Quick! Summer is coming! Time to drop the mince pies and pick up the dumbbells! This is also around the time of year when you start feeling full of regret: regret that you didn’t start working out sooner instead of waiting until the last minute when you already needed to be in shape.
It’s a no-brainer really. You want to look good for summer, you start working out in winter. Not in spring or summer itself!
But what is done is done. Assuming you’ve got a couple of months to get in shape, let’s see how to lose weight for a summer body in that time!
Step one for how to lose weight for a summer body is to get dieting. That means you need to start keeping tabs on your calories in and your calories out and it means you need to avoid eating any old junk food.
The good news is that you can do both these things at the same time. All you need to do is to cut out any cakes, pizzas, chocolate bars etc. that you are eating regularly and then you’ll be removing the excessive sources of calories that aren’t providing you with any useful nutrition in return.
Diet is one aspect of weight loss but the other aspect is exercise. Exercise is what you’ll use in order to create the real calorie deficit and it will help you to ramp up your metabolism and tone up your muscle all at the same time.
The only question is what type of exercise will work best when it comes to how to lose weight for a summer body.
The answer depends on you and your metabolism. But I will say this: a) doing some resistance work (i.e. lifting weights) is crucial, even for women. That’s because it will help you to speed up your metabolism even more (muscle is metabolically active) and because it will make you look toned rather than just thin and flabby. And b) make sure that you are generally active as well. It’s not enough to just exercise for an hour aa day and to otherwise sit around doing nothing! Make sure you are going for regular walks, getting up from your desk often and playing sports. This kind of regular exercise is what will keep your body toned and honed rather than flabby and tired!
Get Your Lifestyle in Check
Finally, make sure you get your lifestyle in check. That means spending time outdoors, getting enough sleep and avoiding stress.
Believe it or not, these things have a direct impact on the way your body handles calories and on the way you look. Not only will you look more tanned and more glowing, your teeth will be whiter and your body will shed fat faster!
More important than all that though, you’ll find that living right gives you more energy. And the more energy you have, the more consistent you’ll be with your diet and exercise. And that ladies and gentlemen, is how to lose weight for a summer body!