Yes, Peter Griffin from Family guy has a hilarious point when he says that “round is also a shape,” but you want your beach body to be trim.
In that name, here are 5 simple yet effective ways to shed some pounds before summer 2017, coming from a professional trainer and former Navy SEAL, Logan Hood.
1. Exercising In Threes
Your workout should have 3 variables:
- and volume.
The general rule of thumb is to focus on just one variable per workout. For example – try increasing the weight, while lowering the number of reps on the first day; then try lowering your standard weight, but add another set the next day; and on the third day try using your standard weight but do more reps faster.
2. Cut The Refined Carbs
Make sure you minimize the following:
- white rice,
- corn syrup,
Hood warns that – “as soon as you swallow a refined carb, it starts to spike your blood sugar, which produces excess insulin, a hormone that can be responsible for holding on to fat stores.”
3. Protein To The Rescue
The surefire way towards a killer beach body is introducing a Zone-inspired diet to your everyday life. This diet includes:
- a balance of protein,
- complex carbs,
- fat in every meal and snack.
The benefits of a Zone-inspired diet are at least two-fold: protection against insulin overload; while high-quality protein will make sure its amino acids help your muscles recover quickly after workouts.
4. Choose Your Liquids Wisely
Hood suggests that ditching juices, sodas, diet sodas, vanilla lattes, and such is crucial as all these have unnecessary calories.
“You drink for three reasons,” explains Hood: “If you’re thirsty, drink water. If you need stimulation, drink black coffee. If you want to take the edge off, choose a vodka martini or a similar non-mixed, simple drink. In other words, no mojitos.”
5. 3 Meals + 2 Snacks Per Day
Eating 5 times a day might sound like a mistake, but it is not. Hood says that three meals and two snacks per day (the snacks go between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner) have a positive impact on both your digestive system and your metabolism.
“You’ll have a steady stream of energy; plus, less food more often isn’t as taxing on your digestive system as three big meals.”