With the impending arrival of summer comes the need to get into shape. You want to make sure you have your summer beach body ready when it’s time to have fun in the sun. To do that, you need to take action without another moment’s delay.
Consider Plans You Can Stick To
To have your beach body ready to go, you need to think about choosing a fitness diet plan that you can stick to. They’re not all the same and if you pick one that you find too hard, too boring or just isn’t doing the job for you, then you’re going to end up getting discouraged and abandoning it before you achieve your goals.
You’ll want to consider a few things when you’re trying to decide on a plan. Think about the amount of money that you have to invest in your fitness and diet. Some plans can be expensive, and you don’t want to start something you won’t be able to afford after a few weeks.
When considering what you can spend on your plan, you have to look at everything that goes along with it. Some of them might want you to buy supplement products or others might have you purchasing instructional videos.
Sometimes people think that if they spend a lot of money, it means the fitness plan will give them the exact beach body that they want. But keep in mind that expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option for you.
You also want to keep in mind any extra issues or constraints that you may have. If the plan has you eating a lot of foods that don’t go along with your particular needs, then it won’t work out.
For example, if the diet plan calls for a lot of fast paced workouts, but you’re still nursing an injury or you have a mobility limiting health problem, then that won’t work for you. You also want to factor in the convenience level for you.
If you’re someone who’s hard pressed for time and you’re always on the go, then choosing a plan that calls for making everything from scratch at home may not be the best selection for you.
If you don’t have time to make healthy food choices that can help get you the beach body you want, then you need the simplicity of having those meals readymade. When choosing a plan, you also have to consider if you’re good to handle it on your own or if you need more guidance.
Having someone in your corner to cheer you on and give you instruction through your fitness goals can be the difference between failure and success if you have a hard time going it alone.
To get the future beach body you want, you have to look back. Think over what you’ve done before. If you did something that was successful before, then consider trying that plan again.
But if you tried to lose weight and get fit in the past and it didn’t work out, then you need to know why. You don’t want history to repeat itself – not when summer is fast approaching.
If you had a fitness plan before and couldn’t stick with it, then examine why that happened. This will help you to avoid problems with a new plan. If your prior plan was too boring so you didn’t stick with it, then your beach body plan needs to offer you more variety.
Choosing a plan that you can stick to will help you achieve your beach body in time for summer. You want something you can commit to for several months at a time, so progress is on the horizon – not something you’ll walk away from shortly after you get started.
Be Careful Not to Sabotage Your Nutrition
When you want to lose weight so you can get into shape for summer, it can be tempting to take a few shortcuts. One of these shortcuts might be foregoing nutrition so that you drop the weight quickly.
Eating healthy to get the right nutrition is the best way that you can lose weight and get fit. You don’t want to hurt your health just for a few weeks’ worth of looking good. The best way to make sure you don’t sabotage your nutrition is to make sure that your eating plan is filled with foods that are nutritionally dense.
This means eating lean meats and including more fish or poultry while avoiding processed or fast food meats, which are full of chemicals. Keep your nutrition on course by choosing foods like leafy green vegetables and plenty of fresh fruits.
Give up eating foods that are packaged for convenience. These foods are high in salt, fat and just aren’t good for you. If something is a grab and go item, then it’s usually bad for your health.
That means you should stay away from those. Let go of empty calories. You’ll usually find those in beverages like sodas. Consider the carbs when you think about nutrition. You can drop your carbs and eat a low carb diet to get fit faster without undermining your health.
You might think that following a quick fit plan would be best, but anything that involves you not eating healthy is not good for your body. Especially if it’s a fad diet. Fad diets rob you of nutrition and can be extremely dangerous.
To get the beach body you want, you have to protect your nutrition. Any plan that severely limits your food intake, or has you skipping meals might not be one that’s best for you.
