We're already 4 months into the year, and the time to earn our summer body is now. With June 21st rapidly approaching, we can still make some easy-to-implement changes that can make a big impact on our overall physique.
We asked our seasoned trainer Debbie Valencia to give us some pro-tips on how to make the summer cut.
1. Carb Cycling
This is not eating bread while on a bicycle, instead, carb cycling is cycling the amount of carbs you eat through out the week.
To do carb cycling correctly, you have to be counting your macro nutrients. Your macro nutrients are the collective carbs, fats, and proteins you eat in a single day. There are tons of apps, which can tally them on your phone. HERE are some of the highest recommended counter apps.
Typically you'll have 2 high carb days and 5 low carb days. On the high carb days, you're going to want to do your more intense workout, such as a leg day. This is because you will have more energy from eating more and use more energy in your workout.
Here is how Debbie breaks it down:
(Disclaimer: Meal plans are based on weight, height and activity level. Avoid starting a meal plan without advice from a professional.)
High Carb Days:
-50% protein, 40% carbs, 10% fats
-Carb intake should be split between 4 meals
-Last two carb meals should be complex carbs (greens)
Low Carb Days:
-60% protein, 30% carbs, 10% fats
-Carb intake should be split between 2 meals
Slinmax is a supplement which helps our bodies partition carbs so they can more readily be used as energy, instead of stored as fat. This means that the supplement helps our bodies absorb protein, so we can instead use the carbs as readily accessible energy. This enhances fat loss because you are storing less carbs.
Slinmax can be taken 10-20 minutes before any meal containing 50-100 grams of carbs.
3. BCAA's (or Branch Chain Amino Acids)
BCAA's help with protein synthesis, which is the body's ability to absorb and use protein more efficiently for energy and fat loss. Check out our blog article on BCAA's HERE.
Debbie recommends taking BCAA's immediately after your workouts to help minimize the post-workout slump, and keep our metabolism firing.
4. Consistency is Key
We are whatever we do regularly. The key to consistency is finding something that motivates you. A good way to stay motivated is to create "rewards" for yourself. Whether it's a new gym outfit or your favorite post workout snack, find a reward system that works for you.
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