It’s hardly surprising that exercising more and losing weight top the list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. After all, we’re still several months away from summer, which gives most people enough time to work on getting the perfect beach body.
We know that a proper diet and moving our body can help us get beach-ready. But there are plenty of tips and tricks you should be aware of that can help you feel confident flaunting that swimsuit this summer. Here are six ways you can achieve a beach body this year:
- Ease Back Into an Exercise Routine
If you haven’t worked out for quite some time, take baby steps to gently ease your body back into physical activity. Trying to do a strenuous workout is only going to lead to sore muscles (or injuries) and frustration.
Keep it simple at first: even walking or other physical movement for ten minutes a day is a great start. Or commit to two or three half-hour workouts per week. Once your body gets stronger and you’re used to working out, you can increase your workout length to 45 minutes or add another workout session to your week.
Don’t try to do too much too soon, and don’t forget to warm up and cool down your muscles each time you exercise. This helps prevent soreness.
- Get Enough Sleep
Not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night will make you too tired to stick to regular workouts. But did you also know that it can cause you to gain weight?
Sleep deprivation messes with the hormones that regulate appetite, causing us to crave extra calories to keep our body going through the day. What’s worse is many of us reach for sugary carbs, making the problem worse. If you’ve ever gotten a case of the hungry horrors following a bad night’s sleep, out of whack hormones are to blame.
A full night’s rest is also essential for muscle repair, which takes place during the deep REM stages of sleep. So if you lift weights, your body needs sleep even more. Strive to do what you can to fall asleep on time by meditating, reading, and shutting down mobile devices.
- Curb Your Alcohol Intake
Alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories, which can add up quickly if you like to have a few drinks when you go out or enjoy a meal. A glass of wine contains about 120 calories, while a can of beer packs 150 calories. If you have more than one drink, you’re looking at consuming the same amount of calories in a snack or small meal.
Cocktails pack even more due to their higher sugar content and varied ingredients. The average classic margarita, for example, contains 200 calories—the same amount in a glazed doughnut.
You don’t have to cut out alcohol completely, but if you can curb your consumption and stick to one drink, it will go a long way towards helping you lose weight.
- Eat Enough Protein
If you’re looking to lose weight, you absolutely need to consume protein with each meal. Protein keeps you satisfied for longer, helping you avoid snacking and consuming extra calories. It also gives your metabolism a boost, helping you burn more calories throughout the day—even while you’re asleep.
A diet high in protein is also necessary if you’re looking to build muscle. But to reap the benefits of protein further, make sure you’re choosing lean sources. Examples of lean protein include tuna, eggs, salmon, grass-fed beef, skinless chicken and turkey, tofu, yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, and legumes.
- Cut Out Sugar
Eliminating sugar from your diet can have slimming effects and prevent your blood sugar from spiking and crashing, which can make you hungry and tired. But cutting out sugar isn’t just about removing soda and desserts from your daily meal plan. There’s a lot of sneaky sugar hiding in foods that you wouldn’t think contain the sweet stuff.
Yogurt, condiments, pasta sauces, cereals, fruit juices, energy drinks, and granola bars can all contain way more than the recommended daily intake of sugar. Read the labels when you go food shopping to make sure you’re not loading up on excess sugar. Opt for unflavored foods (such as plain yogurt) that you can add your own sweeteners to, and control how much you’re eating.
- Consider Getting a Fat Removal Procedure
If months of eating a balanced diet and exercise have still left stubborn pockets of fat that won’t budge, consider getting a fat removal treatment. The latest fat removing cosmetic procedures are non-invasive, meaning they don’t require surgery, anesthesia, or recovery time.
Two fat reducing treatments to consider are TruSculpt and CoolSculpting. TruSculpt uses penetrating heat to target and “melt” away fat cells while CoolSculpting uses a cold temperature for the same effects. Learn the pros and cons of TruSculpt vs CoolSculpt to determine which one is right for you.
Keep in mind neither treatment can reduce obesity. The best candidate is someone who has a healthy lifestyle and has lost a lot of weight but needs a little extra help eliminating fat from an area of the body.
Are you now pumped about getting the perfect beach body this year? In addition to following these tips, it’s important not to give up should you overindulge or skip a workout one day. Just get back into your healthy routine and keep working towards your goal of getting your ideal body.
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