1. High-Protein Diet
Eating properly is the first step toward acquiring a well-built body. Therefore, you should consume a high-protein diet. Protein increases muscle mass, drastically reduces appetite (which leaves you feeling fuller after eating, thus, avoiding overeating), lessens food cravings, and accelerates fat burning.
In general, it is recommended to ingest 30 grams of protein per meal. So, meet your needs by including lean meats such as beef or pork, poultry like chicken or turkey, nuts and seeds such as almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds, as well as eggs and cheese.
2. Daily Exercise (and Proper Rest!)
There is no way out. If you want to get in shape, you must exercise regularly. It is important to mention that the fat in certain parts of the body won’t go away with exercise solely. But all in all, it will re-shape and strengthen your arms, legs, and abdomen.
However, you also need to know when to take a breather. Ensure you get proper rest after exercising. Getting 8 hours of sleep regularly, and taking two or three days off so your muscles can regenerate will be advantageous.
3. Cosmetic Procedure
There are parts of the body in which pockets of fat are created. Unfortunately, this fat is resistant to certain weight loss attempts like physical exercise, which makes it too difficult to get rid of. No matter how strictly you stick to a diet, these pockets of fat won’t bend at all.
Therefore, undergoing a simple cosmetic procedure is the only alternative to eliminating unnecessary fat. Having liposuction will improve your physique by removing these pockets of fat. The best part of it is that the procedure is quick and simple, especially when compared to other means of getting into shape.
4. Drink Water
Hydrating is a must for survival. However, most people drink just enough liquid to not become dehydrated. Water gets replaced with coke, beer, or coffee, which do nothing but counteract the effort put into losing weight and getting in shape.
Give up on sugary drinks and increase water consumption. It burns calories and works as an appetite suppressant. Not to mention, if you drink cold water, you are burning more calories in the long run, compared to consuming room temperature water.
5. Go For a Walk
Walking is the most underrated form of exercise. If you are used to taking public transportation, or worse still, not even leaving your house, then make walking a habit.
Bear in mind that, although walking and working out are strongly related, you should take both methods as separate approaches. That is to say, go for a walk and exercise. You’ll notice changes immediately.
6. Slow and Steady
Habits take time to be formed. It is impossible to switch from 0 to 100 in a day. Therefore, implement these tips slowly but steadily. For example, work-out two or three times a week, for approximately 15 minutes. Once you get used to that rhythm, increase the days to three or four, this time with half-hour sessions.
Also, don’t give up on soda or alcohol too soon. Simply replace these drinks with water for two or three days a week, until you feel comfortable enough to replace them almost every day.
Getting into shape takes quite a bit of time and effort. There are easy shortcuts and hard-to-accomplish habits, but combining both seems to be the most appropriate method. Start right now, and you’ll be in shape right in time for swimming season!