3 simple ways to lose weight (and get beach ready) fast!
Have you booked a beach holiday that’s come round faster expected? So fast, that you’re now wishing that you’d done that little bit more exercise and lost that little bit more weight sooner?
Whether you’re looking to fit into your brand new bikini or your trusty holiday shorts, this blog contains three simple steps aimed at ensuring you’re ready to hit the beach with confidence.
STEP 1: Cut back on sugars and starches
The most important part thing you can do is cut back on sugars and starchy carbs. These foods stimulate the secretion of insulin, which is the body’s main fat storage hormone.
When insulin is reduced, fat has a much easier time getting out of the fat stores and the body starts burning fats instead of carbs. Reduce your insulin levels and you’ll reduce your appetite and lose weight, without feeling hungry.
Lowering your insulin levels also helps your kidneys shed excess sodium and water from your body and this, in turn, reduces bloating and unnecessary water weight.
Some people can lose up to 10 pounds and sometimes more in just seven days, all by simply cutting back on sugars and starches.
STEP 2: Eat protein, fat and low-carb vegetables
Your meals should include a mix of protein, fat and low-carb vegetables.
- Meat – beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon, etc
- Fish and seafood – salmon, trout, shrimps, lobsters, etc
Protein is king when it comes to losing weight. Eating plenty of it has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day. It makes you feel fuller for longer, which means you usually eat fewer calories a day, resulting in weight/fat loss.
Low-carb vegetables include:
- Brussel sprouts
- Swiss chard
Fill your plate with these low-carb veggies. A diet based on meat and vegetables contains all the fibre, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. There is no physiological need for grains in your diet.
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
Eating fat is something we have been told to steer clear of but, don’t be afraid of eating it. New studies have shown that saturated fat does not raise your heart disease risk at all.
The best fat to use for cooking is coconut oil. It is more fulfilling than others and can slightly boost your metabolism.
STEP THREE: Do high intensity interval training
You only need to do 10 minutes’ exercise a day to get great results. For instance, if you were to follow the KSFL 7 Day Jumpstart Programme, you’d get daily 10-minute workouts, including total beginners to advance, to choose from each day. (The KSFL Day Jumpstart Programme is specifically designed to help you lose a few pounds and beat the bloat safely in a short space of time).
High intensity training has you burning fat after the workout not just during the workout. All in all, this will help you lose body fat without losing muscle.