If you didn’t manage to stick to your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, now that spring has sprung, and summer is on the horizon, it could be the perfect time to have another go at getting in shape.
If you want to look good in time for bikini season and improve your overall health, here are some suggestions that should help you along the way:
Set a Goal That Isn’t About Weight
Have you ever started a weight loss regime only to give up when the scales haven’t shown you a big enough loss? If, so you might want to set a goal that doesn’t include a number on the scales. Instead, make a goal to walk 20 kilometers every weekend or to eat homemade meals that are at least 50 percent vegetables – think of something that is healthy, achievable and not about your weight. By doing this, you’ll stop fussing about how heavy you are, you’ll achieve your goals, and you’ll be less likely to quit when the number on the scales doesn’t match the amount of effort you’ve put in.
Find a Regime that Works for You
People are all different. Just because your cousin lost weight by cutting out carbs and swimming every day, doesn’t mean that’s what you should do. You need to find an activity you enjoy and a way of eating healthily that is sustainable. That might not be the same as someone else’s regime, but if it works for you, that is all that matters.
Break Insulin Resistance
When the body is insulin resistant, it is more likely to store fat, particularly around the midsection. Read this Golo Diet review to find out more about the effect of insulin and to find out what you can do break insulin resistance, ditch the belly fat and feel healthier than you have in a long time.
There’s no denying that lots of cardio exercise will help you to melt fat, but if you want the perfect bikini body, losing weight is only half of the equation – you also want to tone up. Read this guide to lifting weights for women, to see just how important it is to building the kind of lean muscle that keeps you looking fit, healthy and toned.
With only a few months until summer, it is important that you don’t slip into complacency. If you want to see the best results, you need to be constantly challenging yourself. Push yourself to run further than you did last week, try newer more intense exercises and add more weight to your lifts, and you’ll look more amazing than ever this summer.
That being said, it is important that you do what you can to avoid any injuries. If you push yourself too far past your limits, there is a very good chance that you will sustain an injury and that will set your progress back. Always stretch before and cool down after exercise, and if anything starts to feel too uncomfortable, stop immediately. If you are new to a particular form of exercise, it is never a bad idea to get advice from someone in the know, especially if you are weight training.
Write it Down
A lot of women have great success in sticking to their diets by keeping a food journal. The simple act of writing down everything you eat can be a powerful motivator to keep you on track and stop you from succumbing to all those tempting snacks at the store. All you have to do is note down every single thing that passed through your lips in a notebook. Review this at least once a week to see what you’re doing right and how your diet could be improved, and you’ll soon be eating optimally.
Cut Down on Carbs
Unrefined carbs are a healthy source of energy, so there is no need to cut carbs out of your diet completely, but if you’re struggling to lose weight, it could be worth lowering the amount of carbs you eat. Replace your rice and potatoes with more fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds and ensure you get a healthy amount of protein each day, and the pounds will soon be dropping off.
If you try to do as many of the things in this post, and you do them consistently from now until summer, there is no way you won’t be able to bear your body on the beach with pride, but more importantly, you will have cut your risk or type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other weight-related illnesses significantly.
How do you get in shape for summer?