The number one thing on women’s minds is how to get a bikini body, quickly. Spring fever brings with it refreshing thoughts of the beach, the pool, and the nagging problem of purchasing of an amazing swim suit. The pressure is on.
Don’t worry. You still have time to get in shape. Make a few adjustments to your diet. Add a fat blasting exercise and you will be on your way to a body unlike you ever imagined.
After 5 fall and winter months in the gym, I had lost over 60 pounds. With spring around the corner I had at least 20 more pounds to go. I had to have a plan.
Tweak the Diet – Go Mediterranean
When you eat a clean diet it is hard to make changes that will make much of a difference. I found my solution with the Mediterranean Diet. A very similar version of this diet, available with tons of resources is The South Beach Diet.
This diet cuts down carbs at the very beginning, but recognizes the body’s need for carbs as fuel and adds them back in quickly. I found this diet satisfying because I was free to eat the fruits and vegetables I love. You will, too. Whole grains, like long-grain rice and couscous, provide delicious meals with lean protein.
The Mediterranean Diet meets your nutritional needs, while cutting fat and simple carbs, like sugar and white bread, which are easily broken down by your body and stored as fat. These foods have to go.
That simple change in my diet kick started the drop in pounds from an aggrivating plateau. There was one more element to blasting fat for spring and summer. That was cardiovascular exercise.
Cardo – Pick up the pace
There is a comfortable fat-burning zone that begins at about 60% of your maximum heart rate. That is a great place to spend an hour to 90 minutes working out. If, however, you need to blast fat you have to get your heart rate up.
I found my greatest success with cardio and weight loss on the spin bike. Most gyms have spin bikes, whether they offer classes, videos, or put you on your own. Check YouTube for great 30 min to one hour workouts. If you will crank up the resistance and pedal with everything you’ve got, you can burn 700 to 1,000 calories on a one hour spin. I’ve worked in a gym for a number of years. The spin bike is still my personal go-to when I find myself carrying a few extra pounds, especially during the spring and summer months.
If you don’t have access to a gym or spin bike, get a good pair of running shoes, get outside and break a sweat. There is a place for walking in sensible workout routine, but if you need to burn calories you have to turn up the heat. You don’t have to be a fast runner; you just have to run as fast as you can.
Feel like you’ve peaked in your workout? Find a hill. Push your way up and enjoy striding it out on the way down. On the spin bike, tighten the resistance, stand up or learn to do jumps.
Serious cardio exercises, combined with sensible eating provided by the Mediterranean Diet will get you in bikini body shape in no time.