It is never too late – or too early – to start sculpting your ideal bikini body. After all, summer comes to us each year, which means that there is always some room for improvements. If you are struggling to get there for some time, there is probably something you are doing wrong. Don’t worry, though – it happens to all of us. Human physique is complicated, and it needs to be observed from several different angles in order to reach the correct answer.
To get your dream beach body, you will have to mind your diet, fitness and, of course, your motivation.
Balance Your Diet
The rule of thumb is that weight loss is consisted of 70 percent diet and 30 percent exercise, so it is important not to overlook this aspect. There are several changes you should make in order to start losing weight. First, you have to ditch the bad habits. Yes, that means no potato chips, no chicken nuggets, no carbonated beverages, and most definitely no candy bars. Instead, base your diet on fruits, vegetables, nuts, healthy protein packed meat (chicken breast, beef, fish, turkey, etc.) and the ever popular smoothies.
Also, you should consume most of your daily calories before 3 p.m., and stick to light snacks after. Keep in mind, though, that you should have a post-workout recovery meal or drink.
Have an Exercise Plan and Stick to It
Proper diet can only get you so far – you have to work hard for those 30 percent we’ve mentioned. A successful workout program will require devotion, tracking and progression. Keeping tabs will help you make progress. At first, measure not only your weight, but also your muscle strength and endurance, and make it your goal to beat the numbers. It is best to have a tailored program based on your specific needs (cardio + strength training), but high-intensity interval trainings are always efficient.
It is always easier to motivate yourself to work out when you are fully prepared. So put on your best gym shoes, wear tights that make you feel sexy and ready for challenges, and commit to burning those calories away.
Have Fun with It
Losing weight doesn’t have to be all pain and no gain. You can also enjoy it. Find an activity that torches the calories, but that is fun at the same time. That can be some outdoor sport like cycling, rollerblading, hiking, swimming, etc.
You can even make a hobby out of it. For example, did you know that dancing burns up to 750 calories in 60 minutes? Seems like a perfectly good reason to dance the night away, right?
Making the decision to lose weight is just a first step of a long journey. It is important to stay motivated throughout it and not to give up at the first sight of obstacles. Motivation can come from different sides, and it varies from one person to another.
Some of the common ways to motivate yourself are to imagine yourself after weight loss, to set short-term goals and reward yourself for reaching them, improve your health, etc.
Find a Workout Buddy
To gain your summer body, you might want to find a workout buddy. They will keep you motivated not only to be regular at training sessions, but also to work harder. Cardio intervals on a treadmill, bike or elliptical bike can be awfully boring, but if you have a workout buddy, you can make that time more fun. Also, if you are having trouble affording a personal trainer, newsflash – it is easier when there are two of you. And finally, we all need someone to tell us “You can do it” when we feel like quitting.
Follow these tips, and no summer will – ever again – make you feel embarrassed about your body. On the contrary, you will enjoy the sun and the beach in all their glory.