Winterspeck is a German word that describes the fat we put on during the winter. It’s such a common phenomenon it has its own word – in German at least. However, we can all relate to it. Cold days and nights, dense winter foods, lots of sugar, and calories. It’s no wonder everyone makes a promise to knock it off in the new year.
Then, along comes summer,b but the winterspeck is still hanging around. With warm weather, sunshine, and an abundance of fruit hanging from the branches, this might be the best time to slim down or get back into training.
3 Simple Ways to Lose Weight this Summer
The Fitness Diet
Reducing weight and improving fitness is not all about going to the gym and burning calories, or hitting the weights: you’ve got to get your diet and nutrition right too. It’s a balancing act between training and eating the right things.
First of all you’ve got to abandon the processed foods. They might be convenient and suitable for your budget, but they offer relatively low nutritional value and might contribute to weight gain as you try to knock it off.
Focus instead on whole foods. For weight loss, eat lean protein, complex carbs, and fiber. If you want to build muscle, think – turkey, yogurt, fish, and eggs.
The Juice Diet
If you want a fast-acting diet to reduce weight and cleanse your system of toxins at the same time, boosting it with nutrients – give the three-day juice diet a try.
A 3 day home juice cleanse will give your digestive system a break, promote water-weight loss, regulate your blood-sugar level, and re-hydrate your body. Summer is a fantastic time to try it out because there are so many fresh fruits available bursting with nutrients.
Open a diet journal and arrange what juice recipes you’re going to have and at what time of the day. It’s a good idea to keep the recipes and times consistent across the three days for best results. Decide what recipes work best for you then stock up on local summer fruits. Check out the juice recipes in the link to get started.
It is claimed that intermittent fasting offers a range of health and lifestyle benefits such as weight loss, improved metabolism, and even an increase in lifespan.
So how does it work? Based on research intermittent fasting operates on the premise that it’s not necessarily what you eat but when you eat that matters. When our insulin levels drop far enough, and for long enough, we can burn off fat. This happens because fasting causes cells to release stored glucose as energy instead of using new sources. Fasting also encourages a lower calorie intake.
You could try the 16/8 method: fasting for 16 hours a day and restriction your food intake to an 8 hour period. The 5/2 method: eating normally five days of the week and restricting your calorie intake for 2 days; or the Eat-Stop-Eat – which is a 24-hour fast once or twice a week.
So Tell Me…
Had you heard of Winterspeck? Does it happen to you? Have your tried any of these ways to shed a few pounds?
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