Six Ways to Get in Shape Fast
Does Looking at all Your Excess Fat and Skin have You Spiraling Down the Path of Depression?
It is true that transitioning from a state of obesity into a sleek looking body requires work – but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are, after all, no shortcuts or ‘magic’ supplements to use to get in shape. But here are a few tips you could use for faster weight loss and overall improvement in musculature.
Switching to a Higher Protein Diet
Your fitness plan begins in the kitchen, as there is no substitute for proper nutrition, and many experts believe that without good nutrition one cannot get into shape no matter how hard they push themselves. As such, you will want to ideally get rid of fried foods, sugary drinks, alcohol, and white bread. Instead, you should incorporate a high protein diet, aiming for one gram per pound of body-weight per day. You can consume plant-based proteins as well, such as beans and hummus, if you want to avoid meats completely.
Engaging in Compound Exercises
Build body strength by focusing on compound exercises that involve multiple muscles in one workout. These include the push-ups, planks, and lifting dumbbells. Contrary to popular opinion, compound exercises burn more calories than an average cardio routine. You can intensify your training with full body exercises, such as burpees and squats. These can help you target more muscles and burn more fat.
Increasing Your Time Under Stress
To grow your muscles, you should apply stress to them during a set. Slowing down the speed of eccentric and concentric movements can boost your body’s metabolic rate; this encourages rapid muscle growth and endurance. Once you start growing muscles, you will burn more calories because lean mass consumes energy at a faster rate than fat.
Find a Workout Partner
Working out comes down to two things: motivation and determination. Sure you are determined to hit the new milestone of losing 10 pounds fat and gaining 5 pounds muscle in one week, but do you have the motivation that is needed to lurch you ahead while you’re about to give up halfway through your goal? Joining a training group helps you because it hooks you up with a workout partner, and it gives you the means through which you can be held accountable.
Changing Your Routine
Your muscles easily get accustomed to the daily routine and are generally resistant to change. If you’re only performing one set of exercises, your muscles will adapt but not change. If you change your exercise routine, however, your muscles will not only adjust but will also improve and build strength, endurance, and of course, size.
Setting Realistic Goals
To keep yourself motivated, it is essential never to set yourself unrealistic goals and expectations. Don’t expect to lose 100 pounds in one week! Remember, slow and steady wins the race. It is recommended to take ‘before’ pictures so you can compare your new results to them. These pictures also serve as a motivational booster to make sure you stick to your program.