While healthy eating and regular workouts are surefire ways to shed pounds – and keep them off long-term – sometimes you just need a little instant gratification! Follow these easy strategies to jump-start a healthier you and feel your absolute best, ASAP.
Brush your bod
Dry brushing is an effective, DIY way to score the benefits of lymphatic drainage. Dry brushing before your shower (starting from the feet and working your way up) smooths skin, minimizes cellulite, boosts endorphins and circulation, and supports muscle tone. In other words, it’s a great way to boost your confidence when you’re baring it all at the beach!
Make healthy fats your friend
Fats were given a bad rap in the ‘90s. Those days are over. Healthy fats like nuts, seeds, fatty fish and avocados are incredibly beneficial for improving your cholesterol levels, keeping your lungs working properly, and nourishing your skin and hair. If you’re going to skip a food, nix highly processed sugar instead.
Cut back on alcohol
Sorry, but those are just empty calories that offer next to nothing by way of nutrition. In addition to the calories saved from cutting out booze, you’ll also be less likely to overeat – alcohol (and the lowered inhibitions that come with it) is one of the biggest drivers of excessive food intake. Sip refreshing fruit-spiked water to stay slim and hydrated.
Get your ‘om’ on
High stress equals elevated cortisol levels. When the stress hormone spikes in your body, it can lead to excess belly fat. Take a few minutes each day that focus on deep breathing, or download an app to walk you through a guided meditation.
High-intensity interval training (periods of intense exercise followed by short resting periods) can increase your metabolism, burn calories from fat and carbohydrates, and keep burning calories long after you finish exercising. In fact, just 15 minutes of HIIT burns more calories than jogging on a treadmill for an hour! Kickboxing is a prime example of HIIT that will give you countless benefits. Visit our website today to find an ILKB studio near you.
No, this doesn’t mean scarfing down five full meals in one day! Space out your recommended calorie intake with three normal meals and two snacks. For example, have breakfast (ideally within one hour of waking or after a morning workout), lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and one more evening snack. This will speed up your metabolism and prevent your body from going into starvation mode, which causes the body to store fat for future energy.
Balance it out
Make no food totally off-limits. Studies have found that seeing foods as “forbidden” can increase your cravings for them. But, do try and balance it with another element. “Adding protein or fat to high-carb foods slows down the absorption capability, and minimizes the insulin response. Plus, you deserve a treat now and then for all your hard work.