Contributed By Marissa Bognanno, Author of The Boot Blot
DAY 4: Exercise less and burn more fat. “When you begin to run, your body thinks something must be chasing you—that’s the way we’ve evolved—and that you need as much energy as possible to outpace it,” explains Bikini Blast trainer David Barton. “That’s the kind of fat-burning place you want to be in. However, your body soon realizes that you’re not trying to escape from something but actually going to be jogging continuously for 20 minutes or so—and it switches into energy-efficiency mode to ensure you have enough fuel for the journey. That’s what you don’t want.” Intervals keep you out of that fat-conserving mode; every time you pick up the pace, your body goes into fat-burning overdrive.
- Warm up for five minutes.
- Exercise at an intense pace for two minutes.
- Switch to a more moderate pace for one minute.
- Continue these intervals for 20 minutes.
- Cool down for five minutes.
DAY 6: Start the day on a belly-slimming note. After you roll out of bed in the morning, make yourself a mug of hot water with half a squeezed lemon. (Yes, before you fire up the coffeemaker.) What makes lemon water such a good way to start the day? Research shows that lemon juice can promote fat burning.“It also revs up your metabolism for the day and helps with digestion,” says Lippert. And the better things are able to move through your system, the better your jeans are going to fit when you go to zip them postshower. Cheers!
DAY 27: Don’t let warm-weather fun add up to loads of extra calories. Your mission, Miss Social Bee: Find ways to navigate all those events so they don’t wind up going straight to your waistline. For example, plan for that extra cocktail by paring back a bit on what you eat earlier in the day. Order two apps if you’re having dinner out, instead of one (often humungous!) entrée. And if you’re going to a party, bring a healthy dish to share. That way, says McManus, even if it’s all burgers, coleslaw and chips, you’ll be guaranteed at least one healthy option to nosh on. And above all, don’t let hanging out with friends trump your shape-up goals. “It’s easy to follow the crowd and have a couple of margaritas and chips and dip,” she says. “But before you know it, you’ve consumed 700 calories before dinner has even arrived. So be mindful and don’t let socializing become an excuse for letting your diet go out the window.”
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