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Shape Up For The Summer



Summer is probably the best season of all to lose weight. The weather means exercising outdoors is fun, enjoyable and free. There is also a wealth of natural, healthy food around such as fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood just waiting to help you eat yourself slim.  Combine these two factors with some self-discipline and you'll be well set up for your summer weight loss plan.

So I will break this down into a simple 5 step plan which if followed virtually guarantees you'll lose weight fast, effectively and safely.

1) Focus Is Everything
There is no point in starting a weight loss plan half-heartedly. You'll only get half-hearted results.  So focus your mind, decide you are going to give 100% this time to get the very best results possible.  Give total focus to every aspect whether it's exercising or preparing healthy, nutritious meals.  Don't "cheat" by missing activity sessions or buying takeaways on a whim.

2) Eat Five or Six Small Meals a Day
Spread out your eating habits to consume 5 to 6 small meals a day.  Doing so will greatly increase your body's fat burning ability.  Each meal should consist of a portion of protein, one of carbohydrates and some water to drink.  Try to eat several portions of fruit and vegetables during the day to maximize your intake of vitamins and minerals.
Ideal protein sources include cottage cheese, chicken, turkey, seafood, skimmed milk and protein drinks from health food shops.
Suitable carbohydrate sources include pasta, rice, jacket potatoes, cereal, fruit, vegetables and brown bread.

3) Aerobic Exercise
Aim to walk, run, cycle or swim for 20-30 minutes a day 5 days a week.  Doing so gets you into a pattern that becomes easier to stick to after a few weeks to the point that you don't even have to think about it, the exercise almost becomes automatic.

4) Work Your Muscles
Muscles need a lot of energy to support.  By adding lean muscle to your body you will naturally burn more energy even whilst at rest, so try working out with weights either at the gym or at home 2-3 evenings a week to increase your results.  You will also burn more calories after weight training so you'll burn fat as well as toning up.

5) Stay Motivated
Find ways to keep yourself going.  Some people find it easy to start a programme, but hard to keep going over the long term.  Others find it hard to start, but that it gets easier after a while.  What type of person are you? Try to work it out and use a personal trainer, friends and family to keep you on track.

Try making small changes that will improve your health by allowing you to consume less calories and burn more off.  Walk instead of driving if possible, eat fresh fruit instead of convenience foods, take the stairs as opposed to the lift or elevator and so on.  These small changes will add up to make a very real difference to your life.  Follow these 5 simple steps and you'll be losing weight in no time.


To Your Health and fitness - Jago


Authors Name: Jago Holmes, New Image Fitness Limited

Telephone: 01422 836157

Email: jago@anewimage.co.uk

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