The winter months are rapidly falling behind and the sunny days quickly approaching. Currently on our minds? Spring break, Coachella (click here for our Coachella Survival Guide), summertime pool parties and poolside BBQ’s. Alas, some of us feel like maybe we are not quite ready to prance around in our itsy bitsy bikinis. No need to fret, my lady. We’ve come up with a plan that will show you how to get fit fast – and by fast we mean just 7 days.
As the warm days approach quicker than ever, it is bikini styles and jean short cut-offs that we must worry about, not petty things like our bikini bodies!
Below, we’ve listed how to get fit fast including 5 pretty easy lifestyle concepts to abide by. We start with the complete elimination of processed foods, drinking at least half your body weight in water as well as the incorporation of green tea, performing high intensity interval training and lastly, intenser cardio.
Good luck with you whole body transformation and let us know how you feel about your bikini body in 7 days!
How To Get Fit Fast – Transform Your Body In 7 Days
1. Eliminate Processed Foods
In general, this means if you can’t find it at the local farmers market, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Processed foods such as granola bars, low fat cookies and cereal (yes, even Kashi), all contain ingredients that are foreign to your body. These chemicals create inflammation, bloating, digestive problems, and delayed metabolism. In order to lose weight and tone up quickly, your body needs to be at it’s highest functioning capacity. By eating a diet rich in fresh/organic vegetables, lean protein, fruits, and whole grains, the body can effectively eliminate all the toxins that lead to excess weight, acne, bloating, and a host of other health problems. To jump-start your weight loss, email me for a free 7-day meal plan.
2. Drink (At Least) Half Your Body Weight (In Ounces) In Water
For example, if you weigh 100 lbs, you should drink at least 50 oz. of water per day. We often mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating more calories than our bodies need. A common sign of dehydration is craving salty foods. Salt will help retain water, hence the body’s signal to avoid dehydration. By increasing your intake of water, your body can flush out toxins, maximize fat burning potential, and ideally decrease cravings. These qualities make water a great weight loss tool – plus it’s relatively inexpensive, healthy, nourishing, and very effective. If you don’t usually drink a lot of water, increase the amount slowly in order to avoid bloating and stomach discomfort.
3. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT is the most quick and effective way to burn body fat. This type of training can be done at home or in the gym and only requires about 30 minutes. However, we don’t recommend doing this on your lunch break unless you want to be known as “the sweaty girl” at the office. Without boring you with all the scientific details, believe us when we say, there are numerous studies that show this type of training is the best for shedding body fat. Click here to watch my HIIT workout for a tight tummy and quick fat loss!
4. Drink Green Tea
There are numerous benefits to drinking green tea including increased metabolism, fat burning, antioxidants, decreased hunger and improved alertness. It also works as a mild diuretic, which will help you get rid of excess water weight. In addition, it will not stain your teeth or give you coffee breath, nothing about that is sexy. So next time the Starbucks fairy calls your name, ask for a venti unsweetened green tea instead of the grande skinny vanilla latte and you’ll gain more than just a second look from the hottest guy at the party.
5. Do Cardio
Now, for all you girls who think running at 6.0 mph for 45 minutes on the treadmill is going to get you fit for summer – please stop! This will only get you skinny fat, meaning you may be thin, but you won’t have an ounce of muscle to fill out the skin over your fat and bones. Running at a steady pace will not get you the results you want. Instead, do interval training where you go all out for 1 minute then slow down for 1 minute, for a total of 20 minutes. You can also try 1 minute intervals of walking lunges at a 10% incline mixed with running, for a total of 20 minutes. The only time it would be acceptable to do low/moderate intensity, steady state cardio is first thing in the morning before breakfast, for no more than 30 minutes. Just be aware that the fat burning benefits of fasted cardio are only effective for the first few weeks you incorporate this activity; hence one of the reasons why interval training is much more effective in how to get fit fast. Click here for a 30-minute treadmill weight loss program for all levels.