Summertime is in full swing, and with that vacation coming up or that day at the beach not too far away, the question on everyone’s mind is “how can I get a better body for the summer?” The question is more nuanced than it may seem. Everybody’s starting point, goals, and time frame will all differ. What will work for some people may not work for everybody. But when it comes to weight loss and looking and feeling better there are some things to consider.
Weight loss comes down to the number of calories you intake vs the number of calories you burn in a day. Weight loss will naturally come when you burn more than you eat. Sounds simple enough, but there are a few things to take note of. Firstly, everybody burns calories every day, even laying in bed all day does burn calories. The body does so many things in the background that you aren’t even aware of, and those functions are where these calories are being burned. Using a calculator online can help you find your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is the amount of calories you burn naturally by doing nothing. This number can be increased when you do activities that burn calories such as cardio, and other methods of working out.
The other half of this equation is the amount of calories you intake. Every food and drink you have has calories. Some calories are healthier than others, but they are all still calories. You can track everything you eat with a food tracking app on your smartphone. Counting calories can seem super tedious and time consuming, but it can really put into perspective why you aren’t losing weight. If you consistently consume more calories than you burn off in a day you will gain weight. No matter if you worked out or not. There are healthier calories than others however. Generally healthier calories are more filling, when compared to other not so healthy options. Another thing people don’t consider is the amount of calories they drink. Coffee with lot’s of flavors and creamers can be very dense in calories. Along with juices, sports drinks, and soda. Another lesser considered factor in weight loss and healthier body in generally is vitamins and supplements. Good sleep, vitamins, and supplements have all shown to be a faster way to fat loss.
Of course working out is another big factor to weight loss. Focusing on cardio is the best way to cut weight. Running can be a high impact exercise and difficult for some. Some alternatives include bike riding, swimming, and the elliptical machine. Weight lifting or cross-fit can also have a positive impact on weight loss. As well a more tone healthier looking body.
Weight loss can be a very daunting task. But you only get one body and you should take care of it. With a healthy nutrient rich diet, as well as working out and getting enough sleep, not only will you look better, you’ll feel better. Everybody wishes they started earlier, but the second best time to start is now.