Let Tilton Fitness Help You Shape Up for Summer
With summer just around the corner, we thought we'd help you get that beach body ready.
We know looking good is a big priority for many of you out there, so our Local Experts at Tilton Fitness put together this list of 6 tips designed to help you get in shape for summer:
1. Drink Water!
Water Lowers the Amount of Fat Stored in your body.
When you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys do not function at their best; this, unfortunately, causes your liver to take on the extra work. One of the liver’s primary jobs is to help your body burn stored fat for energy. So, essentially, by not drinking enough water, you’re limiting your body’s ability to burn fat! Not only that, but by cutting out some of the other drinks you normally consume, you’re also cutting back on lots of unnecessary calories!
Try to drink a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
2. Eat More RAW Fruits & Veggies
Your body has to work extra hard to break down RAW fruits and veggies, so every time you eat them you’re losing weight! People whose diets consist primarily of fruits and veggies tend to lose weight faster and maintain their weights much longer. Research shows that the more veggies people eat – the thinner they are.
3. Drink Green Tea
Studies show you can burn 35-to-43% more fat during the day when you drink 3-to-5 cups of green tea!
Green Tea increases your metabolism while mildly suppressing your appetite - which means you burn more and consume less!
4. Limit Your Salt
Consuming more than the recommend 2500mg (1 tablespoon) of sodium each day will cause you to retain water and gain weight. When you limit your sodium intake, you begin to get rid of your excess water = weight loss!
To limit your sodium intake stay away from foods like canned soups, fast foods, and cured meats.
5. Lift Heavier Weights to Burn Fat Faster
Lifting heavier weights for less repetitions will allow you to burn more calories than if you lift lighter weights for more repetitions.
Basically, your body uses much more energy to lift the heavier weight and the after burn is much greater due to the high intensity. This will also kick start your body’s metabolism which will burn more fat to help you recover from your heavy weight training workout!
Try to lift weights that allow you to only do 3-12 repetitions per set.
6. Do Cardio Last!
Do your heavy weight training workout before you hop on the bike or treadmill for an hour.
Spending about 45 minutes doing a weight training workout uses up most of your body’s stored carbohydrates or glycogen for energy, so when you do get ready to do your cardio, your body will begin to burn more fat for energy rather than a combination of fat and carbohydrates.
Research has recently found that lifting weights first helps you release more growth hormone which in turn helps your body release more fat to be burned for energy while doing cardio or intervals.