Top tips for getting into shape!
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For anyone looking to achieve an eye-catching physique, a key tip to remember is that getting amazing results is 70% down to what you put in your mouth and 30% related to the exercise routine you take up. So, with this in mind, here are some top tips from the experts at David Lloyd Leisure, Europe’s premier health, sport and leisure group, for blasting body fat and getting the body of your dreams: Little and often Consuming small meals and snacks throughout the day will rev up your metabolism and enable you body to burn an extra 350 calories per day. Eating every two to three hours keeps your blood sugar levels from dipping or spiking, maintains high energy levels and destroys those extra calories. Increase protein Protein regulates your hunger and blood sugar levels, and provides the building blocks for you muscle tissue. Therefore, getting this into every meal is essential for anyone trying to eat healthily, tone up and get ripped. Basically, any animal that walks, swims or flies is a good source of protein. For vegetarians, cottage cheese and protein shakes are a great provider. Hydration is key How many times have you heard that you have to drink around two litres of water a day? Does anyone really tell us why? Water acts as a carrier, distributing essential nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and glucose to cells, and helping to break down food and distribute it throughout the body. If water is absent, food is not transported and stored as fat. Dehydration can cause endurance levels to flag, as well as tiredness, headaches and dizziness - all of which will have a detrimental effect on your exercise regime. Pre-workout meal
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- 3hrs before – a small meal with a combination of protein and good carbohydrates;
- 2hrs before – a protein bar or shake;
- 1hr before – a small snack eg. a handful of almonds and a banana
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