Slimming down is one thing but looking amazing and getting physically healthy doing it, is something else entirely.
But if you’re looking for that perfect recipe to lose weight, tone up and get fit, we’ve got the latest top tips for achieving that health and fitness trifecta.
Now, if you’re concerned about loose skin following fat reduction, you’re not alone. But there are things you can do to help with problem areas such as the stomach.
The abdominoplasty is perfect for those who’ve reached their health and fitness goals but still have that excess skin around the tummy. And we’ve linked a video here just in case you’d like to know more about sculpting the abdominal area post weight loss.
In the meantime here’s our 9 best ways to drop body fat, achieve muscle definition and get fit in the process.
Work that gym membership
Body: The biggest mistake many of us make at the gym is not upping our game and continually challenging ourselves.
Whether it’s because we’re worried about lifting too much and developing a ‘manly’ physique or because we’re just become too comfortable in a particular fitness routine. We often aren’t making the most out of those awesome facilities.
Firstly, when you lift heavier weights, you’ll develop amazing muscle tone and definition. But you’ll also increase the body’s fat-burning capacity. Your workout sessions will be more intense and that means burning more calories. During and after a workout.
But you won’t keep getting bigger and bigger because, simply put, we’re just not built the same way as men.
Secondly, it’s really important to talk to one of the trainers every few months. They’ll reassess your schedule and make sure your training sessions are perfect for both your current fitness level and that they’re age specific too.
Mix it up
Body: When it comes to working out it’s also a good idea to try something new once in a while. Keeping your exercise regimen fresh not only prevents our body get used to the same exercises and hitting that dreaded plateau. But it will stop you getting bored too.
We all need mental stimulation and that includes during exercise. If you want to continue to see results, don’t let the body and mind get used to the same old thing.
The other great thing about change is that working different muscles helps you develop that toned physique and keep it.
The 8-hour sweet spot
Body: Never forget the importance of a great night’s sleep when it comes to burning fat and tightening that body. Aim for eight hours but try to get at least seven every night for the best result for both a healthy mind and body.
Lack of a good night’s rest can cause hunger levels to spike in the day. So it’s really important not to neglect restful pillow time.
When we’re tired we tend to lose the drive to get to the gym at all. And when we do drag our tired selves there, we may find that we don’t perform at an optimal level. This means inefficient calorie burning and even injury. Exercising on lack of decent sleep is one of the leading causes of fitness injury.
If you’re struggling when it comes to sleep reassess your evening routine. For instance, put down your smartphone an hour or so before bed, try a nice relaxing shower and drink herbal tea rather than reaching for a glass of wine.
Lean on those proteins
Body: For weight loss and muscle building we need to regularly consume lean protein. Don’t be afraid of consuming too much protein because it won’t overdevelop those muscles, we guarantee. Only consuming too many calories will cause bulk and that’s usually excess body fat.
You need to focus on eating lean proteins to boost the metabolism, keep you satiated and help build lean muscle.
If you aren’t eating enough protein, post-workout recovery will also take longer. Meaning less workout sessions. And the less you exercise, the longer it will take to reach those fitness goals.
Aim to eat lean chicken breast, turkey breast and grass-fed beef. Or try eggs, egg whites and plenty of seafood.
Hydration is crucial
Body: To melt that excess fat and tone up, make sure you keep up with that fluid intake throughout the day.
Consuming excessive amounts of fruit smoothies, energy drinks, juices, coffees, or alcoholic beverages just means too many calories. Not hydration. Alcohol consumption, in particular, will hold you back from achieving your goals.
Rather, drink water or herbal teas throughout the day. These will help keep you hydrated and also help speed up the fat-burning process.
While the occasional black coffee may give you an energy boost be aware of a sudden drop too. And avoid coffee altogether towards bedtime as it will prevent that quality sleep time.
Body: Trying to eat as little as possible may create a scenario of overeating later. And could sabotage your health and fitness goals.
Not refuelling your body properly can actually lead to burning lean muscle. Plus, you risk overeating later and getting those junk food cravings. For example, if you fast all day you’re likely to eat too much in the evening when you are less active.
It’s much better to spread calorie consumption throughout the day. Giving the body ample time to use the energy provided. Plus you’ll find that your emotional and physical wellbeing is better when you eat efficiently.
Use calories when you need them, not when they will be stored for later. As fat.
No more cardio-only
Body: If you’re serious about losing weight and toning up, stop that regime cardio based workouts. Immediately.
Too much cardio will not develop a toned physique in the same way that strength training will. You may burn some calories but generally, you won’t lose much body fat.
Lots of cardio may even make you feel hungrier. Meaning you’ll crave more calories than you actually need.
Instead, try some interval training or pilates a couple of times a week. You’ll get better results and feel fitter.
Body: Let’s face it, most of us neglect our own wants and needs. We’re just so busy and have too many obligations. but ignoring our own needs is counter productive.
Everyday, schedule a little time for you. Whether it’s an hour to read a book or simply soak in a warm bath. Take that time to combat stress which can be detrimental to achieving your fitness goals.
Remind yourself that when you feel healthy and happy, everyone else benefits.
Carbs and what you should know
Body: Instead of avoiding carbohydrates in your diet altogether, instead use them to your advantage.
Used efficiently, they boost the metabolic rate and energy levels. And actually help you reach those weight loss goals.
Schedule your intake around your exercise routine and use those carbohydrates for energy rather than weight gain.
The rest of the time, you need to be consuming fibre-rich carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables.
The bottom line
Body: Our tips to weight loss, body tone and fitness will help you achieve that leaner physique as well as improve your overall health.
It’s not just about working harder at the gym to get results. But taking a holistic approach to our lifestyle. With just a few changes to your daily routine, you can get a dream body and live healthier, longer.