Be beach-body ready all year round
If you’ve worked hard this year to get beach-body ready, we hope you’re still enjoying the rewards. But what if you could keep that fit, toned body all year round? It’s true! But it’s up to you.
I’m not talking about magic potions or pills. I’m talking about changing your mindset from thinking healthy eating and fitness only comes around once a year. Sure – the thought of slipping on a bikini is great motivation for getting your butt into gear and getting fit. But if you stay on track all year round, you’ll be far better off for it. Here are just a few tips we’ve put together to help switch your mind from seasonal fitness (or unfitness) to all-year-round good health.
Crush crash diets
If you think a pre-holiday crash diet is a harmless way to trim down, think again. For a start, limiting your food intake to lettuce leaves and carrot sticks, meal replacements or diet pills rarely works. But more importantly, it can be dangerous. Even if you do see some results on the outside, there’s a whole lot of hidden stuff happening inside your body which is bad for you. Here’s why:
You’ll lose water weight
Seeing the kilos drop on your scales might put a smile on your dial, but don’t be fooled. You’ll have lost water and muscle, not fat. It’s a cruel way to treat your body and can harm your wellbeing in the long run. As well as depleting your energy levels, it’s downright counterproductive for shedding fat. When you deprive it of food, your body simply goes into ‘survival’ mode, holding onto fat for longer…and storing every bit of fat that passes your lips.
If you cut fat out from your diet completely, you’re cutting the good fats out as well as the bad. Which means you’ll deprive your body of essential fatty acids – again, essential for a healthy metabolism.
Your metabolism will slow down
Being starved of water, fat-burning muscle, and essential fatty acids, your metabolism will start to slow down. Which means you’ll burn even fewer calories a day than before your started.
You may develop deficiencies
Limiting your food intake to a few ‘diet’ foods is likely to leave your body deficient of essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and iron. You’ll ultimately lack the sustenance you need to keep muscles strong, bones healthy and your metabolism working well.
Strike a balance
There’s a reason yo-yo dieting is a thing. And if you’ve ever dieted, you’ll know exactly why – because as soon as you stop, you’ll just bounce back to where you were before (or be worse off).
The problem isn’t always the diet (providing it’s a healthy and balanced one). It’s thinking that eating well only has to last for a week or two, every now and then. Instead, if you thought of healthy eating as a way of life, you’ll be healthier for life. It’s that simple.
Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian or vegan, it’s about finding a good mix of foods that work for you – making sure you get all your protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats along the way. Then sticking to it. Before you know it, you’ll have switched from ‘diet’ mindset to ‘lifestyle’ way of thinking, and you’ll be leaner and better off for it.
Look forward to working out
Just like eating habits, staying fit is a lifestyle choice. You need to do more than hit the treadmill or do a few crunches once in a blue moon to get results. It’s about putting time aside in your week to work out – 30 mins, three times a week is a good place to start. If you keep things fresh, mix things up and enjoy what you do, you’ll look forward to your workout and stick to it. Check out our other blog about making your ‘get fit day’ today.
But don’t just rely on workouts to stay active. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk to the shops instead of driving your car, get stuck into the garden, wash the dog, play outside with the kids…these getting stuck into everyday life will keep you fitter, too.
Rather than letting your hard work go to ruin over the colder months ahead, decide here and now to switch to a healthier approach to life. You’ll not only look and feel amazing the whole year through, but when summer rolls around next year, you’ll be full of confidence to strut your stuff in the sun – without a diet or fierce fat-burning regime in sight.
– Team Anarchy