April showers bring May flowers, but June temperatures mean one thing: swimsuit season! Whether your favorite spot is at the beach, at the lake or just hanging around the pool, those few extra pounds you put on over the winter can make you feel self-conscious and may even make you think twice before heading out for some summer fun.
But don’t fret! In just the course of a few weeks, you can shed off extra pounds and feel confident in your body like you never have before. Here are a few simple tips for helping you drop inches in a hurry.
Eat More “Naked” Food
Strip away the harmful foods weighing you down! The more natural the food you eat, the less toxins you are exposed to, and the healthier it is for your body. Processed food is full of chemicals, preservatives and other substances that actually slow down your body’s metabolism and can be difficult to digest. Instead, spend most of your time at the grocery store in the produce or whole foods sections where the food has been the least tampered with. “Naked,” or natural, food gives your body the opportunity to improve digestion and help your metabolism function more efficiently.
Drink Water. And More Water.
Good news: there’s a secret ingredient that can help speed up your weight loss — and it’s free. It’s called water.
That’s right, just drinking water can help you lose more pounds in the next month. And this isn’t just quack science. Actual scientific studies have shown that people who drink more water during the day lose more weight because they feel more full before and after meals, causing them to eat less.
Water is essential for the body to carry out its normal physiological functions. When we don’t consume enough water, our body becomes dehydrated and cannot function properly. Not drinking enough water can lead to fluid retention, causing weight gain. So next time you reach for that can of soda, grab the bottle of water instead, which has no calories and will help keep your body functioning at its best.
Set a daily goal over the next 30 days to drink more water. Start slowly, drinking an extra glass before each meal or when you can remember, then slowly build up to where you’re drinking at least 64 oz per day. You’ll notice a difference not only in your appetite, but in your digestion as well.
Get Moving — Whatever Way You Can
Too many people envision a loud gym filled with grunting bodybuilders when they think of working out. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Any time you can get off the couch and get moving more than you normally do, it will contribute to weight loss. There are many simple changes in your everyday life you can make to increase your activity and burn more calories. For instance, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or park in a far-away spot that will cause you to walk further to your destination.
How about this: set a goal in the next 30 days to burn a certain number of calories. Whether it’s 1,000 or 10,000, set a realistic goal and then come up with a list of activities that will help you meet that goal. Even gardening or mowing the lawn can count. Whatever gets your heart rate elevated and gets you moving more than normal will contribute to weight loss.
Become a Math Nerd
There’s just no way of getting around it: calories count! Expending more calories than you take in will result in losing weight. Over the next 30 days, use a food diary to help keep track of calories you consume. If you don’t know the exact amount, take an educated guess (there are dozens of online calorie counting programs) and try to overestimate. You’ll be surprised at how counting your calories will help you be more conscious of what you eat, which can help curb your cravings and cause you to want to eat less.
Once you’ve got the art of counting down, do the math. Since it takes 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound, you’ll need to create a 500-calorie deficit per day to lose a pound a week, or 1,000 calories per day to lose 2 pounds per week. Use an online calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you need per day to maintain your current weight, based on your age, height, weight, gender, and average physical activity. Then crunch the numbers.
For example, let’s say your daily calorie need is 2,200 calories. If you eat 1,800 calories in a day, you’ve created a deficit of 400 calories. But then, you work out in the morning and burn 250 calories on the exercise bike, then go for a run in the evening and burn 350 calories. You’ve just created a deficit of 1,000 calories in a day. If you maintain this routine every day, you’ll lose a whopping 8 to 10 pounds in just 30 days!
Atkins. South Beach. The Zone. You’ve heard of all of them and, chances are, you’ve tried most of them as well. The reason they don’t work is that they require a radical shift in the way you eat that isn’t really sustainable over the long term.
If you want your weight loss to last not just for the summer but for the long term, don’t think of it as a diet. Think of it as a way of life. Too many people get caught on the yo-yo diet train, losing 10 pounds, then gaining back 15. Before you know it, you’ve spent five years off and on a diet, but don’t have anything to show for it.
Instead, have the attitude that you’re going to make a lifestyle change by eating healthier and incorporating exercise into your daily routine. You’ll lose the guilt that comes with indulging in your cravings from time to time and you’ll have a more realistic approach to your health.
Get Rid of the Bad Stuff
You may not even realize it, but there’s a secret enemy in your body that makes it difficult — and sometimes downright frustrating — to lose weight: toxins.
Our bodies are bombarded daily with all sorts of impurities and contaminants. From pollution to chemicals to free radicals our bodies create on their own, all of these things make it harder to lose weight. In fact, in a cruel twist of fate, our bodies actually give off free radicals when we exercise and function regularly.
That’s why it’s essential to always be on the guard against toxins that your body absorbs — and sometimes stores. The Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System is here to help.
We’ve created a revolutionary system that will not only help cleanse out harmful toxins from within your body, but also set you on the road to some serious fat burning.
Here’s how it works: we’ve combined the power of Cleanse for Life® with our complete line of low-calorie meal replacement products and nutritional supplements to give your body the arsenal it needs to cleanse itself of impurities while losing weight. Cleanse for Life contains antioxidants and botanicals that interact with detoxification enzymes and free radicals that occur in the cells, preventing oxidation and promoting elimination of toxins.
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The power of our 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System, combined with your new approach to healthy eating and exercise, gives you the best chance of getting that beach body you’ve always dreamed of. Our system is unique in the way it combines the three essentials your body needs to lose weight: low-calorie food options, Nutritional Cleansing and essential nutrition.
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