Whether you want to lose 30 pounds or simply tone up, getting your body beach-ready will take some hard work and dedication. This article will teach you how to get in shape without starving or torturing yourself.
CARBOHYDRATES: Low carb is often touted as the go to strategy for weight loss, however this is only part of the story. All carbohydrates are not created equal and restricting certain carbohydrates can actually slow your metabolism and cause a variety of hormonal imbalances. Over the next 2 weeks consider eliminating processed carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, pasta, pizza and artificial sweeteners. Emphasize carbohydrates such as fruit, fruit juice, white rice and root vegetables. These carbohydrates will keep your metabolism functioning properly.
FASTING: Fasting can be a very effective way to lose weight, balance your hormonal system and aid in digestion and detoxification. There are many approaches to fasting but the best one implement over the next few weeks involves consuming all of your meals between the hours of noon and 8pm. Before noon you can have coffee, tea, water, coconut water and fruit juice. To boost the impact of fasting consider adding a teaspoon of coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee or tea. Between 12 and 8pm have 2 balanced meals and 2 balanced snacks.
PARTY TIME: Follow the 80/20 role. If you treat your body right 80% of the time it can handle deviations 20% of the time. At rooftop happy hours and weekends at your beach house, there will be some drinks and meals that are “off program.” That being said, there are a few tips in this area that you may want to employ. Never drink on an empty stomach, have a meal or snack before drinking. Consume high quality spirits. You should be eating the highest quality food and drinking the highest quality alcohol. Be sure to enjoy your drink and enjoy the company you are having your drink with. The process of being mindful when “partying” will actually make the alcohol less damaging.