Friday, March 18, 2011

Tips to get Your Shorts or Jeans to Fit in time for Summer

Tips to get Your Shorts or Jeans to Fit in time for Summer!

Yes, I said Summer! I know Spring is just Starting. That is why I said in time for Summer!
You have to have your plan ready now to be ready for the summer months, because before we know it we will be looking to put on some shorts or even jeans with a nice tank top and sandals or heels and if the jeans or shorts are too tight we will not be happy. I like to go by how I feel and how my clothes fit. This is a good indicator for me on how I am doing with my eating and exercise plans. So here are some tips to get us in those shorts looking and most importantly feeling good!!



1. Drink Water, not Soda: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Don't wait until you are thirsty, that is too late. Also eating foods like melons, citrus, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery and lettuce helps, these are filled with water and help you feel fuller. Aim for: Approximately one ounce of water per pound of scale weight. I wake up and the first thing I do is drink two glasses of water. Notice the difference in your waist line and so many other things too.  Cut out soda all together, it's no good for you and you will see results much faster.




2. Balance your meals: Eat every 3- 4 hours with a balanced meal of complex carbohydrates and lean protein. Eating carbs by themselves is not the way to go as well as eating too many at each meal. If you are having rice then you don't want to have a piece of bread too. Protein is metabolized most efficiently when eating with a complex carbohydrate. Pairing these together fuels the body, feeding our muscle tissue while burning stored fat. Opt for a lean chicken breast with a cup of brown rice and some green veggies like broccoli. Eating every few hours will keep your metabolism up as long as you choose healthy foods and keep your portions balanced.

3. Cut out added sugars and all artificial sweeteners: It is all over, in deli meats, canned veggies, dried fruit, soda, yogurts, you have to be careful. Read the labels, no aspartame!!!! Just become a better shopper and avoid it at all cost.
Find brands that are natural. I have older posts on this as well. The average adult consumes way to much sugar. It has increased by more than 30% in the last 20 years. Sugars are the enemy of the body.





4. Eat More Salad: Eating more salad is a good idea. Eat it with lunch and dinner. It will help fill you up and give you a good amount of nutrition every day! Create a balanced salad with some chicken or fish cup up on it or on the side. Use limited salad dressings, see if you follow tip number 3, you will avoid salad dressings. Make your own, or just drizzle some lemon juice and a little bit of olive oil over the top! YUMMY!


5. Exercise: Make time everyday to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise. Add resistance training in at least 3x a week and the rest of the days you can do cardio. Go to a class that is fun like Turbo Kick or PiYo! Get outside and go for a walk, dance around the house, go up and down the stairs till your heart is pumping and you have a little sweat going on. Get moving is the point here! Nutrition is 80% of it, and moving to help burn calories is going to help you do it faster and do it the right way! Muscle burns and the more we have the better.


So, alot of what I said is basic, but needs to be said and taken seriously. Get started today and you will be ready for summer.

For more tips see older posts and the Clean eating and Healthiest Meal of the day tabs above!
Dani

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