• that doing a number of crunches until you cannot laugh will get you ready to ‘pounce’ in that bikini, come summer.
• that (endless) running will get you the legs like Maria Sharapova
• that using weights will make you look like a man.
Truth be told, I come from a long line of great genes, so my struggles may differ from yours. I’ve always had a six-pack ‘waiting to pop’. However my love for bakery goods forever locks the door to that ‘pop’.
Look, going to gym is the
easiest easier thing in the world. But you won’t get the desired look you unless you put in the ‘hours’ in eating correctly.
When they say it’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, they aren’t feeding you fib.
My friends at Planet Fitness put something together to ensure your ‘desired look’ with their amazing eating guide. I totally swear by this regimen, as it’s very easy to maintain.
Try it for a month and you will too.
Here’s to a great summer bod – you can thank me later 😉
Upon waking up, drink a large glass of water, try it warm/boiling water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and or fresh sliced ginger.
You must eat something within 2 hours of waking up – this will help kick start your metabolism. Eating breakfast can have a noticeable effect on a person’s performance during the day; problem-solving skills sharpen up if you’ve had a good start.
If you feel you must have a carb or starch then have it in the morning. Try always opting for a low G.I option.
Mid morning snack
You must have a snack here. Eat every 2 – 3 hours.
As said before, if you go for an extended periods without eating something, your body thinks that it is starving and goes into storage mode. It then holds and stores all the food that you have eaten, instead of burning it for energy.
Fruit and Veggies are lower in calories & loaded with vitamins & minerals, antioxidants and fibre, compared to sugary and refined carbohydrates “snacky foods”.
So be sure to eat 2 servings of fruit and 5 – 6 servings of vegetables each day.
Avocado, biltong, protein shake, dried fruit, nuts & pumpkin seeds, veggie sticks with hummus past or pesto, ryvita and low fat cottage cheese or low fat yoghurt & goji berries, are all good options.
Take a break!
Get away from the work area, even if it’s a quick 20 min to eat and take your mind off work. Phone a friend, listen to music or even go for a short walk to stretch the legs and get fresh air and blood to the brain.
It will improve concentration and also assist the body to break down toxins that have built up during the morning.
When ever possible try swop your lunch with your dinner. Its much healthier to eat a bigger lunch than supper, as you don’t need to go to bed with a full stomach.
If you swop supper with lunch, you will have the rest of the day to break it down & use all the calories & nutrients. All the unused energy from the big meal at night will be stored as fat.
Enjoy your lunch time, you deserve it!
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