The colder weather makes it easy to hide the affects of a month of indulging in holiday food, delicious desserts and cocktails. Heavier loose fitting clothes, curling up and watching Netflix with snacks, less daylight and lower energy all contribute to winter weight gain.
But the truth is, summer bodies are built in the winter the time to start is now. Losing weight, toning up and building muscle take time and if you start in April it will take months to see the results…and summer will be nearing its end.
Becoming your healthiest self is a marathon, not a sprint. By starting now not only will you be in great physical shape for the summer but you will start to feel better and have more energy within a few weeks.
Here are 7 tips to help you get a jump start on being your fittest and healthiest self by summer.
Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting is a great way to reset your body. It boosts your metabolism with lower calorie intake, and alters the function of your hormones, cells and genes. Start with 12:12, 12 hours fasting then a 12 hour eating window and work your way up to 16:8.
Keto Diet. A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb diet. It primarily works by lowering insulin levels, producing ketones, and increasing fat burning. Many people have great results losing weight with a Keto diet. It is very filling and usually does not require calorie counting. Keto diets reduce hunger and increase satiety, which can be particularly helpful when trying to lose weight.But no single diet is suitable for everyone, especially since individual metabolism, genes, body types, lifestyles, taste buds, and personal preferences differ. If you think Keto may be for you, do your research and check with your Doctor before starting.
Whole Food Plant Base Diet. A WFBP diet focuses on minimally processed foods, specifically plants, and is effective at stimulating weight loss and improving health.
The WFPB diet is not necessarily a set diet — it’s more of a lifestyle. This is because plant-based diets can vary greatly depending on the extent to which a person includes animal products in their diet. Many studies have shown that plant-based diets are beneficial for weight loss. The high fiber content of the WFPB diet, along with the exclusion of processed foods, is a winning combination for shedding excess pounds.
Hot Yoga. Heat up your normal yoga workout this winter by cranking up the temperature! Take your usual flow to the next level, and you’ll feel a much different result. Your heart, muscles, and lungs are working harder, making the workout that much more enduring and beneficial. The intensity will also force you to focus on your breath and inner-wellness, and holistically speaking, you’ll feel incredible.Kick it up a notch with hot yoga during the cooler weather and you’ll see a difference in the way you look and feel, with time and consistency.
HIIT Training. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts generally combine short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. At fitness studios and online, these workouts often mix aerobic and resistance training. With HIIT workouts, you’re building muscle, losing weight, and burning calories. This is one of the quicker ways to notice results, because of the breathlessness you’ll feel when your heart rate gradually increases.
Plus, because of the intensity, you don’t need to do a super long workout in order to enjoy the benefits of HIIT. Rather, do small increments and break up your sweat session, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Good Sleep. The average adult requires 6-8 hours of sleep. Sleep is when your body resets, recharges, and even burns calories! You need sleep in order for your body to process your workouts, as the recovery time is crucial for seeing results.
If you aren’t getting 6-8 hours, it is worth adjusting your routine and creating a good sleep environment so you can reap the health benefits good sleep provides.
Whatever changes you decide to make with your diet and exercise remember: CONSISTENCY is the name of the game for results.
Did you know at Tennessee Hydration we have IV’s and injections that can assist with increased energy, metabolism and weight loss. You can learn more about those by clicking here or contact our office, we will help you find the right therapy to reach your goals!