Written by Maria Vasquez
“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet,” advises Shawn M. Talbott, a nutritional biochemist quoted in The Huffington Post.
Spring break ended. If you missed your chance then, now is the perfect time to sculpt a beach body for summer.
The way to lose weight and see results is to take it a day at a time. First, analyze your daily schedule. What do you eat? When do you eat? What do you do after you eat? Do you have enough free time in your schedule to dedicate to exercising? Discipline is key when it comes to loosing weight and being healthy.
A majority of the unhealthy temptation comes from fast food. It’s understandable. For a college student on a budget, it’s inexpensive and convenient. However, that shouldn’t be an excuse. It may be a struggle to change your eating habits but with planning and dedication, it’s possible. After analyzing your daily schedule, create a list of all the things you eat. Eliminate any high-calorie foods and any junk foods. Add veggies and fruits to the list if they’re not already on there.
In addition to that, here are some foods you should avoid at all costs: Margarine spread, soda, non-whole wheat breads, toaster pastries, processed meats (like hot dogs), sugary cereals, processed fruit juices, and anything else similar to those things.
Think about the amount of calories you consume daily. Multiply your ideal weight by 10 to calculate how many calories you should be eating. If your daily intake is a lot more than how much you need, adjustments definitely need to be made.
“It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off,” said Talbott.
Hit your local grocery store. Grab as many coupons as you can and get clipping. Stores often have great deals and you should definitely take advantage of them. Coordinate your grocery list to the coupons available and you’re set. The best place to look for them would be at your local grocery store or you can look online at www.coupons.com/.
Most colleges usually have gyms, tracks, and similar places dedicated to working out. If not, you can always bring the exercise to your dorm. You don’t need any equipment like weights, mats, or a treadmill. All you really need is a phone, computer, or television that has access to YouTube. Search up workouts and you’ll find that a majority of them are convenient both timely and effectively. An alternative would be to search through Instagram, Google, or Pinterest to find quick exercises or even download a workout app or two.
All you really need is determination and nothing–not money or time– can really stop you. Find a friend whose goal is also a summer body and get started right away. You’ll have a summer body in no time. Goodluck!
Don’t know where to start? Check out some of the videos below for free workouts:
Cardio, Strength Training & More:
Need something more convenient? Check out these free workout apps available on both Android and iOs:
- Lose It!