Why You Need to Start Working on Your Summer Body Now
The brief but beautiful British summer is fast approaching. Whether you’re flying solo, taking a trip with your friends or simply catching some much needed sun in the park, you’re probably going to want to look your best. Now’s the perfect time to hit the gym and put in the work. Here are five reasons why…
1. IT WILL BE EASIER
Let’s face it – training can get pretty tough, especially when you’re short on time. So make things easier on yourself and get started now. Training over a longer period – say 12 weeks – gives you plenty of time to make small tweaks to your diet and training regime, which means you will see steady progression and won’t have to go ‘all in’ straight away.
2. MAKE MORE DRAMATIC CHANGES
You can only achieve so much in a short amount of time. By giving yourself a 12 week window, you’ll be able to build a significant amount of muscle and have time leftover to shed body fat – unveiling your brand new beach ready physique.
3. DISCOVER WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T
With plenty of time on your hands you’ll have more options to play with and ultimately be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t. If you only have a small time frame there’s not much wiggle room, so if something isn’t working, it’s usually too late.
4. GET RESULTS THAT LAST
Crash diets and unrealistic training regimes cause what we call a ‘rebound effect’.
If your calorie intake is low and energy expenditure high, your body can slow down your metabolism to match the amount of calories you’re consuming. This is a built in survival mechanism your body activates when it thinks food is in short supply. Pretty amazing really, but not when you’re trying to lean up for summer!
Let’s say you do one of these crash diets, your body goes into survival mode, you lose some fat and then you jet off to a sunny island. For your whole trip you drink nothing but cocktails and eat nothing but kebabs. What do you think will happen? Obviously your body’s going to struggle to cope with the excess calories and dodgy food choices so all that hard work will be lost within a matter of weeks.
5. IT’S WAY HEALTHIER
By slowly dropping your calorie intake and upping the amount of exercise, you’re giving your body ample opportunity to adjust.
On the other hand, by drastically dropping your calorie intake and upping the amount of exercise, you’re putting a large amount of stress on your system.
It’s much better to build up momentum on these things than to go all out from the start.