The last year and a half may have thrown your workout regime out of the window, sinces gyms closed their doors and lockdowns made it hard to stay in shape. Replacing the treadmill for the sofa and CrossFit with Netflix, many of us found the pounds pile on and energy levels depleted.
If you are ready to get your fitness goals back on target and are looking to shed excess weight, it’s important to be disciplined in your approach and to adopt a holistic outlook that incorporates nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
This article will give you some great tips to help you get physically fitter, healthier and shredded.
Watch What You Eat
Support your workout efforts by eating the right foods. A low carb and high fiber diet is great for lowering hunger pangs and helping with weight loss. Consider fiber-rich vegetables such as carrots and broccoli, legumes and berries. Carbs are still necessary for energy and should be increased slightly on the days when you’re planning a hard workout.
With 30% of your diet focused on fiber-rich carbs, 40% should be allocated to lean proteins such as lentils, nut butters and skinless white poultry or fish. The remaining 30% should be healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados and nuts.
As well as eating the right foods, it’s important to keep an eye on your portions. To lose body fat and get that shredded look you need to create a slight calorie deficit in your body, so make sure you are not overeating. This will allow your body to use up its fat reserves for fuel.
Full-Body Strength Workouts
Getting a lean body involves increasing your muscle mass while reducing your body fat. The best way to achieve this goal is by doing full-body workouts where you are lifting heavy weights with minimal rest. Low repetitions with heavier weights will increase your muscle mass in the shortest time and will also increase your body’s strength.
To achieve a muscular physique in the shortest amount of time you need to keep challenging your muscles by lifting heavy weights. This is the best way to increase muscle hypertrophy and strength. The more muscular your body becomes, the more shredded you will look as your body continues to shed fat. In addition to this, increased muscle mass will raise your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which means your body will also burn more calories at rest.
Incorporating your resistance training with HIIT is another great way to burn calories and shed excess fat while maintaining your muscle mass. Compared to other forms of exercise that offer a steady cardio workout, HIIT produces greater results in a shorter amount of time. Some of the best HIIT workouts incorporate the following exercises:
· Jumping Jacks
Within just a few weeks, you’ll have increased your cardiorespiratory fitness which is your body’s ability to supply oxygen to the muscles, as well as your muscle strength.
Follow the guidance in this article and you’ll soon see transformations to your physique and benefits for your overall health.