Just a reminder, NOW is the time to start if you want to get sixpack abs by summer. If you wait till June then its way too late. I know that with the cold, rainy, and snowy weather the beach is the last thing on your mind but summer will be here in a snap and then it will be too late. Now is the time to get ready for summer and its not too late. You still have 3 full months to prepare if you start today. If you are overweight you can lose 12-24lbs by then -use my calorie calculator to find out how much weight YOU can lose by summer! The key is starting NOW.
Four keys to losing the weight:
Exercise a bit more
Eat a bit less
Drink lots of water!
1) Exercise a little bit more. Just walking 20min a day is fine. Doing cardio puts your metabolism in overdrive so do it daily! Please read about the afterburner effect.
2) Eat a little less. There are many methods for eating less, choose the one that works best for you. For many the smart substitution method is the best. Just choose two foods that you know are bad that you consume on a daily basis and substitute something healthier. For example, substitute water for coke and baked potatoes for french fries. There are many other ways to eat a little less and if smart substitutions doesnt work for you then try healthy eating, calorie counting, or a commercial weight loss program like weight watchers or Jenny Craig.
3) Drink lots of water. It fills you up so you eat less food! Best is drinking 16-24 ounces of water right before a meal. Read about the importance of hydration to bodybuilding and weight loss.
4) Sleep! Sleep deprivation causes you to lose muscle rather than fat when you are on a calorie restricted diet so if you want to lose fat and not muscle then get enough sleep! Please read about sleep, weight loss, and bodybuilding.
Remember, summer will be here in a snap and now is the time to prepare! So start doing more cardio, start eating a little bit less, drink lots of water, and get plenty of sleep!
Apologies to my longtime readers who will recognize this content as recycled. Its my annual get-ready-for-summer video designed to try and reduce the numbers of questions I get in June about people asking how they can lose 30lbs and get abs by July 4th – you cant! Losing weight takes time if you dont want to lose muscle along with the fat so you have to start early. Using a 20% caloric reduction is all that is recommended.