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Summer Weight Loss

04th July 2016

7 top tips to lose weight this summer (it might be easier than you think!)
Summer is here and many people are scrambling around looking for those last minute tips and cheats on how to get their body tip top, toned and trim in time for those dreaded holiday snaps.

Fear not, as LifestyleFitness.co.uk has tracked down a smorgasbord of foolproof top tips proven to aid weight loss and improve your body shape that wont call for a full-blown lifestyle change.

Up your cardio
Sure, it might sound obvious, but alongside a balanced diet, even just two sessions of moderate cardio training a week can work wonders on your waistline. It’s a well known fact that belly fat is the first to go during a new training regime, and the social and mental benefits are there for all to see, helping to keep you happy and motivated. Dieting alone is a lazy, short term and ultimately flawed idea that will more often than not deliver frustrating results.

Sleep well
It may come as a surprise to many, but a regular sleep pattern significantly aides weight loss, allowing for a healthier lifestyle, higher levels of motivation and a more regulated training routine. Studies show that adults with a poor sleeping pattern are 55% more likely to be obese, whilst the figure jumps to a staggering 89% in children.

Drink water. Lots of water
Along from the more obvious health benefits of staying hydrated, it’s been proven that drinking plenty of water can rapidly increase metabolism, especially over short periods. Studies show that drinking just half a litre of water 30 minutes before a meal can give your metabolism a 24-30% kick in the right direction when your body needs it most. What’s more, drinking water before meals reduces hunger, aiding portion control and reducing overeating.

Forget what you look like whilst you’re burning fat
The Instagram models of this world might make fitness look easy, what with their perfect hair, favourably-lit complexions and sweat-free selfies. It’s just not realistic. Forget looking gorgeous whilst you’re on the treadmill and embrace your training face. The aesthetic benefits are around the corner.

Lift weights
The age-old adage that muscle weighs more than fat may well be true, but it is also true that a truly balanced weight loss plan requires a little muscle gain to stand a chance of succeeding. Now, we’re not encouraging a Schwarzenegger-style ballooning here, but a touch of iron-pumping will keep your body from entering metabolic slowdown, a damaging side effect of weight loss that saps metabolism and increases mental and physical fatigue.

Don’t diet
From Atkins to Cabbage Soup, Grapefruit to 5/2, diet fads are a frustrating and often dangerous waste of time that are just not realistic to most people. Why overcomplicate it? Simply eat healthier, cutting down on sugar and trans-fats and increasing your intake of fresh veg and protein, whilst committing to a positive change in your exercise routine. It really can be that simple.

Train hard, not long
The pavement pounders amongst us will sympathise that trudging along a busy road can be a dull, arduous and motivation-sapping routine that has weight loss routines thrown in the bin time and time again. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is often a far more effective, varied and motivational weight burning tactic that produces quicker results and is easier to fit into your