It’s still technically winter here in the UK but the promise of Spring is in the air and with that comes the first wave of bikini body panic. If you have a summer holiday booked you will no doubt have already been eyeing up the beachwear emerging in high street stores and (if you’re like me)… reaching for the fitness DVD. I have spoken a lot about my body battles following the birth of my second child and the various diets and exercise regimens I’ve tried and failed, given my experience in the field I thought i would take this opportunity to share with you what I found to be most effective.
First and foremost you cannot change your shape, if you’re a pear you’re a pear, you can be thinner, leaner and more toned but you’ll still have a bigger bum than boobs, sorry! once you’ve accepted that you can look at making improvements and the number one rule for me is portion control. I’m not talking about starving yourself here just be realistic.. look at what you’re eating. Many of us eat in front of the TV, you could have 3 packets of quavers without even knowing you’ve eaten them if you’re not paying attention and the more you eat the more your body thinks it needs. I believe that in order to have a good ‘relationship’ with food you have to eat when you’re hungry but recognise when you’ve had enough. I know it’s a cliche but ‘everything in moderation’ works if you do it right. That being said if you do feel you have weight to lose that’s obviously not going to be a quick fix and when I did have lbs to drop I found calorie counting very effective. I used the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app on my iPhone and tracked my daily meals. You can be as strict as you like but if you eat two few calories that app will chastise you for it. It’s probably that app that made me realise how huge my portions actually were and I started looking at the food I ate in a totally different way. I don’t think points schemes and faddy cabbage soup diets are for me but I found it very interesting to get an idea of the calorific content of the food I eat.. it didn’t stop me swinging by the McD’s drive thru on occasion though.
Exercise is important but if you’re looking for a long term change you need to pick something sustainable for your lifestyle. I for example am lucky enough to have a gym at work so could quite easily fit in a workout 3x a week in my lunch hour but not everyone is so lucky. I know if I had to get off my arse in my ‘own time’ I’d never go, you need to find something you can fit in to your day without it feeling life a chore. The best equipment you can buy is a ball, you can do so much with it.. and all in front of the TV! There are plenty of routines to be found online if you prefer to follow an instructor and I cannot recommend the Tone It Up girls highly enough – link. They talk a lot about nutrition as well, that’s all a little hardcore for me but the fitness videos are great! Last year I had a go at the 30 Day Shred and my knees felt like they were going to die after the first week but I’m very tempted to have another go as so many people seem to see great results and it’s just 20 minutes of your day.. we’ll see. If you have any tips or advice on how you squeeze activity into your schedule please share your wisdom and leave a comment!
If all else fails of course you can just buy one piece with suck-you-in technology and eat what you like!
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