If you want to make this year the best year ever for your body, you’re not alone. We all want to make changes and improve our bodies, but only the most dedicated among us actually spend time and effort and make sacrifices to make sure it happens.
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Here are some tips for transforming your body this year:
Focus on food
They say that abs are made in the kitchen and not in the gym, and this isn’t wrong. What we put into our bodies is what will affect how it looks in the long term, which is why it’s so crucial that we watch what we’re eating and follow a good nutritional plan. That also means cutting out the junk like candy, pretzels, and fast food, and eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and good carbs.
Many people overestimate how many carbs they should be eating every day, which is a mistake because carbs and sugar cause a spike in insulin that actually makes your body store fat. Stick to a good amount of protein to keep you full.
It’s not uncommon for people to assume that hours spent doing cardio is the only way they’re going to burn fat, but this is untrue. Lifting weights (both machines and free weights) creates muscle, which burns more fat while you’re lying on the couch, and also gives you a nice lean, toned look.
Go for HIT
Cardio has its place, but reading a magazine while walking on the treadmill is not the way to go. Instead, you want to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, by raising your heart rate and then lowering it again. This is called interval training or HIT, and there are many other programs like Insanity that incorporate this style of training, allowing you to both build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
When you’re working on transforming your body, one of the hardest parts is often trying to avoid temptation. When you go to the movies, the smell of popcorn can quickly convince you to buy a bucket, and going out for a drink can quickly turn into several high-calorie cocktails.
Spend some time getting rid of the junk food in your home, so that you only have healthy snacks while you’re on the couch, and instead of always socialising around food, ask your friends if they want to go for a walk or bike ride or spend a weekend hiking. There are plenty of ways to still have a social life without ruining your progress.