Getting Ready for Summer on Short Notice


How to Fry Those Spring Rolls – We’re Bringing Sexy Back!

By Darrell W. Butler, TFW/Parisi Sports Performance Coach; ACE, NFPT CPT

As the old saying goes, “Summer bodies are made in the Winter” …but now it’s late Spring and you still haven’t gotten started yet?  Uh oh so now what?  Well, before you throw in the towel and concede to wearing t-shirts in the pool all season, don’t worry, all hope is not lost!  There’s still plenty of time to get that hot summer body that you wanted, but you’ll need to get started right away!  With that said, it’s time for a little Spring cleaning!  Here’s the game plan to help you make up for lost time!

 

  1. Clearly define your goals – Do you have a vacation planned for this summer or perhaps a wedding or class reunion to attend? If so, that’s great!  Use the dates of these events as your motivation to stay focused and on track!  Circle them on the calendar or select an outfit for the event that you’d like to fit into.  Place that outfit right in the front of your closet as a reminder to stay on course.  Try to focus on clothing size, body measurements and body fat percentage instead of weight for your goal however because those factors are much more important to your overall appearance and won’t fluctuate as much throughout the day.
  2. Get moving! – It’s going to be pretty difficult for you to build the body of your dreams from the couch so you’re going to need to get a move on…literally! Whether you choose to walk, run, bike or swim, you’re going to have to increase your cardiovascular activity to help start trimming the fat.  Try to pick something that elevates your heart rate and works up a sweat though, so joining a beer softball league or participating in a Netflix “marathon” may not get it done!  But generally speaking, just get out there and do something!  Whichever activity you choose, don’t be afraid to mix it up and try different things to constantly keep your body guessing.
  3. Viva la Resistance – …or resistance training in this case! Cardio is great and all but we’re going to need a well balanced attack if you’re going to win the battle of the bulge.  Strength and resistance training is just as important.  Why?  Because the increase in muscle mass will help your body burn fat faster.  Besides, it can’t be “sun’s out, gun’s out (or suns out buns out for all of the squatters out there!)” if you don’t have the guns right?  For those of you who may be afraid that “lifting weights will make you look like a bodybuilder” you have to remember that it takes many years of intense training to build that type of physique so you’re not going to suddenly turn into She Hulk just because you did 3 sets of biceps curls!  Besides, resistance training isn’t just dumbbells and machines, you can also use bodyweight or even bands to help build the type of look that you’re aiming for.  You can also try a combination of strength and cardio training in a boot camp style routine.  What you don’t want to do, however, is ignore strength training completely.  Doing so will cause your results to take twice as long to achieve and may result in your looking “skinny fat” without any muscle to fill out your frame.  You know that look that I’m talking about – trust me, you don’t want it.  Skinny fat is no bueno so hit the weights!
  4. Ignore the Ice Cream Man – Okay, you knew this one was coming. There’s just no way around it, if you want to get that hot summer body, you going to have to eat right.  Sure an occasional cheat meal here and there is usually fine, but depending on the target date of your goal, there may not be any time to veer off course.  With that said, you’re going to need to focus on drinking more water and drinking less soda and alcohol.  Try cutting back on sugars and sodium, eat less processed foods and be sure to take in a healthy balance of complex carbs, protein and healthy fats.  Notice that I said balance so it’s not necessary to resort to fad diets and weight loss schemes.  Instead, take the time to learn how various nutrients affect your body or consult a certified dietician to help you devise a meal plan that you can stick to. 
  5. Supplements – Since we’re a supplement company (and an amazing one at that!) you may have expected this subject to appear first. The reason it’s positioned last however is because there really is no magic pill.  We don’t sell unicorns here on BetancourtNutrition.com – you’re still going to have to put in the work.  A supplement is just that; it helps you get the most out of the work that you’re already doing.  So, if you’re not putting in the work, you’re not going to truly reap all of the incredible benefits from our innovative products.  With that said, we have a huge selection of great options to help you each step of the way along your path to reaching your goals.  Did you know that Carnitine Plus, for example, can help you burn fat and maximize your cardiovascular output?   Or that B-Nox and Creatine Plus can help you push through those strength training routines?  Are you not getting enough protein and amino acids?  We’ve got that covered too with Beef Standard and BCAA Plus.  Which products are right for you?  Visit the product page to read more about each one and be sure to check out my Product Education Videos where I break down the contents to help you make the right decision based on your goals!

 

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Darrell W. Butler is a certified fitness and nutrition specialist and holds a BA degree from Rutgers University.  As the founder of My Fitness Muse, Darrell has consulted for numerous fitness facilities and media publications. Check out his full bio under Men’s Fitness.