Easy Tips to Keep Your Summer Body from Easy Tips to Keep Your Summer Body

Easy Tips to Keep Your Summer Body

Summer is unofficially over after Labor Day. This is a crucial and very challenging time for many people’s diets. This is a common experience, according to Jeff Seid, author of new fitness book “Guide to Aesthetics. Losing extra inches around the waist and thighs takes time, dedication, and consistency. Don’t let the results of all that hard work disappear as you start spending more time inside, wearing baggier clothes.

Don’t follow a strict diet

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The biggest mistake people make that leads to the regression is going too hardcore on their diet, Seid says. “This ultimately sets the person up to binge eventually.” When eating more flexibly it helps keep those cravings subdued, he adds. “Plus, it makes the whole experience of being healthy a lot more enjoyable, instead of treating it like a chore.”

Now is the time to build muscle

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“Personally when it is winter time it's ‘bulking season,’” Seid says. This is the time to grow and build more muscle. “So I am not afraid of putting on some fat during this season. Again this comes back to being on a more flexible regime.” The typical goal is gaining 1-2 pounds of muscle a month. There are plenty of ways you can build muscle all day.

Counting calories may be right for you

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If you want to see the best/fastest results and to know EXACTLY what is going into your body, counting calories is crucial, Seid says. “This allows you to be exact in your diet.” If someone just guesstimates, there is a large margin of error, he adds. “I usually only count calories if I have a competition or a very big event coming up. Other than that I follow a more relaxed style of dieting.”

“Abs are made in the kitchen”

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“I've always loved that quote,” Seid says. “It pretty much means that it does not matter if you have the strongest core in the world. You do 1,000 crunches a day. If there's a layer of fat covering that glorious 6 pack, it will never show unless there is less body fat.”

Drink water and tea

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There are not any particular “magic foods” that will do the trick, Seid says. “Unfortunately if that was the case everyone would be in great shape.” One recommendation he can give is for liquids. “Do not drink any soda or super sugary drinks. Only drink water and teas (no sugar!!),” he adds. “Diet zero calorie drinks are fine but do not overdo it. This right here will make a difference.”

Combine diet and cardio

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The best way to lower body fat is by combining both diet and cardio, Seid says. This will speed up your results dramatically, he adds. “I recommend following a diet plan, of course, the cardio will be the icing on the cake per say.”

Weight lifting is key

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Weight lifting is key but not many people do it consistently. “The first thing I recommend would be losing the fears of weights,” Seid says. The weights are your friend; there is no reason to be intimidated.” The best thing to do if this is the case is build yourself up to the weight lifting, he adds. Seid recommends starting by doing body weight exercises daily, running/walking outside. “Then go to the gym and try out the machines; do isolation exercises.” After a month or two you will have the confidence and desire to take your training to the next level, he adds.

Try working out in the morning

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Every time you get to exercise is a good time; even a little movement is better than none. Time does not matter, Seid says. But if you can choose, he recommends training in the morning after the second meal for optimal results. “In my experience this is when I have the most energy and get my best workouts. But I actually have always preferred training at night, around midnight,” he adds.

A bad workout is better than no workout

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Keep that in mind next time you feel like you’re trying too hard. There are simply too many variables that affect your energy levels – tough day at work, lack of sleep, for example. Skipping the gym becomes a luring idea. Try to keep your body moving if you really don’t have a legitimate reason to sit on the couch and watch Netfix for hours on end. Check these workout ideas for when you’re too tired to work out.

It’s OK to satisfy your craving

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If you have been dieting for a week straight and feel your sanity slipping, like you're on the verge of giving up completely, it is ok for you to go get a milk shake and burger, or whatever you're craving, Seid says. But again keep it in moderation; do not binge, he adds. “When I diet for a show I usually have a cheat meal/day every 2 weeks. It helps keep my muscles full so I do not get flat. My goal when dieting is to maintain as much muscle possible while burning fat.”

Do this High Intensity Interval Training

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HIIT has been a trending fitness routine for several years. This type of training can literally transform your body. Seid recommends performing the following on a track, treadmill, etc. “Start out walking on 3.2-3.5 mph for 30 seconds. Once 30 seconds is up take it to a sprint for another 30 seconds, and so on. Do this for 10-15 minutes.”

Steady rate cardio

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This style of cardio is a more conventional way to get in shape, Seid says. “Pretty much you walk for 30-60 minutes. I typically will put a treadmill on 6 incline and walk on 3.2 mph for 45 minutes.” Walking is an aerobic activity that is easy, low-impact, simple, accessible and, for the most part, enjoyable.