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5 Tips For Getting Your Body Ready For Summer

by Jeffrey McCarrell on April 25, 2019

Can you feel it?! The warmth is coming . . . and with that means summer is coming too! All the months spent indoors, waiting for the warm weather will finally be worth it when you bust out the swimsuit. If the thought of wearing a bathing suit has you nervous, there is still time to get your beach body back! We've put together 5 tips to get you the beach body you want.

1. Eat protein with every meal.

It is no secret that eating protein is important for increasing muscle mass, but protein also plays a role in fat loss too. Researchers have found that people who consumed protein throughout that day saw better weight loss results while preserving more lean mass - the ultimate goal for the ideal beach body. In addition, protein in each meal makes you feel full managing hunger levels and lessening cravings for unhealthy snacks between meals.

2. Stop snacking.

Snacking, even healthy snacking, can stall weight loss and prevent you from losing those last few pounds. A few quick bites of healthy food might not seem like much, but the rushed and often mindless way in which most people snack can be bad for their beach body progress. A few extra calories here and there add up quickly and can cause you to overeat unintentionally. Instead, plan out your meals for the day - know what you're going to eat and when. If you skip a meal, you will get hungry (and maybe even hangry) and that will increase your chances of mindless snacking.

3. Cut out cocktails, wine and beer.

Is the beach body of your dreams leaner and more toned than your current physique? Then you need to reduce your caloric intake so that your body begins to burn stored fat. With every sip of alcohol, you are ingesting unnecessary calories. In addition, drinking may derail your metabolism. If you skip workouts to head to happy hour, you're probably going to burn fewer calories during the day. And you may even be more sluggish and less active on days following. If leanness is the key to your beach body, steer clear of the bar.

4. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!

Sleep is critical to achieving any physique goals. Whether your perfect beach body requires a fat loss or major muscle gain, sleep will be a key to your success. Sleep allows your body to recover from intense exercise, grow and repair muscles. Lack of sleep can lead you to crave more sugary or salty foods and make you less likely to be able to say no to unhealthy treats. Sleeping helps refresh your mind and your decision-making processes. Exhaustion reduces your mental clarity and judgment, so you're more likely to reach for that doughnut in the office when you'd normally have a piece of fruit.

5. Drop the long cardio hours.

Treadmills can be a trap. When it comes to melting fat, the goal is to get your heart rate up and to keep it there. Many people figure that since cardio is difficult and it makes them sweat, it's all they need in order to create the caloric deficit necessary for fat loss. A lengthy, low-intensity jogging session won't help you get that, it will just leave you tired. Remember, the body can only handle so much intense exercise of any type. Then it needs time to recover. Otherwise, you'll suffer overuse injuries, burnout, your sleep and immune system could suffer, and you may lose muscle mass as well.