With spring in full swing, we’ve already said goodbye to the winter blues. But as you enjoy the milder weather and longer days, keep in mind that Memorial Day weekend is merely a month away — meaning it’s almost time for bikinis and short shorts! So, is one month enough time to score your best body yet?
It sure is. But you’d better get started now. After all the shrieking and gasping about how ‘time flies’ and it’s ‘too soon’ to be exposing that muffin top, it’s time to get realistic and take action. A month is not a tremendous amount of time to shed any accumulated winter fat, but before you break out into cold sweats, it is not unreasonable to lose 10 pounds or one dress size in that time.
Healthy eating is a must if you expect weight loss.
Here are my best slim-by-summer tips:
- Eat whole, unprocessed foods. If it comes in a box and has more than three ingredients, then you should probably skip it. Focus on fresh veggies, lean proteins and a moderate amount of complex carbs.
- Cut back on sodium, as it causes you to bloat.
- Eliminate sugar in all the obvious places. Read labels and look for sugar in all its forms. It can usually be identified because of its ‘ose’ endings, but not always. Also, be mindful of calories and sugars hidden in beverages: Fruit juices are notorious for packing them in!
- Stick with water! The majority of your liquid intake should come from water if for no other reason than water fills you up. Plus, your body needs to remain hydrated in order to maintain proper functioning.
- Consider keeping a food journal if you think it’s going to be difficult to radically alter your eating habits. People who write down what they eat tend to lose more weight than those who don’t. Those chips and that cookie look a lot different written in black and white, staring up at you from the page.
Of course — diet is only part of the equation. Healthy eating takes care of gaining any more weight, but working out is going to help you lose and tighten those pesky areas. Your best bet is a circuit-style workout that combines two or more strength training moves with no rest in between, followed by an interval of blood-pumping high-intensity cardio. And repeat.
Ideally, do this for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week. Combine that with 20-45 minutes of cardio six days a week, and you will be on your way to that beach body in no time!
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Co-Owner of ProFormance Fitness
I was born and raised in Louisville along with my four sisters. I graduated from St. X in 98’and University of Louisville in 02’. I have two amazing kids that are much sweeter to life than I ever was.
Although, I didn’t really know what all went into it, I dreamed of owning a gym and knew that I wanted to help people out. I consider myself very lucky to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that have existed in my life. I received a degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Marketing at UL, both of which were very helpful in getting me where I am today.
I have 10 years experience as a Personal Trainer. I have nationally accredited certifications through NSCA-CSCS and ACE. In 2003 I met Cary Cox and he already had the same visions that I did. We didn’t want people sitting around reading magazines on machines. Our past experience from the big box gyms helped us realize we wanted something different. We were looking for real results in a private atmosphere where intimidation doesn’t exist. ProFormance Fitness has grown from the original facility three times. The latest addition added another 5000 sq/ft to keep up with demand. We are fortunate to have amazing trainers and lots of energetic clients.
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