Summer time is here! Officially by the calendar and by the end of this week also by the fact that our children will be home with us full time!
At the end of summer when you are packing school bags and lunches again and you are thinking back at the months that just passed, what will you be thinking of?
BBQ’s, parties, get-togethers, special drinks, lounging by the pool, hectic days followed by relaxing weekend getaways.
Will you be happy with the decisions you made for your health and your families health or will you have a tinge of regret because you know you ignored your health?
Summer is a time when you can let yourself go and easily forget that a treat here, an over-indulgence there, an end of the day cocktail or a feast with friends can all have a major impact on your weight.
Now I’m not going to tell you not to do any of those things. I am going to tell you that moderation is a good thing and with a couple of simple things to add to your routine, you can face the fall looking and feeling better than you are today.
1.) Boot Camp – do yourself a big favour and join our boot camp. Like minded people all in the quest of a great workout to help offset the summer sizzle. Outside, using time tested and proven methods of great exercise without costly memberships, stale indoor air, or waiting for machines.
2.) Water – it’s not just for swimming. Drinking water is great for hydrating you but also for clearing our toxins and making your body feel better. It helps to fill you up so that you won’t go back to the food trough as often and it will help your body regulate temperature and aid in burning off fat.
3.) Say no to alcohol. Gasp!! I know that for some people that is like a death blow, but the truth is alcohol is sugar. Sugar is instant energy for your body but, if you don’t need it, sugar becomes instant fat. It also messes with your blood sugar and causes all sorts of long-term health problems.
4.) Walk – forget the car. Need to make a quick trip to the store? Take the shoe leather express and enjoy the great outdoors. It might not seem like much but it will go a long way to burning off calories.
5.) Look Better Naked…hold the bun: When ordering any sandwich on the menu, ask your server to “hold the bun”. Eliminating excess starches in your diet forces your body to burn more unwanted body fat for fuel 24-7. The result- leaner legs, a tighter butt, and a flatter tummy!
6.) Upgrade Your Salad to Burn More Calories: Anytime you eat, your metabolism increases as you burn calories from the digestion, absorption, and storing of nutrients from food. This is called the thermic effect of feeding. Furthermore, research shows that the thermic effect of protein is roughly double that of fat or carbohydrates. So, boost your metabolism by adding lean proteins sources such as chicken, steak, salmon, or shrimp to any of your favorite salads.
7.) Go Green to Be Lean: To make any entrée a belly fat-burning treat, replace any starch-based sides like fries or bread with sautéed, grilled or steamed vegetables. Orrrrrrrrr, choose green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, green beans, or asparagus as much as possible since they have the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for optimal health. Green veggies are loaded with fiber and help fill you up faster and keep you fuller between meals.
8.) Boot Camp – hmmm, sound familiar? That’s because you can get some incredible results from spending a few hours a week joining other people who are looking for a quick and efficient way to lose unwanted pounds, tone their muscles and have a great time doing it!