Top tips on how to get your perfect summer body through cutting

Top tips on how to get your perfect summer body through cutting

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting lighter, which can only mean one thing…

 

Summer is coming! 

 

As many of us look forward to the summer days spent absorbing the sun, the anxiety of body image and wondering ‘how do I look’ are also fast approaching. 

 

If this sounds like you, don’t worry this is completely normal and you are not alone. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation has found that 34% of people in the UK have negative thoughts about their body image. So, to help combat the body conscious blues as summer gets closer, we are sharing five top tips to cut for summer so you can feel confident and comfortable in your own skin!

 

  1. Eat in a calorie deficit 

 

Having a balanced diet is crucial for a successful cut. Eating the right foods will not fuel you up for your daily tasks as well as help you maintain a caloric deficit. 

 

If you’re wondering what a calorie deficit is, it means that you’ll burn more calories each day than you take in which is a scientific process that causes the human body to lose weight. 

 

This doesn’t mean to reduce your calorie intake by massive amounts. Remember that the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman is 2,000 and 2,500 for a man. A calorie deficit simply means to burn more calories than you consume, so by eating the right foods, combined with a little exercise, you’ll be good to go!

 

  1. Incorporate HITT cardio into your workouts 

 

HIIT, meaning high intensity interval training is a proven way to lose weight. This is because you exercise at a rapid pace for 20 to 30 seconds, followed by another 20 or 30 seconds at a more moderate pace. These constant changes in pace allow your body to burn more fat because it is working harder to change your pace. 

 

The benefit of HITT workouts are that they are so fast paced and intense that they can be as short as five or six minutes. Meaning that you can easily fit this into your daily or weekly routine. 

 

  1. Lift weights 

 

Most fitness enthusiasts know that you need to lift weights consistently to maintain muscle and reduce fat, (which is why the weight lifting section in the gym is full more often than not).

 

Adding muscle mass will help you lose fat as muscle mass burns more calories than fat, even while resting. 

 

When cutting, it’s important to include weight lifting in your workouts because you may keep burning calories for hours or days after your workout because lifting burns calories when resting. 

 

  1. Eat more protein

As covered in previous blogs, protein is an extremely important component to a healthy lifestyle. It is also an effective way to cut for summer. 

 

Protein is vital during cutting as it’s thermogenic, meaning that is burns fat. It will also preserve your muscle mass that you build up when lifting weights. 

 

It’s best to consume at least one gram per pound of bodyweight of protein for the best effects. When eating, opt for low fat protein options such as fish and chicken to avoid consuming unwanted calories in the lead up to summer.

 

  1. Drink more water

The recommended 6-8 daily glasses of water is not only great for your health but is another great way to cut in time for summer. 

 

Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, burns fat, keeps you hydrated, and makes you feel fuller. Drinking a glass before all your main meals helps to prevent overeating.

 

This will help you cut for summer, and keep you hydrated in the hotter months!

 

Don’t leave your summer cut to the last minute, the sooner you start the sooner your summer body will be ready!

 

 

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