Summer is just around the corner. Where did all the time go? Last time you checked, you were scarfing holiday meals, and you still haven’t shed all that extra winter weight. It’s been warm enough, but you’ve procrastinated, and now you fear that everyone will hate your beach body. Thankfully, it’s not too late! You can shed those extra pounds and get an ideal body just in time for summer.
With that said, you have to be realistic about what you want to achieve. Procrastinators tend to want to lose as much weight as possible, and they may feel discouraged when they’re not losing weight. They may give up, or switch to unhealthy means to lose weight.
While getting thin quick is a good thought, the unrealistic expectations it has can put some people off. Many people do not know how to achieve proper fitness, and may feel discouraged when they’re not seeing any results. They’ll start working out, and then give up after a week, as if they were expecting to get that bod in a short period. So with that said, this article will have a realistic goal.
Six weeks is enough for you to see results, both inside and out. With just a few changes to your life, you will be able to reap the benefits. But with that said, you need to abide by a few dos and donts that are vital if you want to see the results.
- Start working out right now. Don’t say “Oh, I’ll begin it next week.” No. By procrastinating, you’re just going to keep putting it off until it’s summer. Do it right now! However, if you’re not certain, always check with a professional to make sure that you’re healthy to do workouts. After that, do it ASAP. Sitting around, fantasizing about it won’t do anything for you. First, start small. Do a walk, jog, or bike ride. Begin building your physical activity, and you’ll soon see results.
- Keep it slow. ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ is more than just a silly fable moral. Many people work out too hard and then their body feels it the next day, causing their workout plans to be ruined. Do your workouts slowly, and keep building up. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, or you’ll see why. One good way is to do 30 minutes of exercise, and then build it up from there. Depending on your fitness level, you can modify it.
- Keep it realistic, and make sure your plan is long-term. You’re not going to go from morbidly obese to having washboard abs in just six weeks. You have to have a lower body fat to begin with. Set realistic goals. If you can’t get your ideal body this summer, plan it for next. If your plan is unrealistic, you’ll feel discouraged, and may end up quitting. Just with the second do, you should keep it slow and aim for gradually losing weight. Besides that, you’ll feel better by six weeks, which can be better than just changing your appearance. Try losing a pound a week, or one percent of body fat a month. This is the safe way to do it.
- Think about investing in some home exercise equipment. Buying something like a treadmill or elliptical machine costs quite a bit. Think of your guilt – if you don’t use it regularly. It can be a motivator for some people!
In other words, keep it fun, don’t do too much, and make sure it’s achievable in your time frame. Now, let’s look at the don’ts.
- Don’t fall into fad diets or fad workout plans. Many products promise you instant results by taking a magic pill, not eating certain foods, or by doing crazy workouts that will promise to turn you into a fitness guru instantly. However, these can be dangerous, and you may end up gaining fat instead of losing it. Fad diets don’t work. Just stick to healthy eating and reasonable exercising. The result of fad diets tends to be weight loss at first, but soon they go back to their normal diets.
- Never weight yourself each day. You’ve done it, we’ve done it, everyone’s done it before, but it still doesn’t justify it. Weighing yourself every day can be discouraging. You’ll see fluctuating numbers that don’t truly give out your results. There are more important factors to determine your fitness. Measure your body fat percentage. See how much your heart rate improves. Compare muscle mass. By doing this, you’ll see the real results of your workout. Just remember that’s it all about losing fat, and not about losing pounds.
- Do not work out if you don’t have a plan. You don’t need to have a professional fitness trainer do this for you, although it helps. You can make your own plan. Even if it’s a rough draft, it will get you on track, and you can adjust according to your own increased activity. Every time you get more fit, increase the intensity or how long you do the exercise, and your body will prove even more. Keep it going, and your body will keep adapting.
One of the most important rules of this article is to keep it realistic. If you’re not already at a reasonable fitness level, you probably won’t achieve your results in six weeks. Instead, you need to think beyond summer, and keep it slow. Even so, you will see your body change in six week, whether it’s inside or out. Keep it going through summer and beyond, and soon you will achieve the body of your dreams!