GET READY FOR THE BEACH IN 7 DAYS WITH 7 ESSENTIAL TIPS

GET READY FOR THE BEACH IN 7 DAYS WITH 7 ESSENTIAL TIPS

Summer is the time to show off all your hard work you put in at the gym. But if your body needs a few extra tweaks to get into top-notch condition, these 7 tips should do the trick in just 7 days.

1. DRINK UP (WATER, THAT IS)

Drink 2 or 3 litres of water every day to help your body shed fat fast. This will boost your metabolism, filter out toxins, limit bloating and act as an appetite suppressant. And don’t wait until you feel thirsty – drink regularly.

If you find water boring, add some extra zing by making your own real fruit vitamin water. Plus, according to some studies, tea and coffee also count towards your liquid intake.

2. BECOME A FIBRE FAN

Fibre is a great way to curb your cravings for nibbles and will help avoid that afternoon sugar-slump. Eat plenty of brown rice, jacket potatoes, beans and bran-based cereals, and try to make fruit and veggies make up around 40% of your daily diet.

3. UP YOUR PROTEIN

Eat protein-rich meals such as this High Protein Tuna and Black Bean Salad to fill you up and help curb those urges to snack between meals.

Protein helps your body tone up as well as lose fat, so enjoy 7 days of eating a variety of muscle-building foods.

4. BE BOOZE-WISE

High in calories, low in nutrients, alcohol is not a good choice for a svelte summer body. After a couple of drinks you will also be more tempted by nibbles, so opt for non-alcoholic cocktails this week. If you really can’t resist a tipple, choose drinks with lower sugar content.

5. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS

Highly processed foods such as biscuits, pastries, fizzy drinks and white bread are off-limits this week! Instead, aim to eat a Mediterranean-style diet full of fresh vegetables, fish, nuts and legumes. This will help reduce your intake of salt and sugar, help to reduce bloating and give your skin a glorious summer glow. 

6. SLEEP EASY

Lack of sleep can stimulate appetite and encourage your body to retain more weight. If you ever needed an excuse to sleep more, this is it! Hitting the sack earlier will also help you look and feel so much better. It’s win-win as far as we can see. If you’re struggling to sleep well, try these top tips to help improve your shut-eye time.

7. FIRE YOUR METABOLISM      

Keep the fire of your metabolism stoked and you will keep burning calories at a steady pace throughout the day. Do this by eating several small meals each day, eat more foods that fight fat, and – of course – keeping working out! 

 


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

Comments

Helen P.
28 August 2017

Helen P.

Well, I am proud to say I did all the above this summer, with the exception of avoiding booze! But for me, a cold beer is an essential part of summer so I shan't feel too guilty!

Paula C.
27 August 2017

Paula C.

That tuna and blackbean salad is delicious for summer - highly recommended

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