Summer is just around the corner, and we’re all looking forward to lying on a beach in a bikini, soaking up some rays. But are you feeling happy, healthy and confident in yourself ready for the season? If not, here’s how to get yourself looking and feeling on top of the world in time for summer.
Your Nutritious Diet
That’s right, the dreaded ‘D’ word. But rather than cutting out all foods that taste good and replacing them with smoothies, this is about balance and nutrition. Whether you’d rather have three meals per day or you’re opting for five or six smaller ones, you just need to make sure you’re eating plenty of good stuff and the right amount of it.
First of all, it’s important to stay hydrated – water boosts metabolism and keeps hunger away. Then, when it comes to food, you should be eating a fist-sized portion of protein, the same again of carbohydrates or wholegrain and plenty of vegetables. If you’re opting for more meals per day, reduce these sizes by about a third plus two palm-sized snacks. Fruit and veggies are excellent to feast on if your goal is to lose weight, and if you tend to use white bread or pasta, switch to whole-wheat or whole-grain instead.
Combine a Fitness Program
Make sure you don’t go too hard too soon, or it’ll put you off trying to get fit. Instead, start by assessing how fit you are already by taking your pulse rate before and after short walks and runs, seeing how many press ups you can do in one go, and taking a look at your body mass index. Then design a fitness plan that starts slowly and gradually builds up. Listen to your body as you go, and if you’re feeling good exercising for, say, 20 minutes, increase it to 30. If that feels too much, then drop it for a while before building back up again.
It’s all about building your confidence! And if you need additional support for your weight loss and to help you feel good on the outside and inside, then you might consider having a tummy tuck if you believe this is the right option for you.
How to Stick to It
Plan what you eat and perhaps cook and prepare large batches of what you’ll be having at the start of the week. This way, you can monitor the calories more closely and when you reach for a snack you’ll be more likely to go for the healthy one you made earlier. If you include protein in all your meals, you’ll be fuller for longer, and if you eat probiotics like live yoghurt then your body will start to crave healthy foods.
Remove junk food from sight – ideally, get it out of the house altogether. That way you’ll be less tempted to feast on rubbish. And don’t worry if you have the occasional binge. As long as you’re generally eating well, don’t be hard on yourself. Track and note down, perhaps on your phone or in a calendar, when and what exercise you have done that week. Then you will be able to see what you have achieved over time which can help with motivation!