Ready for summer
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: GLENN MAINWARING
With summer in full swing, Q&C beefcake Glenn is back to whip us into shape ready for the holiday season. Read on for his lowdown on diets, clean-eating, healthy living and his beloved HIIT training with a special workout just for us.
I know some of you are probably thinking you should have planned better for the holiday season which is now upon us. I can bet you’re wishing away inches from your waistline as temperatures soar and clothes are shed. The truth is only you know if you’re feeling comfortable in those swimming trunks or happy gadding about town in your skimpiest shorts.
If, like me, you want to feel extra svelte and confident at that rooftop summer soirée, you might want to follow my quick tips so you don’t miss the party.
Diet? Ditch it!
Yes, you could attempt to lose weight with a big drop in calorie intake but this is a quick fix and in no time you’ll find it’s not sustainable and will soon return to those old eating habits. So my advice for a body transformation would be to ditch the low-calorie route - it won’t provide a good solution with summer already in full swing.
Instead, start reaching for the healthier options, think “Clean Eating”.
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Clean eating isn’t a fad but a sensible way to eat and lends itself to improving our health and well-being. Clean eating involves a few key principles that support the basic principles of healthy eating. It’s pretty simple. Whole foods, grass fed and free-range meats and wholegrain items. Basically avoid processed or refined foods - and like your mother said - eat your vegetables. Veg is a good carb which should be eaten with every meal. Also increase your consumption of plant-based proteins, such as beans, lentils and peas, and high-protein whole grains, like quinoa, barley and buckwheat.
Also try and eat regular, balanced meals and healthy nourishing snacks with not too much sugar. Eat at home more often – this way you can control what you put in your mouth, and you have the opportunity to prepare food in healthier ways. Prepare food to eat away from home, at work or on the road. If you choose to cut calories through diet fads then you won’t have the best summer as energy levels will be low - so instead take my advice and counter fatigue with homemade prepped meals that are rich in complex carbs, protein, fiber and minerals.
Also, choose wisely when eating out.
Adopt a healthier lifestyle by getting as much physical activity during the week as you can. If time is a problem, try and do at least one exercise every day, even if it’s just taking a walk after work. Get plenty of sleep at night and manage stress in healthy ways – maybe try meditation or a yoga class. Connect with people you enjoy being with and be sociable.
Don’t be a thirsty bitch
A lot of people underestimate the importance of hydration when it comes to fat loss, and drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest steps you can take for a healthier body and mind. Start drinking early in the morning and aim to drink between 3-5 litres per day depending on your body. This may seem like a lot but trust me, you won’t get as hungry and it will help your body stay lean. Some of the other benefits of drinking lots of water include healthier skin, teeth and bones, improved digestion, reduced fatigue and increased fat metabolism.
HIIT me up summer time
I’m a massive fan of high intensity interval training (HIIT). High Intensity Interval training is a form of exercise in which you alternate between various exercises at a very high level intensity for short bursts followed by a very short or no resting time between the next exercises.
I encourage this form of exercise as it’s the best way to burn fat and it will send your energy levels through the roof ready for post-work sunshine. It’s also ideal for Q&C readers as its perfect for the great outdoors; you don’t need a gym or any equipment. You can even give it a go in your work lunch-break to free up your evening.
Check out my new bodyweight HIIT workout, perfect for beginners or experienced fitness enthusiasts.
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