Your long-awaited summer holiday is on the horizon and to get you fully glossed, you might have a myriad of tasks that you want to be ticked-off – hair, nails, waxing, eyelash tint… But when it comes to making sure your tummy looks hot in your swimmies, then you need to work from the inside too…
Even with only a couple of weeks to go, it’s not too late to make a difference to those wobbly bits and give yourself a confidence boost. As well as trying to get your Sleek workouts in (particularly focussing on getting that heart rate up with the likes of the latest Classical Dance Express Workout) one of the quickest ways to make the difference is to reduce sugar intake – in all its forms.
1. Eliminate sugary and sweet treats
Sugar really is up there with top offenders to your waist-line. It spikes your insulin levels which generally leads to rapid fat storage – so, unless you are an athlete, the chances are that much of the sugar you consume will go straight to fat on your tummy. Furthermore, it’s addictive – after the initial energy burst and ‘feel-good factor’ quickly wear off, sugar leaves you hungry for more.
Eliminating sugar means avoiding both the obvious sources such as table sugar added to tea, sweets, biscuits, cakes, jams and fizzy drinks – and also being aware of less obvious sources such as low-fat products, ready meals and salad dressings – many of which have sugar added to enhance the flavour. Even natural sugars will raise insulin so you will need to keep an eye on how much fruit juice and fruit you have too – with berries, kiwis, plums and peaches being less sugary options than apples, bananas and raisins, for example. If you consider yourself to be a ‘sugar addict’, you will need to be really tough on yourself for at least five days until you feel your cravings start to subside. If you find yourself struggling, then discuss taking a sugar balancing multi-nutrient supplement with a nutritional therapist.
2. Cut back the carbs
Your body breaks down carbohydrates to sugar for fuel and, as we know, excess sugar can get stored as body fat. However, as you ramp up your Sleek work-outs, the more fuel your body is likely to need and some carbohydrates are pretty good sources of nutrients – so, I don’t necessarily advocate cutting out carbs completely. But if you are looking to get that stomach leaner quickly, then simply save your carb intake for the three hours immediately after exercising as this is when your body is likely to be most efficient at handling sugar. And when you do eat carbs, make sure you go for the more nutritious wholegrain or ‘brown’ options – not the white, overly processed options which break down to sugar more quickly. The trick is to get creative with your food choices and not to fall back on old staples like toast, cereals, sandwiches and pasta with every meal. Instead of grains, focus on making a sizeable portion of lean protein the ‘centre piece’ of each meal – for example, a fillet of fish, lean beef, chicken breast, whole-cut ham, beans and lentils or eggs – and then pack out the rest of your plate with a colourful mix of vegetables or salad.
Hungry for more? If you are keen to see beautiful results in not just your body shape but your wellbeing as a whole, then our guided nutrition and exercise plan ‘Living in Full Flow’ will be exactly what you are looking for. Alongside Victoria and Flik of Sleek Technique, we have created this 21 day programme of food and movement which encompasses the health of your mind, body and spirit. The beautiful programme guides you towards shaping long lean balletic muscle tone and improved flexibility as well as better digestion, hormonal balance, increased energy levels and a glowing complexion. We are sure you will love flowing with us! More about the programme HERE
Nutritional Therapist at Gut Reaction