I know, I know… summer is almost over already – but we still have a few months of beach weather left.
And you know what? It’s pretty cool to be ‘beach-ready’ all year LONG 🙂
So here are 25 of my favorite Summer Slim Down Tips:
1. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet
Start eating whole foods and stay away from junk now (duh on the second part.. but the first part, remember that you can NEVER work off a caramel frappuccino with some cardio).
2. Ask the waiter for extra veggies
When eating out make sure you ask the waiter to fill up your plate with two servings of veggies rather than the mandatory carb that comes along with it.
3. Write your goals down
Always write down goals for yourself. Don’t type them.
4. Tell everyone about your goals
Make sure those goals are so out of this world that everyone will be looking at you like you are crazy. Shoot for the stars and you’ll end up in the clouds. It’s so cliche but true.
5. Take progress photos
Take a before picture of yourself. Front, side and back.
6. Reduce your carbs on non-training days
Front load your carbs in the beginning of the day. On workout days you can have more than normal carbs. Non workout days I would really watch it especially at night.
Drink water. A dehydrated body will not lose fat. You should be aiming for at least 1.5 litres of water every day
8. Use circuit training to burn more fat
To burn the most fat in the least amount of time, 99% of the time do full body circuit training workouts such as interval training.
9. Trust the experts
Don’t take fat loss advice from someone that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Trust the experts.
10. Spend time with likeminded individuals
You will end up living up to the expectations of everyone else around you. Put yourself in the company of people who have achieved what you already want to achieve.
11. Everyone is different
There is no one perfect fat loss program.
12. Stick to the basics
There are only a few fat loss principles.
13. Forgive yourself, cheat days will happen
If you screw up (which you will eventually do) don’t beat yourself up for slipping up. Focus on the solution rather than the problem.
14. Visualise your goals
Thoughts equal things. Focus on what you want ie. Flat stomach, toned thighs etc.. rather than what you don’t want ie. “I don’t want to get fat”, “I don’t want to eat badly” etc..
15. Keep the fat burn going
Always aim for the “Afterburn effect”. Afterburn happens when you end a day of exercise but an hour later you are still sweating from the workout. This is your metabolism on FIRE. This is done through different forms of circuit training, tabata training, etc. just like at boot camp.
16. Buy clothes that match your goals
Buy clothing that is a size or two down from what you normally wear. Make it your goal to fit into that piece of
clothing in two months.
17. Training or socialising?
Fitness classes (Step classes, fake weight classes, tae-bo, Zumba classes, etc…) are fun but ineffective at helping you burn fat and achieve the body you want to achieve. Avoid them at all costs (it’s a waste of time, unless you’re in it to mingle with other people).
18. Use appropriate training
Yoga is awesome for developing an injury resistant body but horrible for fat loss. An average yoga class burns 130
calories. Sweeping your floor burns 130 calories.
19. Find a workout partner
Doing exercise with a friend is the best way to stick to a workout program.
20. Make sure you get a dedicated training partner
If you do exercise with a friend, make sure they are AS SERIOUS AS YOU ARE in terms of achieving your goals.
21. Endurance cardio will not help you reach your goals
PLEEEEAAASSSEEE! Don’t do long boring cardio. Do interval training. Google it.
22. Stick to your goals
Adopt a long term mindset when trying to achieve a goal. Nothing happens overnight. We live in an instant gratification society where we want things done FAST. Tip: Accuracy is speed.
23. No more excuses
Stop rationalizing. We rationalize and lie to ourselves to soften the blow. We gotta be radically honest with ourselves and push for the solution.
24. Push yourself
Stay outside of your comfort zone as much as you can. Doing uncomfortable things will result in more confidence, more growth as a human being and more skills.
25. Intensity EQUALS results.
Intensity EQUALS results, it’s as simple as that.
Just focus on your goals, persevere and you’ll get to where you need to be in no time.