A while ago I posted this picture online and I was asked a lot of questions. I have defo gone through so many major fitness choices in my lifetime, hey I used to be the girl who wrote fake notes to get out of sports lessons in school . . .HOWEVER I have finally found a routine that works for me and picked up some helpful tips along the way.
*Before I start I just want to mention the importance of genetics and being realistic, everyone has a different body shape and sometimes it is hard to go from one extreme to another so whilst these tips may work for me and some others it may not be beneficial to everyone. To add to this, I am not saying one body is better than another! Everyone has their personal struggles and mine has been my shape but I am learning to accept it now*
- The first thing I did, and sorry it is kinda dull but, I increased the amount of water I drink significantly. I now aim for at least 1.5 litres a day and truthfully I do add squash to give it more flavour haha. Do not underestimate the importance of water for definition as it flushes out toxins and supports the body and all the organs through their individual processes.
- Research, reasearch, research! Honestly this one is important! This is no point following a plan that is meant for bodybuilding if you want to slim down etc, likewise there is no point spending hours doing cardio if you want to tone up. By knowing what you want to achieve you can limit and narrow down results and follow those that can help you achieve what you want. In my case I mix cardio with weights because I want to maintain/slim down a little but also keep my curves.
- Try not to eat late. This is something I have come to realise after years of eating late and waking up feeling bloated and groggy. I try to not eat anything after around 8 pm ( obviously occasions are different)
- The stairs are your BFF. Even if you don’t have a gym membership take advantage of stairs as over time they really tone the thighs and hips without even realising. This is one of my favourite machines at the gym as it targets the areas I want to tone.
- If you want to build muscle you need to increase calories and feed your body after a workout. Without fuel there will be virtually no growth. I am not at the stage yet of wanting to increase muscle but I always make sure I eat something filled with protein after a workout such as Soya yogurt ( I am partially lactose intolerant) or grilled chicken.
- Cut down on salt! Guys I can not stress this enough! Salt is the number one culprit for feeling bloated and causing your body to hold on to water weight. Salt is often found in high quantities in pre-made sandwiches or ready meals so defo one to avoid.
- Small repetitions of weights sculpt and define the hips and waist, don’t be afraid to lift! You will not suddenly become mega bulky trust me.
Also just some things that don’t work:
- Any supplement claiming you can get curves from doing nothing is BS ( Yes I have seen many celebs promote “curve pills” which promise to increase curves) Trust me from experience they do not work!
- If you are not intolerant to gluten there is really no need to cut it out of your diet. So many people think gluten-free will cause weight loss but really the easiest way to lose weight is to cut calories and move more. Gluten does cause bloating but do not expect to suddenly change a body shape by cutting out gluten in the long-term.
- Don’t rely purely on protein shakes for a protein hit. Protein powder is great for a boost or as an extra but more goodness can be found in foods that contain high levels of protein rather than just drinking protein powder shakes after every workout. ( FYI lactose intolerant humans, WHEY protein contains milk so please be aware)
These are just some tips that worked for me, this is by no means a detailed explanation of what one needs to do, but I hope it provides some use!