Bathing Suit Season
That's right ladies, it's almost time to stash away your sweaters and bust out that super cute suit you bought last week. The only problem? Those cheese fries and candy over spring break hasn't done any justice for your body. Don't fret, I'm here today to give some tips on how to flush out the bad stuff and possibly lose some pounds. Remember, your body is made in the gym, but shown in the kitchen, meaning that if you really want to see results, doing 1000 sit ups but eating a doughnut afterwards won't make any progress.
1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
Okay, this one's kind of obvious. You should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, which isn't much. Everyone's body is different, so it only makes sense to say that not every exercise will work for you. Try out everything your gym has to offer from yoga classes to Zumba, find what works for you, but don't forget to occasionally switch it up to ensure you stay active!
2. Stay Hydrated!
No, those three piña coladas you had on vacay doesn't count, and I'm pretty sure there's very little fruit used as well. You need to drink at least 8-8 ounce cups of water a day to keep your body healthy. I recommend buying a 32 or 64 ounce water bottle and keeping it with you at work, school, or while you're out during the day. Having it with you at all times will remind you to drink, and you may even find yourself sipping subconsciously.
3. Avoid these foods like the plague:
Watch out for anything processed, even if it says fat-free or reduced fat. No added sugars, white breads, rice, or pasta. Fried foods. Candy and pastries. Ice cream and milkshakes. Take-out food in general. Try to make your food at home as much as you can with simple ingredients so you know what you're eating. If you can't say it, don't eat it!
4. Swap coffee for tea.
This will be hard for people like me who have to have a cup of coffee every morning before anything can get done. and I mean have to. Try having a cup of tea with a small amount of sugar instead. Green Tea is super good for your metabolism, and studies show that black tea has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, without the bad acids for your stomach!
5. Get your Zz's.
Sleep is very important for your body, and people 16-25 should get about 8 hours of sleep a night to recharge your body. I know that seems impossible when you have a ton of work to do or maybe you just really have to see the next season of Gossip Girl on Netflix, but it can be done. Go to bed earlier and get up earlier, or take a nap during the day.
I hope you get the results you're wanting by following these tips! Remember, don't strive to look a certain way, because you may never look that way and that's okay! You're body is shaped differently that other's and in order for it to stay healthy, you may not get those razor sharp hip bones or thigh gap, but that's absolutely fine! You're gorgeous the way you are, and your body deserves the best treatment, it is the only one you have!
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