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6 steps to getting bikini ready fast (Without Going Nuts…)

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Get That Bikini Bod Sorted In Time For Summer 

Greetings mamas! I’m going to share some techniques and eating strategies you can use to help you get rid of bloat (a lot of that is water retention and inflammation) burn fat and build lean muscle mass that will make you look even better at the beach.

No crazy dieting or pills involved and needless to say you won’t go hungry.(yay!)

Let’s do this!

Farewell sugar

When your body is running on sugar it’s nowhere near fat burning because you can’t burn fat when you’re spiking insulin. And sadly you spike insulin every single time you eat something high in sugar. Plus, it bloats you and makes you retain more water. It’s sad… I know. Let’s take a moment to mourn all that sugar you won’t be eating as of today.

Sleeping makes you slim

This is tricky for a mama, I know that. But fat burning happens during one phase of sleep only; the delta wave sleep (the deep one). So try your very best to get at least 7 hours sleep at night and you will wake up lighter (literally!).

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting means that you go longer between your meals a few days a week, which helps you burn fat longer those days. Try going down to just two healthy meals per day, 3 days per week.

You obviously then need to choose meals that will keep you full! For instance a big salad full of cruciferous vegetables, some bacon or chicken, avocado, red or green peppers, a boiled egg and some nuts and seeds for added protein and omega 3s. Make sure you get fat in there (avocado, nuts and seeds) because that will keep you full longer.

Interval Training

Ok, I am obsessed with HIIT (high intensity interval training). It sounds scary but it’s not, promise! HIIT helps you lose weight faster than any other form of exercise plus it’s easy do to by yourself and doesn’t take a lot of time. Try running at your max for 2 minutes, then stopping for 30 seconds and repeating this strategy for ~20 minutes at least 3 days a week. This is called the Tabata method and it works!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in water before a meal will suppress insulin spikes (remember those nasty buggers?) Try this before your biggest meal of the day. ACV keeps you in fat burning mode, when you eat. Score!

Nutrient-packed foods

A lot of sugar and snacks cravings come from nutrient deficiencies. Try to choose healthy fats like avocados, lean proteins (chicken, fish, tofu), lots of vegetables plus eggs (they are a powerhouse of nutrition).

And remember, this is not a diet, you can eat as much of this as you want and need. Sadly not all food was created equal and you need to make the right choices.

Good luck! And remember, you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to.

If you have any questions, please send me an email: jacksonlitchfield@gmail.com

This post was originally published in May 2017 on the site.

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