The May long weekend is the unofficial start of summer and everyone is thrilled that it’s finally here! But if you’ve neglected your exercise routine and diet for the past several months, you might not be feeling all that confident about getting into a tank top and shorts this season. Not to worry. Follow the 5 tips below and you can make some big changes that will have you feeling sleeker by the August long weekend!

1. Eat more Veggies: Your mom was right, eating vegetables really is a good idea, especially when preparing to shimmy into skimpier clothes. Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, veggies are low in calories and high in fibre, which means that you’re filling up without packing on pounds. Second, the vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables nourish your body and cut down on cravings. 

2. Add five Minutes: Each week, add 5 minutes to your workouts. Just five more minutes. The slight increase from week to week will hardly be noticeable, but the extra fat burn will pay off nicely. Use these extra five minutes to do an intense burst of exercise, such as burpees, squat to presses and walking lunges. Or take it outside and try hill sprints!

3. Double up on Water: Not only will staying extra hydrated help your skin to have a healthy glow, it will also speed up your fat loss efforts. Most of us are walking around in a state of chronic dehydration, which contributes to fatigue, stubborn weight gain and constipation. By drinking more water throughout the day, and by limiting your intake of caffeinated beverages, you’ll become healthier, more radiant, and more confident in your shorts or swimsuit!

4. Eat low Carb (after 4pm): One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist is to eat low carb after 4pm each day. This means eating dinners that are centred around salads and vegetables rather than breads and pastas. If you simply must have your oatmeal or whole grain bread each day, then eat it for breakfast or lunch and give low carb dinners a try. Don’t forget that sugar counts as carbs, so skip that sugary dessert and try a grapefruit instead.

5. Train with Me: If you’re not yet one of my beloved clients, then now is the time! I’d love to get you into beach season shape, and to give you the foundation that will keep you lean and healthy for life. Call or email today and we will get you started this week on an exercise program that will get you back in control of your body.

Lemon Blanched Asparagus

Asparagus is in season, yay! 
This is a quick and healthy asparagus recipe that’s easy to make anytime during the week. 

Part of an on-going fat burning meal plan is to eat small, protein+fibre based meals every 2-3 hours, and this lemon blanched asparagus is a fantastic recipe to use for the greens and fibre in your meals. I like to make a triple batch that will last in the fridge in a large ziplock bag for about 3 days of meals. Make sure not to blanch too long, so that the asparagus maintains a crisp-tender consistency, so that it will remain fresh tasting for a few days, and never mushy. Enjoy!

Servings: 4

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Here’s what you need

  1. 1 lemon

  2. 1 large bunch asparagus, ends trimmed

  3. sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large skillet. Juice the lemon and add to the water.

  2. Add the asparagus to the boiling water for 4 minutes. Remove the asparagus with tongs, or by pouring into a colander. Generously season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 20 calories, 0g fat, 4g carbohydrate, 2mg sodium, 1g sugar, 2g fibre, and 2g protein.