How to design a better body: 10 valuable tips
Everyone dreams about a perfect body. Especially in summer. Especially before a trip to the sea. But to achieve a truly impressive result few managed. And those incredible beauties who can boast of a flawless form, lead popular blogs and collect thousands of “likes”. It is with them that we decided to talk about health, nutrition and sports!
Especially for VOICE, fitness bloggers and nutrition experts gave their “golden advice” to help in the fight for a perfect body. Explore and find out what you’ve been doing wrong so far.
Eat sweets in the morning.
Remember, there are no “forbidden” foods! The mistake many people make is to rigidly and drastically limit their cravings. Of course, if you eat fried potatoes every night and indulge yourself with dessert, you will not have a healthy and toned body. But you can’t hold out on severe dieting for long, either. For myself, I have identified the golden rule: 1-2 times a week, in the morning before 12 noon, I allow myself a small piece of “crap”. This is especially true for girls, because we all need a moral discharge and the appearance that we are not on a diet. This rule won’t hurt your figure, but it also only works if you follow a proper, sensible diet every day and have a regular workout!
Exercise to get a good night’s sleep
Proper exercise has a positive effect on the quality of sleep, because during exercise, hormones are released that help normalize the body’s internal processes. In fact, it doesn’t really matter how many hours you spend in bed, it’s important that you wake up rested. The correlation here is direct: the more you move, the better quality of your sleep.
Drink cold water.
We all want to lose some “weight” for summer and look perfect in your favorite bikini, and therefore we want to burn as many calories as possible. I share a secret: every time, throughout the day, drink ice water, not room temperature, as we are usually taught. In order to warm it up to body temperature and assimilate it, the body will spend extra energy, which means the total calorie consumption during the day will be much higher! Good luck in losing weight!
Don’t starve and don’t sit on a diet
There is such a common belief that in order to lose weight quickly you need to starve yourself. I’m telling you, by no means starve yourself! Yes, psychologically it is difficult to believe it, I myself at the beginning of my journey could not be comfortable with it, but after a week of systematic dieting I saw the result – minus 4 kilograms. Let’s look at starvation: you have decided to lose weight, you choose starvation, saying that I am calm about food, the main thing is that I want to be thin, I have to be able to stand it. But the stronger the hunger, the less motivation you have – soon you will no longer see yourself as slim. When the strongest hunger comes, it is very natural to have thoughts like: “Ouch! I live once! I’m going to go eat a piece of cake!” And what happens? You snap and gain even more extra weight than you did before you started losing weight. Don’t starve yourself and get out of this vicious cycle of dieting. Diets don’t work. Period.
Wake up with an attitude.
There are some people who are ready to conquer the world when they barely open their eyes, and there are those who can barely remember their name in the first minutes after waking up. We all develop our own morning habits, we are all different, and that’s fine! How about introducing something new into your morning routine? For example, getting up early and exercising in the morning? I would recommend starting your morning not with a cup of refreshing coffee, but with yoga – do at least a few simple asanas!
Don’t forget to eat breakfast.
Try not to skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal, the first meal after sleep, and its purpose is to restore our strength and full of energy for the day. Like any meal, breakfast should consist of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. Products that are ideal for breakfast: toasted whole wheat bread with cheese, fruits, cereals, dairy products, eggs. Combine them properly and you can prepare a delicious meal. For those who stick to a workout regimen, I recommend drinking a quick protein before breakfast – a casein shake, for example.
Gyms tend to be empty in the summer, but, alas, not all gym-goers head outdoors to work out. Don’t just let yourself laze around in the sun! Trust me, you’ll get a lot more benefit and enjoyment from playing sports outdoors. Buy a mat, a body bar, dumbbells and start doing at least simple exercises in the park. The result will soon be reflected in your figure!
Eat often and in small portions.
The biggest mistake that losing weight girls make is trying to eat as little and less often as possible. As a matter of fact, such a regimen only slows down your metabolism and makes your weight “stand up”. The golden rule of healthy eating – eat often, at intervals of 2-4 hours, but in small portions of 200-250 ml. Of course, it should not be a piece of chocolate cake, but a balanced meal.
Find the right motivation
My main engine is the right motivation. It’s important to be smart about working on your body and laying things out. It’s often easy for us to say how we want to look or what we want to change about ourselves. But there is a long way between the starting point and the finish line, and if we want to reach our goal in an adequate time frame with health benefits and strong nerves, we should not go with the flow. The main thing to start with is to figure out what you need it all for. In fact, each of us has individual needs: health, beauty, youth, recovery, stamina… Take a piece of paper and formulate your own priorities. What is important in your situation and why do you need to keep yourself in shape? It’s important to start working on your body with your head and the right thoughts. Knowing “why,” you can overcome any “how.”
Forget the excuses.
The most important and path to success is to BEGIN over yourself, over your excuses, your reasons and their consequences, over your laziness and insecurity… That’s where it all starts! And it’s not just about sports, but about your life in general. You shouldn’t be interested in why things don’t work out. You should be interested in what you did to make it work. Belief in yourself and determination will always give a good harvest, but patience is also very important. Don’t expect visible results the very next day after the first session, because your work on your body is a systematic work.