3 Tips to Get Your Best Body Ever

BY Joy McCarthy TIMESeptember 19, 2014 PRINT

Getting your best body is easier than you think! To begin, your number one priority should always be your health followed by the appearance of your body. Getting your best body ever is actually a side effect of good health and when you make that mental shift, everything changes. You can feel your best and look your best by making simple changes today.

Lift Weights 2-4 Times per Week to Look and Feel Your Best.

Every time I hit the gym, I see line-ups at the cardio equipment and people running endless hours on the treadmill in an effort to achieve their best body ever. Cardio exercise such as running or cycling helps to strengthen your heart, but it’s not the most efficient way to get your best body.

When you have more lean mass (which you attain from lifting weights), you burn more calories at rest because you raise your metabolic rate. When you lower your body fat mass, your body is healthier and happier with more lean tissue and works harder to convert fuel into energy. If hitting the gym is not on the horizon, aim to do some form of weight training activity everyday whether it means taking the stairs or doing step-ups on a bench.

Eliminate Absolutely Everything White in Your Diet for 2 Weeks.

This means, no white flour bread products, white pasta, white rice and all products with sugar. Read your labels carefully because sugar can be deceiving and comes in many forms including: corn syrup, malt syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, sorbitol, lactose, maltose, mannitol, invert sugar, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, polydextrose and maltodextrin. These refined foods are stripped of their nutrients and cause a quick rise in blood sugar levels. This excess sugar gets converted to fat and is stored on your belly, hips and butt. Taking a break from these foods will likely result in a renewed sense of health, energy and your waistline will thank you for it.

Eat Breakfast Like a KING, Lunch Like a PRINCE and Dinner like a PAUPER.

Eating your smallest meal at night makes sense when you are burning fewer calories and getting ready to hit the sack. One of the most common mistakes we make is eating our biggest meal before bed when our metabolism is slowing down.

Never go to bed with a full stomach. As many of us try to sleep eight hours a night, try to limit food consumption a couple hours before bed. Sleep is meant for rest, relaxation and repair. If your body’s energy and blood is focused on your digestion, how will you repair the rest of your body like your brain and your muscles?

Experiment with these tips for a couple of weeks and you will be pleasantly surprised at the changes you see in your overall health. Remember that getting your best body ever is a side effect of good health!

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