Getting Back Into Your Fitness Regiment!
Well this is the time of year when everyone wants to get back into swimsuit shape! The weather is warming up, the days are longer, and the last place you will want to be is inside on the couch eating Cheetos feeling sorry for your self because you procrastinated and didn’t put in the work to get your body ready for the summer, Well there is hope and there are steps you can take to get your body back…FAST! First thing is don’t try to do it all at once. If you do then you will overwhelm your self and get discouraged. Take it slow and take it one step at a time. The best and quickest way is to start with the diet immediately. I like to kick start my summertime body transformation with some sort of cleanse. Now there are a lot out there, but I like to go with the Cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and maple syrup diet because I feel it does great at quick weight loss, and detoxing my body from toxins. You can either make this concoction your self or buy a pre made powder at your local health food store. After going through this cleanse for 5-10 days you should actually feel rejuvenated and your energy levels should be through the roof. Now since you haven’t had “real” food in sometime after this diet, you want to be careful as to what you start put back into your system so I would recommend just fruits, vegies, and lean proteins. Since you just went through a week or maybe longer without food you will lose 10, 15, or up to 20lbs so the idea is to keep it off and now that your body is prepped and ready for the summer, now we have to TIGHTEN it up! For the workout I would encourage you to do 30 sec to 1 min rounds of total body exercsies with interval cardio exercsies between weights. For example pick about 8 exercises that work your entire body, but will not bulk you up like continuous squats with light weight over head press, lunges with light weight bicep curls, burpies, jump rope, step up with light weight side lateral raises, sprint on the treadmill or outside, pushups with alternating one arm rows. These exercise will work a lot of muscles at one time optimize caloric burn and burning through your carbohydrates, This is the ideal way to shed the fat, with out losing much muscle. I like to keep my carbohydrate intake under 65 grams a day, and have the bulk of my carbs in the morning to help give me the fuel and energy I need for the day and get me through a workout. Now as far as supplements I think you should take to get you skinny and ripped for summer time they are pretty basic: fat burners (to increase metabolism), protein powder (to give you a clean, lean and convenient source of protein), pre workout NO drink(to give you a little kick in the butt before your workout), and glutamine (for recovery). When should you take these supplements? Protein powder first thing in the morning with your fat burner, 30 minutes after your workout with your glutamine, and at night before you go to bed. Remember that we are trying to keep the carbs under 65 so have 20 grams in the morning, 15 grams for lunch, 30 grams 30 minutes after your workout and no more after 6pm. The NO pre workout drink should be taken 15-30 minutes before exercising..
So to recap the 3 quick and easy steps to get you in shape for summer time: Step 1 start with a cleanse to get your body free from toxins and to take off that weight you put on during the winter fast. Step 2 get your workout in check! 30 sec – 1min interval circuit training to burn fat, retain muscle and keep you skinny. Step 3 keep the carbs under 65 grams a day and that’s it! Of course you should drink a lot of water though out the day, but if you have a swimsuit party to go to or you want to look your skinniest, then back off the fluids for a few days, lay off the training, and cut the carbs under 30 grams for a week leading up to your event. So get up and out of the house and start the transformation and be ready for the weekend!