There are plenty of diets you can follow to obtain a beach body. The ones that focus on good nutrition, filling meals, healthy snacks and steady weight loss will help you lose weight the right way – and keep it off.
Most of the low carb diets, diets for diabetics or diets for people with heart health issues are great to follow. Some people choose to follow a low fat diet, but you want to be careful with these kinds of diets.
Low fat doesn’t necessarily equal nutritious. In fact, many of these eating plans have you eating a lot of carbohydrates found in foods that are known to cause health problems.
When you’re ready to choose an eating plan, look for one that gives you three meals or five to six smaller ones per day. Make sure that snacks are part of the menu. You’ll want to ignore any kind of weight loss plan that sounds too good to be true.
Pick a Plan that Targets Your Trouble Areas
While you can choose from a selection of different diets, it’s always best to choose one that’s customizable to whatever your personal needs are. Some people struggle with getting their tummy in shape.
Other people have a problem with bloating. You might have inflammation that causes you to struggle. Pick a plan that can deal with that. Your summer fitness diet should be one that targets the areas you have the most trouble with.
If you do that, then you’ll have greater success. If you’ve been having trouble getting your tummy in shape and it’s been making you wonder if you’ll ever get the beach body that you want, rest assured that there is a way to deal with that.
While it can sometimes appear that you might have a lot of abdominal fat, that might not be the case. Sometimes, just eating the wrong foods can cause your stomach to pooch out.
You might feel like you’ve gained weight in that area. If that sounds like what you’re dealing with, then you might be having a problem with abdominal bloating. This can happen whether you’re a man or a woman and the older that you get, the more likely it is that a sagging or protruding tummy is connected to bloating.
This can be caused by eating certain foods – especially foods that are high in fiber. Your stomach pooch might be caused by eating beans or broccoli, by having dairy products and even certain fruits such as apples.
Choose a summer fitness diet that avoids consumption of foods that are known to cause bloating. If you do this, you’ll notice a marked improvement. For people who struggle with tummy fat that’s not caused by bloating, you’ll want to focus your diet plan on eating foods that are known to promote a slimmer stomach, thanks to their minerals or insulin leveling ability.
Some of these are foods like bananas, green tea, yogurt and avocados. Having a problem with inflammation in the body can cause you to have all sorts of fitness issues including bloating, swelling throughout the body, fatigue and more.
To beat inflammation, choose a healthy diet that’s anti-inflammatory. While a diet that’s anti-inflammatory won’t heal a condition, what it does is it limits your body’s reaction to inflammatory triggers.
The fewer inflammatory foods you eat, the less your body has to deal with the side effects caused by certain foods. This means fewer painful reactions in addition to eating healthy.
Because the anti-inflammatory diet is considered healthy and lower in calories and carbs, you will lose weight and trim your shape. It kills two birds with one stone – pain relief and weight loss.
Save Money Shopping for Plan Foods
Having a food plan can help you discover how you can eat nutritionally balanced meals and still get a summer beach body. Though there are dozens of food plans available for you, when it comes to saving money when shopping for plan foods, the steps you’ll take are the same for each of the different plans.
You might think that you can’t afford to buy the foods on a fitness diet plan, but it’s actually easier and less expensive than you think. Contrary to what some believe, you don’t have to eat only organic foods and you don’t have to buy everything fresh.
You do want to eat lean meats and you do want to have plenty of fruits and vegetables as most plans suggest. But you can buy these in a different section of the store rather than from the fresh meat counter or the produce section.
When it’s time to shop for your plan foods, take a look in the freezer section. You’ll find a big selection of foods that are listed on your plan. There’s a mistaken belief that if a food is frozen, then it’s not as good for you as buying it from the other sections, but that’s simply not true.
If you’ll read the packages, you’ll see that most frozen foods are the best of the pick and aren’t prepared with chemicals. You just get the vegetable or the fruit. But best of all, you spend a whole lot less.
