We all want to get into that ideal body shape we’re dreaming of as fast as we can and with as little effort as possible.
While that’s a hard task to achieve, you should know there are some tips and tricks that can ease your way to achieving your goal and we are here to guide you through it.
1. Cut carbs from your diet
When your body is consuming carbs, it transforms them into glycogen, which is stored in your liver and muscle along with water. The more carbs you eat, the more water you will store. This is why a low-carb diet can give immediate results. A lot of the weight you will easily lose in the beginning is just water. A minimum of 75-100 grams of carbs per day is enough for your body to function properly, though some people might need more considering height, weight and activity levels. Make sure you keep whole grains in your diet as they are an excellent source of magnesium, antioxidants, iron and folates.
2. Reduce your salt intake
It’s well-known that salt makes your body retain water, and that can cause bloating and excess body weight. When you will reduce your salt intake, you will see immediate results both in how you feel and how you look. Foods like bottled sauces, canned vegetables, instant soups are full of processed salt, so you might avoid including them in your diet.
3. Drink a cup of coffee in the morning
Not only that it has a diuretic effect on your body, coffee also will stimulate your metabolism, allowing your body to burn fat easier. Try not to over drink it, though – limit yourself to maximum 2 cups per day.
4. Hydrate yourself properly
It’s a simple principle. The less water you drink, the more your body will hold onto it. When you hydrate yourself properly, you will flush out the excess salt and fluids your body doesn’t need, thus reducing bloating and helping you lose weight. Second, we often mistake the sensation of hunger with the one of thirst, so you might be thirsty while thinking you’re hungry. Before rushing into snacking, drink a glass of water, wait for 10 minutes, and then see if you’re still hungry.
5. Do some cardio exercises
Any activity that gets your heart rate up is good for burning calories and body fat. The higher your calorie burn, the more likely you are to lose weight and burn fat. Remember to stay hydrated while exercising because you will lose water and electrolytes while sweating when working out.
6. Track your meals
There are a lot of apps to help you do this. By doing it, you will know exactly how many calories you consume and where to cut from. Try to plan your meals in advance as well, as it will help you stay on track and focus on your goal.
7. Consume more protein and fiber
Both nutrients contain fewer calories and keep you full for longer, and protein is essential for building muscle. You do want those legs to look amazing, right?
Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat in order to get your maximum intake of protein and fiber.
8. Consider adding electrolytes into your routine
Calcium, magnesium and potassium are present in many healthy foods. The more electrolytes you consume, the less salt your body will retain, thus your body will keep your fluid balance stable by eliminating water retention. Yogurt, bananas and dark leafy greens are excellent sources of electrolytes.