“Get fit” and “lose weight” are two of the most common New Year’s resolutions out there. People start off with good intentions — joining a gym and tossing the junk food from the fridge — but often by Groundhog Day most are already backsliding into less than healthy habits. Check out these easy tips to help you keep your fitness resolution in 2017!
1. HIT it
If you’re serious about burning body fat, do HIT cardio – that’s high intensity training. You can get a lovely body doing it for just 20 minutes, 4-5 times a week, at home. No gym needed, no excuses. You can use a fitness DVD or there are loads of free workouts videos on Youtube.
2. Eat more
Don’t diet. You need high-calorie meals to give you energy to work out. If you’re only eating 1,000 calories a day, you have no chance of burning fat and building lean muscle and your body will never change.
3. Drink up
Most people don’t drink enough water. We recommend 2-4 litres a day. As well as hydrating you, it improves digestion and metabolism of fat. Cut out all fizzy drinks and juices, you’re just drinking calories.
4. Bin the scales
We call it the sad step. You stand on it and one day it moves, another day it doesn’t, and you get upset. Take progress pictures once a month instead. They’re the best way of measuring how your body is transforming.
5. Have two rest days
It’s important to give yourself time recover when you’re training. Don’t try to smash it every single day, your body needs to rest and repair.
6. Stock up on real food
Meal replacement shakes, cleansing and detoxing are all nonsense. It is fine to have a scoop of whey in a shake but those dense protein bars are full of crap. We recommend recipes that are all about using real food like oats, eggs, cheese, steak, coconut milk and avocados.
7. Make your own ‘junk’ food
You don’t have to miss out on yummy food. You can learn on YouTube how to do a great, healthy fish and chips, for instance, rather than eating junk from the chippie cooked in nasty vegetable oils.
8. Put in the prep
Invest in Tupperware and start batch cooking and prepping your food in advance. Pack up healthy lunches so you won’t buy sandwiches and meal deals on the go.
9. Lose the booze
You’ve got to cut right down on booze because it’s one of the biggest things that stops you burning fat. You don’t have to cut it out completely but the less you drink, the easier you’ll find it to get lean.
10. Be patient
This isn’t a quick fix, it’s about a long-term plan where you eat lots of yummy food, train and get an amazing, fit body. You’ll have to wait 3-4 weeks for visible results to come but within a week you’ll be sleeping better and waking up with more energy to train.