Having a ‘bikini body’ is something every girl dreams of, but not many actually manage to achieve. It’s because getting in shape is not an easy thing to do. It requires a lot of effort and a whole lot of patience. If it took you years to accumulate the fat, you can’t expect your body to burn it in a few days’ time. The weight-loss process takes time, but there are certain ways that can speed it up.
We’re not talking about surgery here, nor about methods that can have a bad impact on your health. Instead, we’re telling you that there are natural ways to boost the weight loss, all of which are proved to be effective. So, here are 6 fast ways a girl can lose weight without risking her health!
Yes, you’ve read it correctly – the hormone that gives the men that rough voice and causes the beard to grow is the hormone that can help you lose weight! This is because one of the roles of testosterone is to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more energy will your body consume. If you keep a diet, the energy source for feeding the muscles will have to be the accumulated fat.
“But, how on earth can I get testosterone rushing through my veins?” – you’re probably asking yourself this question. The answer is that you already have it in you! Despite being called the male hormone, testosterone is also produced by the ovaries. Of course, it is usually produced in minimal amounts, but a slight increase in its levels can help you achieve your weight goal.
As you surely don’t want to grow body hair or develop any other secondary male characteristics, you need to stay away from supplements that can significantly increase the T-levels. Instead, you can get a slight testosterone boost by changing your workout routine. Most women think that cardio is the way to go if you want to lose fat, but our advice is to head straight to the gym!
In order to encourage your body to build muscle, you must exercise hard. But, an aerobic workout won’t help you with this. In order to gain muscle, you need to start lifting weights. To get the most out of the time spent in the gym, we advise you to focus on one large muscle group at a time. For example, one workout should include nothing but leg exercises; another should focus on back muscles and so on.
But, don’t worry that you might end up looking too bulky. It literally takes a lifetime of weight lifting (and probably steroid abuse) in order to look like Nikky Fuller, Betty Pariso, or some other famous female bodybuilder.
The problem with hard workouts is that they can have a bad effect. If your goal is to lose fat and build lean muscle, too much exercise can bring just the opposite result. This can happen if you fail to feed your muscles with exactly what they need!
In order to build lean muscle, you need to eat plenty of protein. But, not every source of this nutrient is good. You need to focus on high-quality protein, such as chicken breast, beef, eggs, and fish. If you’re a vegan, there are some vegetables that contain plenty of protein – soy, peas, beans, kale, mushrooms, etc.
As every fitness instructor would tell you, the abs are carved in the kitchen, not in the gym. In order to get a bikini body, you need to get your diet in order. This implies cutting down on calories, but you probably already know it. Keeping the maximum calorie intake in the range between 1,500 and 2,000 is a must! What you probably don’t know is that most of those calories should come from fat!
Eating more fat can lead to burning more fat! We’re not talking nonsense – HFLC (high-fat low-carb) diet programs are recommended by physicians and nutritionists from all over the planet. In fact, even the Swedish government is proposing this kind of diet regime! And you can trust the Swedes – this is the country where the average life expectancy is over 83 years.
But, how do these diets work? Basically, if you eat plenty of healthy fat, you will make your body enter the state of ketosis. What this means is that the body will realize it has plenty of fat and starts burning some of it.
In order to get in the fat-burning state, you need to limit the consumption of carbohydrates. This especially goes for fast digesting carbs, such as simple sugars. You probably already know that sweets and carbonated drinks are your biggest enemies if you want to get in shape.
But, on top of that, simple carbs can wreak havoc on your hormones, especially insulin. This is because they make your blood sugar levels go up drastically. Furthermore, when it drops, you are bound to feel a sudden drop of energy.
Supplements can really help you get a bikini body. Of course, we’re not talking about “magic” weight-loss pills sold by quacks. What we have in mind is whey protein. This is a great way to supplement your diet with much-needed protein, while not consuming additional carbs or fat.
Usually, these supplements contain over 80% of protein, meaning that instead of overeating on sausage or some other unhealthy source of protein you can simply have a whey smoothie.