Five steps to get into the ‘Little Black Dress’ courtesy of Harpers Fitness
Being motivated to train when the rain is pouring and it’s cold outside when all your friends and colleagues opt for the pub rather than the gym can be hard. Harpers Fitness has some top tips to keep you motivated and of course, help you get into that LBD (little black dress).
According the David Coulthard, Harpers Health and Fitness Manager the key to achieving the perfect LBD figure is 90% nutrition and 10% blood, sweat and tears. Visiting a website such as www.harpersnutrition.co.uk should be your first port of call when deciding to shed some pounds. “Ensuring you have protein with each meal of the day is a good way of feeling full and so you won’t be tempted to snack later on. If you do snack then choose a protein bar or shake as this will keep hunger at bay until your next meal.” Say David.
Following these five steps might not be easy but the results will be exactly what you’ve been after and Harpers promises you’ll look and feel fantastic!
The key to healthy LBD figure is motivation and nutrition and you can get that by visiting the Harpers Nutrition website and by seeing a personal trainer for advice. Don’t starve yourself by skipping meals or over exercise and injure yourself.
Forget thinking thin – think FIT! Envisage yourself as a healthy and active person. You will train your mind to take into account your growing fitness and energy levels rather than concentrating on the scales.
Most people start a new exercise programme with vigour but become easily bored when they don’t see instant results and give up before they’ve really tried. If you believe you’re capable of losing weight, toning up and getting fitter then you’ll easily achieve your goal. Imagine yourself with the figure you want – and in the little black dress you want – even have a little pose in the mirror. It’ll really get your confidence booming when you start to notice your clothes are a little looser or your body more toned.
Eating six small meals daily will help keep your metabolic rate elevated and at its optimum. Each portion should contain lots of protein and brightly coloured vegetables.
Little changes always help to make the most difference:
- Always opt for wholegrain, such as wholemeal bread, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice. We digest wholegrain foods more slowly so they can help make us feel fuller for longer.
- Team steamed or poached white fish with boiled potatoes which have the highest satiety index of any food.
- Reducing your salt intake can help you lose lbs instantly through the release of retained water in the body.
- Unfortunately alcohol is high in calories so try and swap an alcoholic drink with a healthy smoothie or fruit juice. You’ll still look the part and it’ll help you towards your five portions of fruit and vegetables!
David continues, “A common problem I often come across with many potential clients is that they don’t actually eat enough! Weird I know, but when you begin training and start burning 400-800 kcal an hour plus what your body naturally burns you can create quite a large deficit which forces your body’s natural instinct of survival. This in turn slows your natural metabolism leading to a plateau in results and a decrease in motivation; this is the point where a lot of us give up!
5) Be strong
Your workouts must be a mixture of high intensity and low intensity workouts. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is awesome at torching body fat and forces you to work way above your regular intensity which means you’ll churn through far more calories. Low intensity workouts will help elevate your resting metabolic rate and promote you body to burn body fat naturally, rather than just burning it after a training session.
Most importantly, have fun. Working out at the gym with friends or joining a running club not only offers support and motivation but it’s social. No point in getting the LBD figure and not being able to show it off!
Download further programmes and a free PT session see our Personal Training pages.