For the cost of two fresh apples, you can get an entire week’s worth of apple slices for your menus. You can choose a bag of frozen green beans that will keep for a month or longer versus fresh ones that keep a week, if that.
Besides the frozen area, don’t forget the canned goods. You might assume that foods in a can aren’t as good for you as fresh foods, but that’s not true either. The majority of canned fruits or vegetables don’t contain anything extra.
All you have to watch out for is to make sure the food isn’t packaged with anything that adds calories such as gravies or syrup. You can make canned healthy foods last longer than fresh foods and they’re just as good for you nutritionally.
You’ll spend less money, the food won’t spoil as quickly and you’ll be able to stick to your fitness plan. When you buy frozen or canned healthy foods, it can be easier to make what you need and freeze the rest so you get the added convenience of having already prepared foods that you simply thaw out and use.
Even if you’re one person, it’s cheaper to buy meat in family size portions. You can divide these up into individual recipe portions and freeze them. When shopping for meat on your fitness diet plan, make sure you keep an eye out for sales. Most stores will put meat on sale after a holiday event.
Should You Go Delivery or Start from Scratch?
The kind of effort you’ll have to put into what you eat will depend on the diet plan that you choose. You can find some of them that will bring the food right to your front door. But in other plans, you’ll be the one doing all the work.
So how do you know which one is the right plan for you? Look at the pros and cons for both. With a delivery diet service, you don’t have to spend any time shopping for the food.
You don’t have to make it to the grocery store when you’re tired. Your food is just there when you need it. Delivered food is nutritionally sound. All the guesswork is done for you.
Plus, if you need something extra because you have a health issue or you have strict food preferences, those are taken care of for you. You won’t have to spend time in the kitchen after the meal washing dishes or loading the dishwasher.
The food comes in disposable packages. When you use a delivery service, you get a lot of healthy choices. The person preparing the meals makes sure that the foods that you eat are going to offer you tons of different options.
You’ll get fruits and vegetables galore. The calories will be figured for you. No more wondering if you’re dieting right. You’ll know that you are. On the other hand, there are some cons to using a delivery service.
They can be extremely expensive. You won’t always enjoy the foods that you get because while you have choices, these aren’t unlimited. Some of the options might be foods you’ve never heard of and just aren’t what you’d prefer.
Sometimes there can be a lot of repeat foods. If there’s a problem with your order, you might not have the food that you want when you need it. There is a risk of the food spoiling if it’s not delivered to you at the right temperatures.
You sometimes have to arrange to be home when the food is delivered. You can choose to make your diet foods yourself when you’re following some plans. The pros to doing this are that you always get to pick exactly what you want.
You can make sure that the foods are ones you know you like. You can make your diet meals bigger so that you end up having leftovers to take for lunch or to use to create another meal.
It’s much cheaper to buy and prepare your own foods than it is to pay a delivery service. But the cons are that when you’re tired, it’s easier to skip making a healthy meal at home and stop for fast food or order take out.
When you’re lacking time, you can find yourself just throwing things into the shopping cart so you can get done with the grocery shopping. What you pay for when you use a delivery service is the convenience – and you just have to decide if the cost is worth it to you.
Planning your summer fitness diet is something that requires consideration for your personal preferences, your budget, your available time and most importantly – its ability to help you achieve your goals.
You might need to lose weight or you might already be at or near your goal weight, but want to get started on a plan that will help you tone your body and build muscle, so you’ll want to pick a plan that caters to your needs and isn’t something generalized for the masses.
This recipe was inspired by Starbucks™ popular passion tea lemonade. However, this version skips the refined sugar entirely in favor of an infused simple syrup made from honey which plays up the subtle lemongrass and cinnamon flavors found in the Passion® tea blend.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
5¼ c. water, divided
4 Tazo® Passion® tea bags
¼ c. honey, preferably local
4” piece lemongrass, finely chopped
2 small cinnamon sticks
½ c. fresh lemon juice
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