If your holiday is looming and you're starting to panic about getting into a swimsuit and revealing your sausage thighs to the world, then you'll be wanting my 4 tips for getting in shape for summer.
The trick is not to panic and go on some awful cabbage soup or raw courgette diet. Give yourself a good month of being diligent and you should be able to get in shape and shift few a pounds in time for B-day (that's Beach-day!) Be realistic though, if you have got ALOT of weight to lose, you probably should have started a few months ago, so this really is if you need a bit of a flatter tummy and to feel slightly less wobbly when you're doing you're best Pamela Anderson impression.
If you're feeling a bit bunged up in the bottom department, this can cause unnecessary bloating which could be contributing to your muffin top. Getting enough water, and getting things 'moving' dans la toilette, will help to flush out any toxins. Staying regular is the key to good health! Now, you don't have chug down pints and pints of boring water all day. You can jazz it up with with some fresh lemon and lime, some cucumber and mint or even something fancy like orange slices and a cinnamon stick. Mmm. Ditch the sugar-laden fizzy pops, make yourself up a big jug of fancy water and get slurping!
Filling up on carbs at every meal is giving you that extra tyre around the middle. Fact. All that carbohydrate is being converted to glucose and then to fat which likes to gather on your midriff. It's like your midriff is the kitchen at a party of fat cells. Kick them out! They're not welcome in your kitchen. Bread and pasta can go for starters. When the waiter tantalisingly deposits his basket of bloating bread at your table, JUST SAY NO. My favourite carb-swap vegetables are anything you can put in a spiralizer - courgette and butternut squash make fabulous substitutes for pasta, and my new favourite 'Sweeghetti' (spiralized sweet potato) is LUSH. Roast it in the oven for crispy bits (mmm, crispy bits). Fill up on salads and veggie-laden stir-fries (minus the noodles), snack on carrot, celery and pepper strips dipped in mashed avocado, and ensure you're getting protein (fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, seeds) at meals to avoid blood sugar ups and downs (followed by cravings for a dumper-truck load of Dairy Milk)
Seriously, you need to move. The weight ain't going anywhere while you're sat on the sofa watching re-runs of Friends and marvelling at Rachel's hair and how young Joey looks. Get up and move your backside. Get your heart rate pumping, get a sweat on, feel the burn and shed some calories. Join a local bootcamp, go for a fast walk/slow run or even a fast run, dust the cobwebs off your bike and get it out of the shed, watch a HIIT video on YouTube. Enlist a girlfriend or two and set up a regular workout slot together - get some accountability going. There are so many options that don't have to cost a penny. How many times have you heard this phrase? "If I was rich, I'd be thin" B*ll*cks. You don't need to be rich, you just need a bit of motivation and disclipine. DO IT!
I've banged on about this before. Planning your meals and doing the food shopping according to your meal plan makes you less likely end up surviving on pasta and grated cheese. Doing things like making a double batch of your healthy supper to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day is really, really clever! Having a healthy breakfast like some eggs, a green smoothie or a bowl of Bircher muesli rather than a sugary bowl of cereal, or worse, no breakfast at all, can help to reduce cravings later in the day.