With summer just on the horizon, our minds begin to stray from hot soup and chunky knits to lazy days on the beach and cocktails by the pool. It all sounds lovely and you are eager for the temperature to rise… until you remember that summer means it’s that time of the year again: short shorts, bare midriffs and bikinis are the dress code for the coming months. If you’re already cringing just thinking about your ‘summer body’, fear not. There’s still plenty of time to ensure you look toned, tanned and terrific when summer rolls around.
1. Eat Healthy
There’s no denying the fact that controlling your diet is crucial for weight loss. Take responsibility for your diet and prepare meals that are wholesome, clean, and rich in nutrients. It’s easier to eat healthy when you plan your meals and snacks in advance so that everything is prepared and you don’t cave in to bad food that is easy and convenient but not so healthy.
2. Drink Lots of Water
Believe it or not, water is one of the most important things you can put into your body. It is recommended that adults drink 2-3 litres of water per day (that’s about 8 glasses) and even more if you are exercising, so always keep a water bottle on your desk or in your bag.
It’s no secret that exercise is a vital key to losing weight, so get out there and get active if you really want to achieve your weight loss goals. Whether it is in a gym class, playing a team sport, or doing a solo cardio session, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day is ideal. If you need motivation to get up and get active each day, enlist a friend, partner or family member as your exercise buddy to keep you accountable to your exercise routine.
4. Add Some Weights
Cardio is great for weight loss, but once your fitness increases, start to add some weights to your workout to tone your body. Change can take weeks and sometimes months, so you’ll have to do many, many sit-ups and crunches for perfect abs. Add small weights and gradually increase the size each week and you’ll find your body becomes stronger and your muscles more defined. Add weights to your lunges, squats and sit-ups to start with, and slowly incorporate them more into your regular workout.
5. Consider Cosmetic Surgery
If you’re struggling to lose weight or need to give your body a kick-start, consider cosmetic surgery to get you on your way to achieving your summer body goals. Professional clinics such as Cosmetic Surgery for Women have a wealth of advice on the topic and will be able to give you a number of options, including abdominoplasty surgery. Before considering this type of procedure, ensure you seek advice from a reputable professional and consider all factors involved.
We all know the saying ‘summer bodies are made in winter’, so get started early and meet summer feeling like the best, most confident version of yourself. When you feel great and are comfortable with how you look, you’ll be able to enjoy summer – short shorts and all.