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Get Your Summer Body Ready...7 Days, 7 Ways

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May not have to pass up that sexy get up in Victoria’s window after all. Here’s the “Secret” to being beach ready in 7 days.

30 And Over. The key to melting some major fat is cardio, so commit to doing 30 minutes or more of it each day. Anything that pumps your heart rate up counts; however some serious winners are spinning, kickboxing, and bootcamp. Sweat it out sistah. Already doing 30 minutes of cardio a day? Add intervals (short burst of high intensity activity followed by a period of low intensity or rest) and burn even more calories.

Holla Back Sodium. Water weight is real and you can drop it by simply limiting your daily amount of sodium. The maximum recommended level of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day, however the average American women consumes between 2,300 and 3,100 mg. So drop the shaker, reduce your consumption of processed foods, and enjoy the natural flavor of fresh food.

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Push Up, Squat Down. Every other day perform a circuit of squats, push ups, and lunges. 15 reps each, 3 cycles, no rest. If this is not enough then increase the reps first, then the cycles. The idea is to work until fatigued. Fatigued muscles swell, and in your case lady, can create the illusion of muscle definition. Don’t go crazy, rest is good…so stick to every other day that way your muscles have time to rebuild and restore.

Club H20. No other liquids allowed. Soda, juice, and liquor combined can add anywhere from 100-500 plus wasted calories daily. And lets not talk about the unnecessary bloating?! So slash calories and shrink your waistline by committing to water only (one exception….see below).

Pimp Your Metabolism. Trick your metabolism with these two tips. 1-Add cinnamon to anything and everything. This super spice is great atop oatmeal or coffee and can increase your metabolism twenty times its natural rate. Say what? Speaking of coffee…2-Try drinking 8 ounces 1 hour before your workout. These measly 5 calories (11 with a shot of skim milk) will energize your workout in a major way, making you burn more calories without realizing your pushing yourself harder. Drink to that.

White’s Not Right. Cut out all white carbs (do this forever) and you will slim down instantly. The simple carbs in white grain products (pasta, bread, rice, etc.) cause bloating…especially around your belly. Gross. And if that’s not enough to make you drop that bagel, this simple carb also digests very very quickly…so hello hungry-girl-one-hour-later. Waste waste waste. Let it go.

You Snooze You Lose. Super women who don’t sleep aren’t so super after all. Sleeping is your bodies opportunity to rebuild and restore, so fluff that pillow girl. How long is needed? 7 to 8 hours is best, however a simple extra half an hour a night can make a huge difference. Well rested ladies are more refreshed, and refreshed ladies make better food and physical choices. And lastly, while your catching zzz’s your body is building muscle and your metabolism is getting a major boost…so lay it down to keep your weight down.

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