How I’m Prepping for Swimsuit Season
Now that the weather is heating up, it’s time to get down to business. As pool parties, beach days, and vacations start to pick up, I’m trying to focus on getting back into bikini shape. The following are some tips for trimming and toning that I have gathered from friends and a couple that have worked for me in the past.
Set a weight goal. Your goal should go beyond numbers on a scale because your weight can often be misleading if you are building muscle as you lose fat. Instead, strive to fit into your old jeans or run a 7-minute mile. These benchmarks will motivate you to keep working hard rather than fixate on your weight.
Drink water. This one is an oldie, but a goodie. Water can help fill up your tummy, so you snack less. I try to drink a full glass of water before every meal, so I do not overeat. Staying hydrated takes some dedication. Keep a water bottle with you at all times—while running errands, hitting the gym, and working.
Meal prep. Making a lunch in the morning is out of the question when I am running out the door, so I try to go to the grocery store Sunday night and get the ingredients for a few simple lunches, so I can prepare them all at the beginning of the week. Then I just toss them in a to-go container and grab one from the fridge in the morning. This prevents me from eating fast food or snacking on chips when I don’t have time to make lunch. Trying to be healthy on-the-go can be tough, so organizing your lunches beforehand takes away any temptations.
Try H.I.I.T. This stands for High Intensive Interval Training. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Don’t let the name deter you; it’s a great way to increase metabolism and improve endurance. H.I.I.T. classes are made up of short, intense bursts of physical activity paired with intervals of short rests. This type of training can help your body burng calories at a higher rate even an hour after you’ve finished your workout.
Look into TeaTox-ing. I have been seeing detox teas all over the place recently. Celebrities from Kylie Jenner to Britney Spears are promoting different brands on their social media accounts. These teas are designed to curb appetite, boost metabolism, and kick-start weight loss. However, they are meant to work in conjunction with good diet and frequent exercise. Before you just pick your favorite celebrity endorser, do a little research on top-rated detox teas.
Schedule a CoolSculpting session. Sometimes living a healthy lifestyle just isn’t enough. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses precise cooling temperatures to freeze and eliminate stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. According to aesthetic physician Dr. Anitha Reddy, CoolSculpting at her Tampa practice can be an effective permanent solution for reducing fat … and helping you look great in that new bikini.
Caffeinate your workout. Feeling sluggish will prevent you from getting a good workout. Try drinking a cup of coffee 30 minutes before you hit the gym. This will give you the energy to get through that last set of squats or sprint that last quarter mile.
Skip the apps. When you do treat yourself to eating out, don’t spoil it by loading up on bread or tortilla chips while you wait for your meal. I usually ask my waiter to bring out only waters before the main course. Otherwise, the chips and guac is too tempting—out of site, out of mind.
Substitute the margarita. Alcohol is where a lot of people go wrong. Drinks like margaritas and lemon drops are loaded with sugar and extra calories. Not only that, but they are also a recipe for a gnarly hangover. Instead, try a shot of vodka, a splash of soda water, and a squeeze of lime. This low-calorie drink won’t ruin your health kick and tastes super refreshing! Try to drink water in between each drink as well—this will help prevent a headache the next day.
Get Some Rest: Without a good night’s sleep, you will have no energy to take on your day. Typically, when you are running low on fuel, workouts get skipped and healthy eating flies out the window. Make an effort to get your sleep schedule on track. Getting enough hours of sleep is a stepping stone towards being a healthier, more productive person.
Following these 10 tips will help erase a winter full of cookie-eating and Netflix-watching. In the end, looking your best also involves feeling your best. Being confident about your body is the best way to tackle swimsuit season.