July marks vacation time for many families, including my own. Having a plan in place will make the difference between truly enjoying the outdoor activities with confidence or holding yourself back out of the fear of what your body looks like to others.
There are many tempting summer habits that can hold you back from losing those embarrassing pounds of fat. Most of us seeking a relaxing escape from reality tend to overindulge in unhealthy choices, leaving exercise and supportive eating at home.
Think again! Did you know…. Vacation weight gain is connected with eating over 4,000 calories a day?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a relaxing vacation and return with nothing more than amazing memories. You’ve put the effort forth in planning a fantastic get-a-way, why not put the same effort in planning how you will return with a better body than you are currently in.
Freedom from Fat: Five Fat Burning Tips for an Effective Summer Fitness Plan
1. Remember WHY
If the goal is to feel sexy and confident in your cutest summer outfits or to feel refreshed after you vacation, why abandon all of your healthy habits only to end up feeling like you need to be a “slave” to your workouts in order to make up for all the weight you gained. No amount of eating or drinking is worth the effort it will take to remove those excess pounds.2. Prevention is Key
In the long run, prevention is always better than the cure.
If you already know ahead of time that you will be practicing in some overindulgence. Vamp up your exercise habits and fine tune what you are eating NOW
.The best part about this type of routine is that you have a deadline. This will help keep you motivated to stick to your fitness goals.
Going on a week long vacation? Plan to begin 4 weeks prior to leaving. This gives you the opportunity to lose 8 pounds of fat – all before you leave!
3. Meal Management
WARNING: The last thing you want to do prior to, during or after a summer event is to not eat. If you choose to skip your meals, two wonderful things happen to your body.
First, your metabolism slows down.
Next since you brain thinks that you are starving it will tell your body to store any food that it does receive in the form of fat.
Skipping Meals = Weight Gain!
The best thing you can do for your body is to begin each day with breakfast and eat a supportive meal or snack every 3 hours. This in turn will fuel your metabolism, provide you with an abundance of energy and allow your body to burn more fat 24-7.4. Plan Your Splurges
If you know you will be enjoying a bountiful lunch, avoid overindulging during breakfast. Instead make your other meals that day light and more supportive. Keep in mind that a typical restaurant entrée is about 1500 calories – that does not include bread, appetizer or dessert.
Having a cookout? Nibbling will also add very quickly to your calorie count. Decide ahead of time what you plan to indulge in and make more supportive choices until that meal.5. Forget the Gym
Yes, to avoid unwanted weight and achieve a toned, flat tummy– you have to exercise - but your summer fat loss workout plan is not a tedious as you think. No hours of long, boring cardio, no fancy gym equipment necessary - some of the most effective fat blasting workouts can be done right at home! This sure comes in handy when you are traveling and on vacation.
Even better news, your workouts take no more than 10 to 15 minutes!!!
Using short burst resistance training and intervals to super charge your metabolism so your body burns more fat and calories all day long! Resistance Training is KEY for it is the only form of exercise that will reshape your body with fat blasting lean muscle - Muscle Burns Fat!
Choose movements that use as many muscles as possible such as:
Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Pulls Ups
Intervals keep your cardio short and sweet by vamping up the intensity. By alternating between short periods of high and low intensity, you will leave your metabolism super charged, but more importantly does not put you at risk for burning your lean muscle - the powerhouse behind your ability to lose more fat.
Once you do, be sure to join the 12 week Summer Transformation Challenge at ClubFYM and guarantee your New Summer Ready Body!
Wherever you go, whatever you do, have fun, relax, and enjoy your summer vacations and celebrations! With these strategies in place, you’ll come back gaining not weight, but memories to cherish.