As part two of my top tips to help you prepare for the beach (and bikinis and swimming trunks), here’s one that you may find will increase your energy and general wellbeing whilst helping to shift unwanted pounds:
Do you exercise a lot but can’t seem to lose any weight? Think about your body as a furnace that won’t burn (calories) unless it has enough fuel to do just that. Going for a run or to the gym after starving all day will wreak havoc with your energy levels and blood sugar. You will not only struggle to gather enough energy to put in the miles but also your body won’t be able to ‘burn’ anything else but your good intentions and willpower. Your crashing blood sugar levels will then make you reach for the crisps and take-away menus as soon as you get home – wiping out all your efforts! So make sure you’ve had plenty to drink and some carbohydrates (pasta/rice/potato/porridge/wholemeal bread) two to three hours before you exercise. If you exercise in the morning, have a banana or a couple of dried dates/apricots up to half an hour before heading out. You’ll have more energy to exercise more efficiently and you will burn more calories that way.
Enjoy your next workout!
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