Summer is only three months away, but that’s still enough time to have your body ready for beach season. Being able to confidently strut around in a swimsuit is not one of life’s necessities, but it does instill a personal sense of accomplishment, because achieving a flat tummy, defined deltoids, and luscious lats takes work — lots of work.
But it’s far from impossible.
Although it may seem an insurmountable goal, getting that beach body requires observing the holy trinity of weight loss: weekly exercise, eating the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones. Before starting on your journey, consult a doctor, nutritionist, or registered dietitian in order to develop an eating regimen based on your specific weight loss goals.
There are some general rules that you should adopt right away. First, don’t focus solely on counting calories. Cutting out the wrong foods, like refined carbohydrates, heavily processed packaged foods, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages is more important, and will have almost instantaneous results. Eliminating all these foods will leave a void in your diet which should be filled with vegetables, fish, lean meats, dairy products like yogurt and milk, nuts, and healthy fats.
But the beach body can’t be achieved without a serious commitment to exercise, and it takes more than just a weekly run to see any real results. Focus on a combination of both cardiovascular exercise and mild weight training. There’s a misconception that lifting weights is just for bulking up, but building muscle accelerates the metabolism and allows the body to burn more calories at rest.
Here’s how to get that summer beach body.