Here are 7 quick and easy tips from a New Canaan Personal Trainer so you can be loving living lean. How’d you like that alliteration?
You want to make sure that you are staying active often throughout the week and when you do a workout that you are working your entire body with fast paced movements. This is going to keep your metabolism revved up and make you a walking, talking fat furnace! See some more about why in this video.
Lots of times people working with a New Canaan Personal Trainer that not succeed when they are dieting say that they felt too hungry and they were miserable. Well … veggies to the rescue! Vegetables are very filling and low in calories, not to mention the fiber in vegetables will help keep you feeling fuller longer and keep your blood sugar from spiking and dropping (which makes you feel hungry).
We just established that feeling full without eating a bunch of calories is the way to go. So why would you drink down hundreds of calories per day? You want to make sure that you are drinking 0 calorie drinks … the first and foremost being water! See if you are getting enough water here.
Sounds like its not too restful huh? Active rest… Well it just means that on off days (days you aren’t doing resistance training like BootCamp) you still do some form of light exercise. Go for a walk, hit the exercise bike, whatever you like. The point is to still create a slight calorie defecit for the day, but not do anything that stops your muscles from recovering.
This is so important it should be a whole separate article. Actually it is! Right here. The idea is that you need to fuel your muscles to build up stronger and recover from workouts, but you want to still be doing enough cardiovascular activity that burns away fat. Starving fat is NOT the right way to do it! This also alludes to carb cycling, a nutrition strategy where you have more carbs on workout days and a lot less on days when you aren’t doing resistance training.
You need to get your protein in! These are the building blocks of muscles and if you are doing intense workouts that break down your muscles it’s essential to get the right nutrition to rebuild them stronger. Aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. So if you weight 130lbs you can be aiming for 130g of protein.
If getting protein is important for recovery then this is double as important! Your body NEEDS to be rested in order for a whole bunch of things to go right. The benefits include not just recovery from workouts, but proper hormone levels, adequate mental focus, the list is too long to get into here … just make sure you get your sleep! Getting 7 hours a day is adequate for most people.
So there you have it:
1. Move Often
2. Eat Veggies
3. 0 Calorie Drinks
4. Active Rest
5. Feed Muscles, Burn Fat
6. Eat Protein
7. Get Enough Sleep
Get to it and start living lean