Spring and summer are always equated with the beach. That is why a lot of pre-summer cleanses and spring detoxes are also quite abundant by this time of the year. And it really is very easy to see why.
Going to the beach means you’ve got to be ready to flaunt your body. Sadly, doing so will reveal to the world if you have been hitting the gym or have been a couch potato in the few months leading up to spring. Chances are you’re the latter.
Not to worry though as we’re here to help you with your spring detox and get you ready for that wonderful time at the beach.
1. Calorie Balance
One of the easiest ways to gain weight is to take in more calories than what your body can effectively burn. It is this imbalance between calorie intake and calorie expenditure that people gain weight.
And if you gain weight, it will be more challenging to don a bikini than if you had that beach body. What you need is a spring detox that is focused more on retraining your body to eat more sensibly.
Whole foods provide one of the best ways you can reset your body’s calorie balance. Whole foods like whole fresh vegetables and fruits are a lot better than heavily processed ones.
Processed foods are generally depleted of really important nutrients that your body needs to build tissues and form your body.
Processed foods also contain a lot of sugars and harmful chemicals that can tax your liver, making it work doubly hard to detoxify these chemicals before they are eliminated from the body. Retrain your palate into enjoying fresh slices of cucumber or even fresh carrot sticks.
2. Drinking Water
Drinking plenty of water will also help you achieve that beach body you’re yearning for spring and summer. Fresh and clean drinking water can actually distend your stomach. This stimulates the stretch receptors that will send signals to the brain telling it that the stomach is actually full.
That’s why folks who wish to minimize their food intake often drink 2 glasses of water a few minutes before taking the first bite of a meal. Fluids other than water that may be helpful include tea or even water with a hint of freshly-squeezed lemon. Here’s the key: don’t drink during meals. Always drink before and after eating.
3. Fiber Intake
Not everyone loves lentils, asparagus, cauliflower, and other high-fiber foods. But these vegetables are actually good for you especially in your spring detox. These help you achieve that beach body by performing two things.
First, they increase the bulk of food that is present inside your tummy. Fiber is not absorbed so they just stay within the gastrointestinal tract until they are eventually passed out as stool. This means that you will feel fuller even though you ate only little. This reduces your calorie intake.
Second, fiber serves like a broom that sweeps your gut, taking all the toxins with it as it passes out through the anus. So, this spring, make sure to include collard greens, beans, broccoli, and grapefruit as well as other high-fiber foods in your diet if you want to achieve that beach body.
4. Stress Management
Managing your stress is also very important. When you are stressed out your body is actually producing more cortisol, a hormone that is important in the formation of fat inside the body.
The more stressed you are, the more cortisol is produced. The more cortisol produced, the more fat is produced by the body.
Sleep and exercise can help you manage your stress while also lowering the levels of cortisol in your body. Exercise can also increase the production of endorphins in the brain which, in turn, can help stimulate the increased production of serotonin.
This feel-good hormone also has an effect in making you feel full. Again, this can lead to a reduction in calorie consumption producing weight loss and the ability to don a really sexy, body-flaunting bikini for the spring and summer.
Spring and summer doesn’t have to make you feel sorry for yourself. Especially, if you have not been eating sensibly the past several months. Eating the right foods, drinking plenty of water, increasing your fiber intake, and managing your stress should get you that beach body you want.