With the summer season creeping upon us, this means a new opportunity to hit your body goals. However, this takes a lot of work and could have you wishing you had started sooner or that you had a magic wand to tap your body with and POOF, you are fit and healthy.
While finding a shortcut can seem appealing to get there quickly, it can cut short your health and put you at risk. We have put a list together of some of the dangerous diets and workouts to avoid while preparing for your summer body.
Let’s face it, dieting is not as exciting because this means cutting back on your guilty pleasures. However, going on a complete overhaul can send your body into a state of shock. Drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables is one of the ways to balance your workout as it will give you the nutrients that you need. However, going on a liquid diet that only consists of water, fruit and veggie juice can set you up for failure. Your body will not be receiving the proteins and fats that it needs, therefore, it will store these until you resume your normal diet, making you regain all the weight that you have lost.
Demonising the fats
Counting calories or thinking of going on a detox that cancels out fats? You might want to rethink this. Fats are usually the first thing to go when it comes to being healthy, but you could be cutting out the most important fats that are good for you. Instead of tossing fats out the window its recommended to replace saturated and trans fats with plant-based fat (monounsaturated) and omega-3 (polyunsaturated fats), salmon, walnuts, olive oil, corn oil, soybean oil, and sunflower seeds.
A liquid diet inspired by Beyoncé which consists of you sipping on lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water to lose weight is not advisable. With you sipping on this for 6 to 12 times a day, it can give you the desired results, but it will cost you. By depriving your body of essential nutrients and survival mode to save whatever fats it needs, you will regain the weight. There could be instances where you gain more than what you lost.
Feeling motivated and driven by your desire to get your dream body by summer needs constant dedication. Maintaining a fit and healthy body takes discipline and consistency. However, your body also needs to rest. Hitting the gym for seven days straight with no rest can leave you exhausted, in pain, and likely to sustain an injury. The amount of sweating that you will experience during this time can also cause you to lose electrolytes. You can start with a workout schedule with apps such as Nike’s training app that tailor makes the workouts for you based on the level that you are on to not overwhelm your body. There is also the option of speaking to a biokenticist or personal trainer to get something that will be tailormade for you.
It is important to start a workout regime or diet that you will be able to sustain to reach your goals. Always remember to listen to your body. We advise you to proceed carefully and consult a dietician or fitness expert if you are unsure.