Spring break is looming, and you're probably eager to sport your new bikini on the beach. But, if you're still carrying excess weight from winter, here are seven ways to get in shape just in time for your spring break vacation:

1. Eat earlier on

1. Eat earlier on

If you're trying to slim down, make sure to eat most of your calories before 3 pm every day. This is because research has shown that people who eat their biggest meals early on in the day shed more weight than those who eat the same number of calories but later on in the evening.

2. Strength train

2. Strength train

Strength training is super crucial to getting your body bikini ready. You should strength train three or four days a week, focusing on the major muscle groups to help you achieve the most significant calorie burn during and after your workouts.

3. Drink more water

3. Drink more water

A lot of people easily mistake thirst for hunger. To prevent yourself from overeating, drink at least two cups of water before meals, which will help you consume fewer calories overall during the day.

4. Sleep more_

4. Sleep more

Not getting enough sleep can seriously affect your waistline. In fact, research shows that too little sleep can increase carb cravings by up to 50 percent. The more tired you feel, the stronger your food cravings will be, also. Get at least eight hours of sleep per night to feel refreshed and in control of your appetite.

5. Get in more steps

5. Get in more steps

To really get in shape, you should do cardio for at least 30 minutes, five times a week. Step up your game by making it a goal to walk 15,000 steps per day, which is roughly seven miles. Research demonstrates that people who walk 15,000 steps per day rather than the recommended 10,000 steps have lower BMIs and slimmer waistlines than those who don't.

6. Load up on fiber

6. Load up on fiber

Getting enough fiber every day can help you lose weight fast. Not only does fiber debloat you, but it also makes you feel fuller for longer. Eat at least the recommended 30 grams of fiber a day. Good sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

7. Limit alcohol

7. Limit alcohol

Alcohol is loaded with hidden calories -- one margarita, for instance, can contain up to 500 calories. It also increases your appetite, resulting in late night drunk munchies. To slim down and get in shape quickly, cut back on your alcohol intake -- or better yet, avoid it altogether.

Spring break ready in no time

When it comes to getting in shape for spring break, you can easily slim down and tone up within a matter of weeks. All you need to do is strength train, do cardio, get enough sleep, and clean up your diet. Make these positive lifestyle changes, and you'll be spring break ready in no time.

References
  1. "30 Day Countdown to Your Best Summer Body," Shape, n.d.
  2. "10 Ways to Get in Shape Faster," Active, n.d.

fitness | weight loss | nutrition | health