Get that beach body that you’ve always wanted

2017-12-06 06:00

ALL the months spent indoors, waiting for the warm weather will finally be worth it when you bust out the swimming suit.

If the thought of wearing a bikini has you nervous, there is still time to get your beach body back.

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about extreme, unsafe diets that deprive you of food and leave you feeling tired or irritated. Instead, we’ve put together the top tips that everyone can use to get the beach body they’ll be proud of.

• EAT PROTEIN WITH EVERY MEAL

It is no secret that eating enough protein is important for increasing muscle mass, but protein also plays a role in fat loss too. Spreading your protein intake across all three meals can aid in fat loss according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

• STOP SNACKING

Snacking, even healthy snacking, can stall weight loss and prevent you from losing those last few pounds. Instead of snacking, sit down to a balanced meal three or four times a day.

• CUT OUT COCKTAILS, WINE AND BEER

With every sip of alcohol, you are ingesting unnecessary calories. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men consume an extra 433 calories on days when they have just a couple of drinks. Plus, alcohol tends to lower our inhibitions and make us less likely to stick to our diets. If leanness is the key to your beach body, steer clear of the bar.

• EAT FOODS THAT FIGHT CELLULITE

Cellulite is a problem that nine out of every 10 women have to face each bikini season.

It can develop as a result of a breakdown in the skin’s connective tissue, known as collagen. Collagen is a type of protein, so eating high quality protein foods can help to strengthen the collagen fibers that reduce cellulite, and remember to drink lots of water. Flaxseeds are also a good source of collagen.

• FOLLOW A LOW-BLOAT DIET

A bloated belly could cause your beach body to look puffy instead of shredded. Avoid high-sodium packaged foods that can trigger water retention.

Surprisingly, there are healthy foods that can cause bloating too. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale contain slow-digesting carbohydrates that can cause gas. Other “clean” foods that might cause bloating include apples, beans and peas. To prevent water retention, eat high-potassium fruits like bananas, avocados, kiwis and oranges. The best veggies for reducing bloat are asparagus and cucumbers.

• SLEEP 7-9 HOURS EVERY NIGHT

Sleep is critical to achieving any physique goals. Whether your perfect beach body requires 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.

• USE HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING TO LEAN OUT

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a type of conditioning workout that alternates between short bouts of high-intensity exercise and short bouts of recovery. When compared with traditional cardio, HIIT is a much more time effective way to lose fat.

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