Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute. We all want to look better naked! This provokes a certain level of confidence that keeps us motivated. Now I’m not saying that you have to stare at yourself everyday and I’m not saying that this has to be your main goal. Nonetheless, these tips will help reshape your body, confidence and drive to help you look and feel great every day.
Best Way to Lose Weight
The days of spending hours at the gym and 30 minute runs on the treadmill are over. Get in, get stuff done and keep it moving. Weight loss is a lifestyle. Now that you’ll be spending less time in the gym it’s important to incorporate more movements into your daily routine. This can be as simple as parking toward the end of the parking lot, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or even walking around the block. Your time in the gym will become more effective, but TUT or Time Under Tension is a concept that is just waiting to be tapped into.
A Healthy Weight Loss Plan
You’ve seen them everywhere right? …Or have you? Chances are, if you’ve came across a healthy weight loss plan you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Not many plans are based around strength training and this is why most people fail. Studies show that increases in strength lead to >>> more lean muscle mass and we all know that more muscle results in burning more fat. Going back to what I said earlier about Time Under Tension, well, the more time your muscles are under tension the stronger they will become over time. This is why bodybuilders might lift for hours at a time. Though that is not necessary for weight loss, what is necessary, like I said is incorporating more >>> daily exercises into your routine.
4 Keys to Look Better Naked
1. Strength Training
Strength training type exercises will build more muscle and more fat burning capabilities by balancing your hormones and optimizing your metabolism. Strength training has been proven to increase our metabolism which will allow you to burn more fat and more often – yes, even while you sleep! Experts say strength training at least twice a week is ideal.
2. Interval Training
Interval training will get your heart pumping, blood flowing and fat burning. Interval training for 20 minutes after your workouts will allow you to reserve your glycogen stores (energy) for resistance exercises. This is important for lifting heavier weights and building more muscle for a well sculpted body. Interval training 4 times per week at 20 to 30 minutes will suffice.
3. Healthy Meal Planning
With all the new changes to your schedule it is important that you >>> feed your body the right fuel. Calories are not created equal so it is important to balance your calories, eat more protein and stop eating so much junk food. Processed foods lead to increases in estrogen (which stores fat) and will destroy your liver (which will prevent your body from breaking down fat.)
I’m not saying that you have to sit down and count all the calories that you consume. There are a few methods that will give you great results. You should definitely look into portion control if you are a beginner.
4. Staying Active on Your Days Off
Yes, I know. It’s supposed to be your “day off,” but fat doesn’t take any days off so why should you? Lighten up a little bit and try to perform light stretches, yoga, slow walks or any type of activity that will get more oxygen and blood flowing to your muscles and organs. Research shows this is one of the best ways to recover and prevent injuries, along with staying hydrated. Staying active on your off days falls under practicing proper “prehab.”
Quick Weight Loss Recap
Eat healthy, exercise and don’t forget to track your progress. Logging your meals and exercises is one of the more tedious methods but on the contrary, looking back at where you started is great for motivational purposes. At the very least aim for tracking your progress the first week of every month for a year. This is also one of the >>> easiest New Year’s Fitness Resolutions.