A clean diet and intense workouts are the key to a beach-ready body. Summer is around the corner, so don’t wait until the last moment to get in shape. Most people need at least six weeks to see optimal results. Depending on your fat to muscle ratio, you’ll need to do more cardio, lift heavier, or reduce your calorie intake. If you have little fat, focus on strength training and eat fewer carbs. This way you’ll shed that last bit of fat and make your abs more visible.
Here are three easy tips for getting your body ready for the beach:
Take Your Carbs from Veggies
For the start, remove sweets and refined sugars from your diet. Take your carbs from green leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, seaweed, and avocado. Avoid whole grains, oats, barley, and rice. Whole foods are beneficial for health, but they may cause your body to hold water and make you look bloated.
Steer Clear of Processed Foods
Junk food, desserts, pre-packed meals, and baked goods are loaded with sugar and trans fats. They also contain high amount of sodium, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Processed foods have little or no nutritional value, and can cause serious health problems. Of course, you can have a cookie once in awhile as long as you don’t make a habit out of it.
Do More Cardio
Too much cardio can lead to muscle loss and ruin your hard work at the gym. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do cardio at all. Studies indicate that doing 30 minutes of cardio four times a week doesn’t affect muscle growth. It’s actually a great way to activate more muscle fibers, boost your cardiovascular endurance, and burn fat. Cardio may also reduce muscle soreness after strength training, so you’ll recover faster. For best results, focus on high intensity interval training.