7 tips to get and stay lean this summer

It’s that time of year again when everyone commits to getting beach body ready, shedding those pounds and finally feeling confident on the beach.

And while we tend to dive in head first with the best intentions, life can quickly get in the way, stalling our progress, killing our motivation and completely throwing us of course.

Then before long the winter months start to creep up, and we commit to next year being the time we reach our goals, causing us to get stuck in a rinse and repeat cycle, bouncing from one diet to another and never feeling comfortable with who we are.

Does that sound all too familiar?

If so then it’s time for a change and today I’m going to share 7 ways that you can not only get lean for summer, but also stay that way all year round.

 1) Stop dieting, start living

If you really want to reach and maintain your ideal weight then you need to ditch the quick fix diets and instead eat to fuel your body with the nutrients it requires to thrive.

Yes in the short term you may lose weight quicker by drastically cutting your calories, but these changes never last, and you will more likely than not regain more weight when your eating habits return to normal.

 2) Plan ahead

You plan for everything else in your life and your health should be treated the same way, as a huge part of your success will come down to the plan you have in place.

No that doesn’t mean counting every calorie or weighing out every gram of rice, but you do need to think ahead for meals, schedule time to exercise, and prioritising what you need to get done, along with making time for yourself to unwind and relax.

Find out everything you need to know about planning here

 3) Change your mindset

One of the main reasons why people never make lasting change is they put too much focus on eating less and moving more, rather than looking at the core of the problem, which is their mindset, habits and relationships with food.

Without changing your mindset, you will remain stuck, as it’s the glue that holds everything else together and is the foundation on which a healthy lifestyle is built.

 4) Make sure you are properly hydrated

Water is essential for pretty much every function in your body, and not drinking enough can lead to a whole host of problems.

Upping your intake to at least 2 litres a day will kick-start your metabolism, boost your energy levels, focus and help you make better food choices.

Find out everything you need to know about water and dehydration here

 5) Train ‘smarter’

One of the biggest reasons cited as to why people don’t exercise is a lack of time, but you don’t need to be spending everyday in the gym to achieve the body of your dreams.

You’ll achieve far more in 20 minutes of plan structured around you than you will in an hour aimlessly bouncing around the gym.

Really short on time?

Then find something you can do at home or in a hotel room and make sure you do whatever you can to move more on a daily basis, whether that’s taking the stairs or walking to the shops.

6) Rethink your snacks

Excessive snacking tends to be a sure-fire way to sabotage your success, as it’s easily to overeat.

This is a big problem, especially when you are trying to lose weight, and that habit of grazing can quickly undo any hard work.

That’s why you need to become more mindful and change your relationships with food.

Work out are you snacking because you are hungry? Or is it because you are bored, lonely, stressed or simply because there’s food around?

Moving over to three balanced meals and stopping snacking all together may be exactly what you need to finally lose those inches.

7) Commit to a lifestyle change

The only real way to not only lose weight, but also keep it off is commit to a lifestyle change.

No that doesn’t mean giving up all your favourite foods and spending everyday in the gym, but instead means looking at your lifestyle on the whole.

This is a journey I went through myself, as a few years ago I was overweight, doing no exercise and spending most days eating cake and fried chicken on my coach, spending my days watching TV and playing video games.

I bought into the whole idea that being fit and healthy was all about making yourself miserable, eating bland boring foods and pushing yourself in activities you hate.

And the thought of that alone put me off even trying, and instead I just stayed stuck accepting how I was.

But what I’ve come to learn over the last few years is that this couldn’t be any further from the truth.

The reality is you can have it all, you just need a balanced approach where it’s not all or nothing and where you can see yourself doing it long term.

To make lasting change you essentially need 4 things:

–      Proper diet and nutrition

–      Healthier mindset and habits

–      Increased activity levels

–      Accountability

That’s why people don’t lose weight with all the latest trends, as those diet drinks may give you nutrition, but they don’t change your mindset, get you moving or keep you accountable.

And while those weight loss groups may give you nutrition and accountability, they don’t tackle the very core of the issue, which is your mindset, habits and behaviours, or get you to exercise.

And finally, those crazy workout plans don’t change your mindset, give you proper nutrition, or keep you accountable after a long day when you lack motivation and energy.

Starting to see a trend on why none of them get lasting results?

What do you think?

Share your thoughts, questions and other ways you’ve found to lose weight below.

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