The weather is finally starting to warm up and the summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start getting yourself back in shape for the summer time. I’m sure at some point this summer there is a good chance you will find yourself sitting at the beach or at a pool in your swim suit.
Think about it for a minute, is your body you swim suit ready?
If you are like most (myself included) we kind of hibernate through the winter time and end up putting on what I like to call “the winter coat” which is actually a few extra pounds of weight gain as a result on being less active during the colder months.
Now is the time to start getting rid of that “winter coat” and lose those extra pounds before the summer gets here. Don’t wait until June or July when the summer is already in full swing to get your butt in gear, by then it will be too late!
I’m here to give you the guidance, support, and encouragement you need to finally lose the weight and get into great shape this summer.
Here are 5 common weight loss myths that most people fall for.
Don’t waste your time or your money on these:
Myth #1: You can lose weight by starving the pounds away.
Attempting to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. I know you have been to the grocery stores and seen pictures of celebrities in the magazines while you are checking out who look sickly because they have some type of eating disorder and are starving themselves.
It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss. However, your body just doesn’t work that way. Your body has a natural survival mechanism that will cause your metabolism to slow down and store fat as a way to fight weight loss. In the long run starving yourself will only make it even more difficult for you to lose weight because you will lose muscle rather than fat. This will only slow your metabolism down and cause you to gain it all back and then some as soon as you get of that crazy starvation diet!
Also, because you have lost muscle mass you will still look all soft and flabby even though the scale says you have lost weight. Who wants that? Isn’t that the reason why you started starving yourself in the first place so you wouldn’t look all soft and flabby?
Tip: Starving yourself is a quick way to sabotage your weight loss efforts. Instead, eat small healthy meals every 2 to 3 hours. It takes calories for your body to digest calories. The natural “thermic” effect of food will help to increase your metabolism and help you burn fat.
Myth #2: Weight loss pills will make you lose weight.
Companies that sell weight loss pills make it so tempting! Think about it, everywhere you turn you see some type of advertisements claiming how their “magic weight loss pill” will melt the pounds right off body.
If they really worked, do you think Americans would be fighting obesity problems? I don’t think so!
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill and the truth is that there are no long term studies on most of these weight loss pills. People are developing kidney and liver problems and some people have even died as a result of some of these supplements.
The only thing that weight loss pills will make slim is your pockets!
Tip: Instead of wasting your money on weight loss pills invest it in a personal trainer who can help you develop a plan to make healthy lifestyle changes and focus on eating healthy whole foods and on proper exercise programs.
Myth #3: If you only do sit ups and crunches, you will lose your gut.
Let’s face it, everyone wants a sexy flat stomach and to look great when they’re walking down the beach. Ab exercises like sit ups and crunches are not the answer. Yes, these exercises will help to strengthen your core. However, in the big picture of things, they are not the best exercises for toning up your mid section.
In order to see your abs and look lean, first you have to burn off the layers of fat that your abs are hiding behind.
The best exercises for burning fat are your multi-joint exercises like squats, dead lifts, lunges, pushups, pull ups, ect.
These exercises require a lot more energy to perform, which will help you build lean muscle and increase your metabolism causing you to burn more.
Tip: Instead of focusing on sit ups and crunches, shift your attention to multi-joint exercises that burn more fat like pushups, pull ups, squats, dead lifts, dead lifts, and interval training.
Myth #4: Eat packaged diet foods for speedy results.
It is amazing when you go to the grocery store and see the kinds of foods that are labeled as “diet” or “weight loss foods.” These foods are more often than not loaded with refined sugars, sodium, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t process well.
Tip: Don’t eat pre-packaged diet foods – instead stick with nutritious whole foods and start preparing your own meals. If you are short on time prepare your meals ahead of time and put them in Tupperware containers so now it becomes just a matter of grabbing it out of the fridge and heating it up.
Myth #5: Avoid all carbohydrates in order to slim down.
Carbohydrates have been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat carbs while losing weight. The key is to stick with whole grains, oatmeal and brown rice, while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.
Tip: Don’t swear off all carbohydrates – instead stick with wholesome carbs. Even better try to get the majority of your carbs from fresh fruits and vegetables. If it comes in a box don’t eat it!
Now that you know what not to do to look great this summer, it’s time to go over your beach game plan. Here’s what you need to know in 3 simple steps:
Step One: Cut out the junk.
The best way to do this is to start by giving your kitchen a makeover. Go through your cabinets and refrigerator and get rid of all sugary, processed, and fat-filled foods. Replace it with fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. Once the junk has been cleared out don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your beach ready body depend on what you eat – don’t eat junk!
Step Two: Focus on whole foods.
Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of whole foods such as: cooked and raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, moderate amounts of seeds and nuts, lean meats and low fat dairy. Clean eating really is that simple.
Step Three: Come Train with one of CT Workout’s certified personal trainers in Newington, CT
This is the most obvious step. You’re ready to get into great shape and I’m in a unique position to make that happen for you.
Stop waiting for the perfect time to get started! The longer you put it off the more time it will take you to get the body you want and deserve.
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