubble, but those women’s bodies are one in a million! Even with tons of squats at the gym and push ups, it will take longer than a month to get where they are. Aim for a goal that makes sense with your body and the time you have to dedicate to the gym.
Working out hard vs. working out smart is dramatically different. Some may think that doing tons of cardio is the secret to it all, but in fact it’s not. Reason: cardio burns tons of calories and when you do this, you’re going to eat more to make up for those “missing” calories. Instead, you can try focusing on strength training, which helps you build lean muscle mass. This will help you lose more weight in the long run. Impressed yet?
Getting yourself motivated is one of the hardest parts about working out, but don’t give up! Baby steps are okay to take when trying to get into shape. Remember, it’s not easy. If it was, then everyone would look like a supermodel. Challenge yourself and set realistic goals. When you are realistic with yourself, you will start to see results and you will be super happy when you do. The beach bod is attainable and you have all the skills to get there. Grab yourself a workout buddy and get started!
You see, getting a beach bod is not as hard as it seems. Staying positive is the key to success well, with anything. Keep working hard, because as yoda says, “do or do not. There is no try.” Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and get that sexy bod you’ve always wanted. So, quit stressin’ or you’re going to give yourself zits, read this and you will be just fine.
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