7-Step Weight Loss Plan For This Summer

By Joe Success - 5:16 AM

It's easy to cover up some extra weight with a bulky sweater. But when the temperatures rise, there's just nowhere to hide the body fat. Summer is the period of time in which everyone wants to look good to be able to enjoy a peaceful time with more confidence at the beach. Here, ten tricks that will help you get that summer body effectively and fast.

1. Choose Your Carbs Wisely

Highly refined carbohydrates will spike blood-sugar levels and encourage the pancreas to produce insulin, which both eases the accumulation of body fat, and then guards against its reduction. Swap those unhealthy refined carbs for slow-burning, unrefined ones: jumbo oats, brown basmati rice, stone-ground wholemeal bread. Which is just a small change, but it will have a big impact on your journey to lose weight.

2. Drink With Moderation

At the end of a hot day, it's easy to down a few frozen margaritas or chilled sangrias just to stay cool. But that's packing on hundreds of calories. If you want a cocktail, instead try tequila and seltzer on the rocks. When a drink doesn't take like a Slurpee (we're looking at you, frozen mango-strawber-rita!) you sip more slowly and take in far fewer calories, says nutritionist Stephen Gullo.

3. Try To walk More

to ensure that you are burning the proper amount of calories each week. Try a 15-20min walk after the big meals. This will help to reduce glucose levels which in turn will reduce insulin levels and balance fat metabolism in the body.

4. Stick to a strict eating plan 5-6 days per week

and then give yourself a meal or two on other days to eat out and indulge a little - you will find your food plan much easier to stick to if you do it this way.

5. Junk the juice

Fruit juice is a higher sugar, lower-nutrient version of its source — and it contains less fiber, too. Besides, plenty of the nutritional goodies in fruit are concentrated in the skins, which tend to be lost in juicing. If you want apple juice, eat the apple, and have a glass of water with it.

6. Finish each meal with a green tea

the powerful polyphenols and caffeine have been shown to increase fat burning and while only in small amounts, every little bit counts.

7. Say “no” when it’s dark

Make it a goal to try to stop eating once it is dark outside. Studies have shown that there is something about the dark evening hours that can cause individuals to overeat. This night-eating syndrome can be particularly problematic for many people, including me! And while there is no science to support the theory that calories at night are more readily converted to fat on your body, there is a good chance that if you are eating too much at night, you are probably eating too many calories overall. By cutting off your nighttime noshing, you’ll also get a better night’s sleep, and wake up feeling rested and energized.

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