Here are 4 summer body fitness tips that will make you a lean, mean health machine.These tips will also make you looking and feel great

Hydrate w. water
When the stomach senses that it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. It is always important to drink enough water. This is especially necessary during the summer months. According to the American Heart Association, staying hydrated is critical for your heart health. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles easier. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. This is not anything to take for granted. Without enough water, your heart is going to suffer. If your heart suffers your body will as well.

Re-think your drink
Sure, heavy winter sips, like hot chocolate, are off the menu, but sugary soft drinks, frozen coffee drinks, lemonade, sweetened teas, sports drinks, and even iced lattes can be loaded with added sugars. And then there are the margaritas and other spring-time cocktails. If you’re sipping sugary drinks on the regular, it’s a good idea to cut way back. Here’s why: Your body doesn’t compute liquids the same way it computes solids, so calorie-for-calorie, you’ll never feel as satisfied with sips.

Veg-Out
The truth is, you don’t need to count calories to lose weight if you get a few things right. For starters, eat more whole foods and especially more veggies, and cut way back on overly processed and super sugary stuff. A good goal is to aim for a half-plate of veggies at lunch and dinner.

If you’re currently a veggie-phobe, start sprinkling them into foods you already enjoy. I’ve found that a Fruit & Veggie smoothie, an omelet or frittata, a pasta dish, and soup are some good entry-level options. Best fat loss vegetables are:

  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Green Leaf Vegetables

Change it Up
When you lift weights, walk, or jog for your workout, what you’re actually doing is teaching your muscles how to be stronger and more conditioned. For your muscles to grow and become more toned, you have to challenge them with more than they can handle. This idea of overloading your muscles is one of the most important principles of strength training and the guiding force behind any good routine.

  • Change the frequency of your workouts
  • Change the exercises you perform during your workout
  • Change weights and reps you do for your resistance training 

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