Summer may be over but it'll be round again soon!
Are you looking forward to next summer but dreading getting back into your bikini?
Many of us shroud our bodies in multiple layers throughout the winter months and shove thoughts of exposing ourselves to the back of our minds. But Summer is fast approaching. It's time to get rid of those woolly jumpers and dust off those skinny rib t-shirts, bottom skimming shorts and bikinis.
But don't get disappointed with yourself if your feel winter overindulgence has left you not looking your best. You still have plenty of time to get into shape before it's kit off time! And at Getfitter.com we have plenty of ways to help you do it.
If you're feeling up to it, check out our '30 days to a Great Body' tabata workout and uber detox diet plan. The plan is highly effective and will leave your body in a much better shape than a short month earlier. But, even though it only takes thirty days, it does require you to work hard and be fully commitment during that time.
If you're not up for '30 Days to a Great Summer Body', we can still help you shrug off your shrouds with confidence, by following some simple tips.
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Three key factors to weight loss are:
1. A healthy, balanced diet that's right for your metabolic type. (See the CHEK Institute's 'Ancestor Diet' )
2. Cutting out all foods that your body finds toxic or irritating, as excess toxins are stored in the body in stubborn fat and cellulite.
3. Exercising and toning your muscles
You won't get long-term results from missing meals or doing one exercise, like pounding the treadmill, relentlessly. You also won't get results from time saving eating habits like shoving a processed meal into the microwave, because you don't have time to cook fresh.
Make sure that you buy the best quality food you can afford. Ideally that means organic, but we realise that it's expensive. However, if you can afford to, buy it. As the old adage goes, 'We are what we eat' and your cells are literally made up of what you consume.
Make sure that you are also eating enough protein, as protein helps to creates muscle mass. This applies to snacks as well as main meals. It's often all too easy to snack on purely carbohydrates (even fruit are carbs!) as getting hold of protein snacks can be tricky. Plan ahead and take a hard boiled egg or a handful of nuts to work with you.
Also drink plenty of water. Research shows that by drinking water regularly, not only will your skin and body be hydrated but you will also reduce the chances of overeating. We often confuse thirst with hunger and eat when we should be drinking, piling on unnecessary calories.
Toxic foods includes processed foods - that's anything tinned, baked or pre-packed, or anything with numbers or words you've never heard of on the packet - refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and fizzy drinks. It may also include wheat and dairy, (some of us are intolerant to one or both of these.) Cut processed foods, refined foods, caffeine and fizzy drinks out of your diet altogether.
Cut down on alcohol - or eliminate it altogether if you can!
For sustainable weight loss results from exercising you will need to increase your body's muscle mass (we're talking toned, feminine curves here, not muscle man bulk up) and overall metabolic rate, as this increases the amount of calories your body consumes and the amount of fat it burns. This can be done through a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance training, and through surprising your body, by doing exercises that it is not used to.
Wheat and Dairy
Try cutting out wheat and dairy for a week and see how you feel. You can then start adding wheat and dairy back in to your diet one by one, giving your body a couple of days to see how it reacts to each new food item added. If you start to feel bloated or sluggish, chances are that your body is intolerant to that food and you should try to avoid it altogether.If you are bored with your current exercise routine, or feel that it's not getting you the results you want, check out our great online personal training program and get training with Phil Phitt. It may
well be the most effective exercise you ever do!