7 ways to welcome swimsuit season in style!

Summer’s here and it’s time for sun, sand and skimpier clothing. Are you summer-ready? Or, could your face and body do with a few nips and tweaks to see in the summer months in real style

 

7 ways to welcome swimsuit season in style1. Power up your breakfast:

Many studies show that starting your day with a protein based brekkie kick starts your metabolism and helps to prevent unhealthy pre-lunch snacking. Opt for wholegrain toast with peanut butter, smoked salmon with scrambled egg or a tasty Nutrimeal with extra berries for an antioxidant boost. With its high protein, high fibre formulation, it’s a quick way to enjoy brekkie on the go.

2. Watch your drinks:

Get a handle on your calorie intake. Some studies suggest that a massive 20 per cent of your daily calories come from drinks. So a large cappuccino (400ml) provides around 220 calories similar to a glazed doughnut (228) or a hamburger (234). Whilst a large glass of wine (250ml) provides 170 calories, similar to two party pies. Use your online diary to keep track of your daily calorie expenditure (try myfitnesspal.com or easydietdiary.com). Drinking water in general gives your skin that healthy glow but when you add a little lemon to the mix, which is high in the antioxidant vitamin C. you’ll also be helping with blemishes and wrinkles!

3. Cut down on sugar:

Sugar is high in calories and low in nutrients. Digesting sugar triggers a surge in the hormone insulin. Too much insulin in your system promotes fat-storage.

Most of the sugar we eat is hidden in packaged and processed foods, especially yoghurts, sauces, muesli bars, breakfast cereals and spreads.

High sugar drinks like fruit juice, soft drink and sports drink are likewise laden with calories while failing to satisfy your appetite.

Cut back on processed foods and drink plenty of fresh, clear water to keep your sugar intake to a minimum.

Love your sweet treats? Discover effective ways to curb your cravings for sugar – opt for low GI wherever you can to keep your blood glucose levels steady.

4. Up your cardio:

Exercise is not only the most effective way to burn up excess calories but also improves the vital flow of oxygen to the brain, lowering stress levels and improving powers of concentration.

For a quick transformation, cadio is best. It burns fat and tones muscles for a sleeker silhouette. Regularly running up hills targets the large muscles of your thighs, bottom and calves working your body harder. When you’re inside, sprint up the staircase.

Start slowly and get the OK from your GP if you aren’t used to exercise or have a medical condition. Aim for three to five 30-minute runs per week.

5. Work with weights:

Weights are great for both men and women. Adding three sessions of weight training to your weekly exercise plans helps to tone and tighten the muscles. And, because muscles need a lot more energy just to exist compared to the storage material that is fat, fat reserves are broken down and used to feed the muscles so the more muscle you have, the more you’ll boost your metabolic rate – the rate at which you burn calories. If you don’t have weights or don’t go to a gym, working with your own body weight can bring brilliant results, too.

Aim for 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions for eau of these:

You may want to ask an experienced/trained person to guide you so you’re doing the exercise properly and not straining yourself. Plus, give your body time to rest and repair – don’t do weight exercises on consecutive days.

6. Fill up – don’t fill out:

If you are trying to lose weight, the upcoming season is perfect time! Tuck into summer’s freshest vegetables and fruits that can help satisfy your appetite without filling you out. Load up your plate with veggies such as asparagus, bok choy, capsicums, celery, cucumber, water cress, lettuces and mushroom. These veggies are rich in water and provide few calories so pile them high!

7. Buddy up:

Buddies are best because your buddy can keep you focused when your willpower is low and vice versa. It helps to boost enjoyment and a sense of achievement. And, when you reach your goals, you and your buddy can celebrate in style – with a non-consumable treat, of course, such as manicure or a massage or a trip to see your favourite music band.

Supplemental facts:

1. Essentials – for a complete nutritional supplement that provides minerals and a wide range of vitamins and antioxidants. Contains vitamin C needed to protect the body from oxidative stress which can come with the increase in exercise.

2.Nutrimeal – provides low GI high fibre, high protein complete meal to help fill you up and curb cravings so you can persevere with your better health plans. Take your efforts to the next level.

3. If with the increase in exercise comes more stress and strain on your joints, try Procosamine. Its potent antioxidant mix will help ease joint pain.

4. BiOmega – a wonderfully pure source of  essential omega-3 fats in therapeutic concentration. Most of us fall short on these fats that the body can’t make but which you’ll find in oily fish like salmon and fresh tuna.

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