Just recently I wrote a post titled “I Need To Lose Weight For Summer” and now I’m giving you more tips for losing weight and getting beach body ready, you would think I have summer fever. I love summer, I mean who doesn’t, it’s like the world around you just changes to a beautiful, happy place, it’s also one of the biggest incentives that drive me to diet and lose weight, and I’m guessing it’s a big incentive for many others too.
So when I saw this article published on Fox News offering some sensible tips on getting beach body ready, I thought I should share them with you too.
Tips For Losing Weight And Getting Beach Body Ready This Summer
Don’t: Skip breakfast
Do: Start your day off with a hearty breakfast
If you are trying to shed pounds, skipping breakfast to save calories is counterproductive. By mid-morning, hunger kicks in and sets you up to overeat. The right kind of breakfast, such as a parfait made with high-fiber cereal, berries and some Greek yogurt, will jump-start your metabolism early in the day and keep you feeling full right until lunch.
Don’t: Go cardio crazy
Do: Focus on weight/strength training
Cardio exercise is great for releasing endorphins and getting your heart rate up, but numerous studies have shown that it does not help much with weight loss. People who engage in prolonged cardio exercise often wind up feeling hungrier, which can lead to overeating and poor food choices. Exercise burns calories, it’s true, but if you’ve eaten more calories than you’ve burned by day’s end you are going to gain weight. Far more effective for weight loss is weight training. Lifting weights builds up lean muscle mass, and for every pound of lean muscle mass you add to your frame you can burn an extra 35-50 calories per day. That means if you add an extra 10 pounds of muscle, you’ll burn nearly 500 calories more per day – enough to lose about 1 pound of fat every week!
Don’t: Cut out carbohydrates
Do: Eat more high fiber carbs
It’s a myth that carbohydrates make you fat. Your body needs carbs for energy and cutting carbs from your diet will leave you weak, irritable, and even nauseous. For healthy weight loss you’ll definitely want to eat more high fiber carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Dietary fiber has zero-calories so the more fiber a food has, the fuller you’ll feel after eating it. Not only will you eat less during the day, fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing digestion, which in turn puts an end to sugar cravings. Full article and more tips here.
I hope you found these tips for losing weight and getting beach body ready, helpful. These tips were provided by Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD a registered dietician based in New York, therefore the advice she provides is very professional. However I struggle a little to accept the advice she gives on cardio, saying that cardio does not help much with weight loss.
Of lately I’ve been really looking into running, which is a cardio exercise. What I have learnt from my research is that, running is one of the most effective exercises for losing weight, most of my research was done online, I did also spoke to a personal trainer who backed up my findings. Don’t get me wrong, weight and strength training is very effective for weight loss too, after all any form of exercise can only be good for you.
Do you run? More to the point do you run to lose weight? If so, do you find you lose weight or not from running, your input on this would be really helpful and appreciated, and as usual if you find the article interesting a click on the Facebook like button would be great too.