What is it about weight? At this stage in life as soon as I shed a bit of weight I only have to look at a yummy sandwich and I can feel my waist expanding again.
It is so so hard to keep the weight from creeping on (and on) while living the lifestyle I really want to live! If I stop drinking wine, refrain from eating bread, eat small portions of everything else (always) cut down or cut out saturated fat and sugar, and exercise hard for an hour a day, I can just about maintain what I call my fighting weight.
Oh the road to gold is paved with good intention isn’t it?
In reality a strict regime isn’t going to happen for me because it doesn’t fit in with my busy life (nor my social life), so I have to plan other more devious ways to keep healthy and reasonably trim.
Change how you look and feel
So when I discovered a Slim and Trim Trim App from Kiqplan I was keen to give it a try and I’ve just downloaded it on my phone. It’s like having your own personal trainer, a digital coach, and the claim is that it will help you change the way you look and feel in 12 weeks. You follow step targets and work-out videos, and there are healthy recipes to try along with advice about nutrition – Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime I have one App to giveaway – Slim and Trim (which I’m having a go at) But if you want to purchase there are others to choose from Beer Belly Blaster, Bikin Hot or Your First 5K. To win a Slim and Trim app (valued at just under 20 Pounds Sterling) check out the terms and conditions at the end of this post. The best weight loss tip in the comments will be the winner.
Onto some tips from Ayo who’s written a post with some easy to implement weight loss ideas for shaping up in time for next summer. Yes, those of you in the southern hemisphere still have time, and in the north – c’mon, it’s not too late!
Healthy Weight Loss Tips to Shape Up for Summer
If you’re keen to get into shape for a summer spent on a beach or by the pool, now is the time to start your weight loss program.
By following some relatively simple weight loss tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a more active and confident time.
1. Give your metabolism a boost in the mornings
Any weight loss plan must include strategies aimed at boosting your metabolism, and the perfect time to do this is during the mornings.
By combining a rigorous workout with a hearty breakfast, you should be able to increase the rate at which your body burns fat for the rest of the day. Start your days with a run or cycle ride (or whatever exercise you enjoy) and fuel your body with good carbohydrates and protein.
A good morning routine should get your metabolism working over-time for the remainder of the day – allowing you to indulge in a few summer treats once in a while.
2. Diet Tip: Avoid the temptation to slash your calorie intake
We all like to indulge in treats. However, some people will starve themselves in an attempt to ‘bank’ calories for indulgences at barbecues and parties. This could be a recipe for disaster.
Depriving your body of energy will send it into starvation mode. Your body will start to conserve energy wherever possible, and this means your metabolism will slow considerably. Eat little and often to keep your internal engine running, but make sure you don’t exceed your daily allowance of calories. A Kiqplan weight diet and exercise plan will help you to strike the right balance between calories burned and calories consumed.
3. Use every opportunity to exercise
This doesn’t necessarily mean pounding the treadmill or lifting weights. If you can incorporate regular activity into your daily routine, you will burn fat consistently throughout the day.
What does this mean in practice? Well, it might mean walking instead of taking the car. It could mean using the stairs instead of the elevator. It could be something simple like walking to the park to eat lunch instead of eating at your desk. The summer is a great time to exercise outdoors, so make sure you utilize it.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that an effective workout regime for weight loss must include both cardiovascular and resistance training. While aerobic exercise burns fat, a denser muscle mass increases a person’s metabolism – which means fat is burned faster and more consistently.
4. Drink green tea
Green tea has active ingredients called polyphenols, which are antioxidants that are believed to speed up metabolism. Research has shown that the catechins found in green tea enhance fat oxidation and thermogenesis, which is the creation of heat during the digestion process. Drinking five cups of green tea a day can help your body to burn an extra 90 calories.
5. Moderate your alcohol consumption
Alcohol is one of the most difficult temptations to avoid for some people during the summer. Whether it is being served with meals in the sunshine, at barbecues or during garden parties, alcohol is often an integral part of summer activities.
There is no need to deprive yourself of the odd tipple here and there, but moderation is essential. A large glass of red wine, for instance, contains around the same number of calories as a donut. Generally speaking, sticking to clear alcohol such as vodka and gin is the best way to limit your calorie intake while drinking. You can combine these drinks with real fruit juice to give yourself a vitamin boost – which might counteract some of the unwanted side-effects of alcohol.
Successful weight loss plans are those that can be sustained indefinitely. While getting into shape for the summer might be a top priority, the worst thing you can do is to simply regain the pounds you struggled to lose for the summer. By making sensible and sustainable lifestyle changes, your summer weight loss can last you a lifetime.
Disclaimer: I am not a diet, keep fit or nutrition expert and any advice offered on Lifestyle Fifty applies to things that I want to try or which work for me. Before following any tips posted on this blog please consult with your Doctor or Health Professional. This guest post was sponsored by Kiqplan and I was gifted a Kiqplan App for editorial consideration.
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Update: And the winner is Jan.