5 Ways To Get Shredded For Summer, According To A Celebrity Trainer
It may seem like we’ve been working on our fitness goals all year: trying out a few fitness classes, the latest diet trends and sharing our best #sweatlife moments on Instagram. But despite all that, not all of us feel ready to bare it all this summer.
Enter Liviu Covalschi (aka. Keno), a Romanian ex-special forces veteran, action actor, fitness model and body transformation expert who has trained celebrities from Hong Kong and China. Having recently starred in action Take Point and Shock Wave 2, Keno sat down with us to share his best tips on how to shed fat fast:
1/5 Fix your lifestyle before hiring a personal trainer
In the 24 hours we have per day, if you dedicate one hour to personal training, you’re left with 23 hours left for what we call 'lifestyle', which consists of everything from sleep to diet and physical activity. If the majority of your day is spent on unhealthy eating and bad sleeping habits, all the effort you put into your training session goes to waste.
The best solution is to find a nutritionist who can give you dietary advice based on your goals. Diet makes up for 70% of your results, while 30% comes from rest, supplements and training. Taking care of your body with a healthy lifestyle before starting any result-oriented training is critical.
2/5 Time your meals
Tracking your macros—which are the calories and the amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) your body needs each day—can help you decide which foods to consume to achieve your goals.
Instead of having three main meals and mindless snacking in between, the best way to meet your macros is by dividing your calorie intake into five smaller meals per day at specific times. The macronutrients for each meal may differ, depending on your activity level. This is especially important when you incorporate exercise because even carbs can help shred fat if consumed at the right time.
For example, carbs consumed right after an intensive training can provide the energy you need to aid recovery, while the carbs you eat in the late evening are likely to be stored as fat as you’re using less energy.
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3/5 Drink more water
Water is one of the best things you can give to your body if you want to shred fat. For starters, drinking water in between small meals will stop you from feeling hungry and tempted to snack.
Also, the hydration from water will give you energy during workouts, so you can train harder and burn more calories. Water is also a great alternative to soft drinks, which only adds unnecessary calories to your already restricted calorie intake.
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4/5 Do more cardio
A calorie deficit (consuming fewer calories than your body burns) is an effective way to lose body fat, but many people follow the traditional method of low-calorie diets, which is likely to end up in a loss of muscle mass—not ideal if you want a trim and toned body.
Losing weight by cutting calories drastically may give you a lower number on the scale, but because you’re eating less than what your body needs to perform the daily tasks, you may not consume enough vitamins and minerals necessary for muscle development.
By performing intensive cardio to make up for the deficit, you’ll be able to raise your metabolic rate and burn even more calories without losing muscle.
5/5 Avoid cheat meals
When 70% of your fat loss depends on diet, it’s no surprise that you’re going to feel hungry because your eating habits becomes restricted. Being on a diet is more than just controlling what you eat—it’s a psychological challenge that will test your discipline and patience.
If you cheat on your diet, it’s not only about messing up your calories. It’s also about having to train your brain and body again to go back to the diet after mindless eating. Don’t allow yourself to think “I’ll get back to my diet tomorrow", as it will mean repeated cheat meals.
At the end of the day, there’s a reason behind your diet, so keep that in mind at all times and stick with that goal until you achieve it.
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