The season for countless beach days has rolled around and with that comes the annual dreams of the perfect summer body. Look no further, we've compiled 8 of the best ways to help you achieve your goal this summer.
1. Drink some water, then some more water, then some more.
Drinking water promotes proper digestion and prevents bloating. Research also shows that drinking 2 glasses of water before meals can actually make you feel fuller, leading you to eat less.
2. Eat at least every 3 hours.
Although many people shut themselves away off food in order to lose weight, doing so could actually have the reverse effect. If you go for more than 3 hours without giving your body some sort of nourishment, it goes into "starvation mode." This means your body starts to store fat and burn muscle, slowing down your metabolism and preparing your body for a period of hunger. This is the exact opposite of what you need for that summer body: a fast metabolism. So always carry a small, healthy snack in your bag such as trail mix, and do not skip meals.
3. But stop eating at least 3 hours before going to bed.
Studies show that calories of food consumed late at night get stored as fat rather than burned as energy. Cutting back on late night snacks is an easy way to cut back on those extra pounds. Going off of this, in general, don't have a heavy meal for dinner: the body digests more slowly at night, so someone who eats their largest meals at night loses less weight compared to someone who eats their largest meals earlier on.
4. Instead of stressing about eating fewer carbs and fats, simply focus on eating more vegetables.
Slowly changing your diet is much easier than completely cutting yourself off from your favorite pasta or pizza. So don't forget to treat yourself every now and then but try making more trips to Sweetgreen or The Sycamore Kitchen. If you're more into baby steps: ask for more vegetables in your favorite dish. Greens can be yummy, too!
5. Have fruit for dessert.
Fruits will fill you up with the nutrients you need and the fiber to keep you full. They're yummy, and will leave you feeling better than that tub of ice cream.
6. Always eat as if you're on a first date.
How would you eat if you were on a first date? Definitely not super fast with spit and food flying all over the place. It takes time for your brain to register that you're no longer hungry, so eat slowly, and if you're craving seconds, wait 15 minutes and ask yourself if you are truly still hungry.
7. Do high-intensity workouts.
Working out at a consistent level for a long period of time might seem more effective, but breaks are actually very effective. Alternating between periods of high-intensity exercises like burpees or squat jumps and short recovery periods helps you burn more body fat. In fact, you'll hear a lot of trainers say that with this workout, you're still burning fat even after the workout session.
8. Change your chair.
Sitting at a desk has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and premature death. However, we all know that it's difficult to stand up and get blood circulation flowing when we're in the groove of our work. Beverly Hills Chairs has the solution for you with the Lorell Sit to Stand Riser; with gas springs that make it extremely convenient to switch between sitting and standing, walking away from your desk has never been made easier. Brief periods of walking (take a lap around the office) can add up to make a huge difference, and with the right chair, you'll have just the right amount of motivation.
Incorporate these simple 8 steps into your lifestyle, and you're one step closer to that summer body.