It’s less than a month until I fly from London to LA to attend the biggest fashion and music festival of the year! I think you all know that I am talking about coachella!
I am generally quite mindful of my diet, but now more than ever I am ramping up the exercise and making my diet as clean as possible so that I can be in the best possible shape for next month when I will have to shoehorn my pasty sun deprived body into a bathing suit!
Here are my top three summer body tips:
1. Enjoy your workout!
It has taken me a long time to find a workout that I don’t dread! My current favourite workout is brisk uphill walking. I set the speed to around 5.7kmph (4mph) and the incline to between 8 and 11, and walk, walk, walk. I can torch around 600 calories in just under an hour of walking with this method. I used to run on the treadmill, alternating between a steady pace and interval sprints. Whilst intervals will possibly get you faster results, I think you can still do intervals walking as the gradient of the treadmill can be adjusted pretty quickly. I usually do a minute of 9 gradient followed by a minute of 12 gradient and repeat that for 10/15 minutes during the hour I am walking.
Walking is also softer on your joints and you can stream YouTube on your phone and watch videos whilst walking and trust me the time flys by! In my opinion it is really important to burn around 600 calories per session if you want to see results, and this is something that I couldn’t achieve by running because I disliked it so much!
Four or five walking sessions a week are optimal!
2. Focus on food
Being fit and heathy and having a great body is 30% exercise and 70% what you eat. So don’t think that because you go to the gym you can eat what you want. You will never see results with that mindset! Trust me I have been there!
Breakfast: I don’t eat porridge when I am trying to lose weight because porridge is a high energy food and I sit at my desk for most of the day. I eat either half a tub or a whole tub of alpro soy yogurt and a punnet of organic blueberries or raspberries. This will only be 350 calories if you have the whole tub (which isn’t necessary) and keeps you full until lunch.
Lunch: For lunch I have a soup from the Tideford Organic range. My favourite is the Apricot and lentil soup and the Miso broth. I have the whole tub and it is quite good at keeping you full until around 4/5pm and is only 200 calories. I will sometimes snack on an avocado or a punnet of grapes in the afternoon if I am working late.
Dinner: usually lentils and vegetables!
Whatever you have for dinner, just make sure you try and control portion sizing. Don’t eat processed food, and try and fill as much of your plate with colourful veggies like broccoli, carrots, sweetcorn and red/green/yellow peppers.
Healthy snacks: celery and peanut butter and raw vegetables with hummus! Rice cakes are also relatively low calorie but if you are like me it’s hard to stop once you have started so probably best to avoid if you don’t have much self control!
Whatever you do don’t go for long periods without eating because that is when your blood sugar will get low and you will crave sugar!
3. Drink at least two litres of water a day.
This is really easy to do. Just fill up a large 2l water bottle every day and keep it on your desk with a cup and make sure you drink the entire bottle during the day. This really isn’t difficult to do but will help you stay hydrated. This prevents you confusing thirst for hunger, and will also keep you feeling satisfied.
I promise you, if you just follow these three basic rules, you will look and feel fantastic!
I hope you found these tips helpful, please share any tips that you have in the comment section below!
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