Who Wears Short Shorts: Diet? or Habits?

Who wears short shorts? Looks like it’s that time of year again… The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer and our winter jackets are being replaced by tank tops, bathing suits, shorts and sundresses. Are you ready for the strip down? Well, if you’re not, Juan and Christine from Studio Strength are here to help you prepare!

Diet? Or Habits?  

Everyone looks forward to Memorial day weekend. It’s the start of summer picnics, going to the beach, pool parties and barbecues. What you do not look forward to is the massive panic that sets in when you know you need to lose 15 to 20 pounds from winter hibernation. In another month, it will be bathing suit season!

So what do you do?  You start going to the gym? Or maybe not. But most importantly, you know you have to lose weight. So you find a good crash diet that promises you a lose 3, 5 or even 10 pounds a week. Hmmm, maybe I’ll do Atkins? Jenny Craig? Nutrisystem?  Maybe I will do a diet shake three times a day. Oh wait! How can I forget about juicing?  (And by the way, I do like juicing, I just find it very impractical with the preparation and the amount of money you spend on fruit). Have you ever noticed people who do all these diets will lose weight but they never seem to keep it off?  They just completely burn out. 

Let me stop right now and tell you that there is no miracle diet. I have been in the fitness business for 25 years and have personally seen myself and my clients yo-yo diet over and over again. You can do any diet that will help you lose weight but I will guarantee you one thing- if you lose 3, 5 or even 10 pounds a week you will put it on faster than it took you to lose it when you stop the diet. 

When you lose weight this rapidly you will slow down your metabolism because you are burning down lean muscle mass. I understand sometimes you don’t care-you just want to see the numbers on the scale come down. But please don’t forget that your metabolism is fueled by the lean muscle mass on your body. The way to preserve your lean muscle mass is by practicing healthy eating HABITS that  include:
1) Proper caloric consumption 
2) Hydrating 
3) Eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables   
4) Getting on a proper exercise routine 

Did you notice the highlighted word: HABITS? When, where, how much and what you are doing when you are eating are also habits that you need to concern yourself with to prevent yourself from yo-yo dieting. 

Please take this information and start changing your habits before your diets. You’re guaranteed to have success when you change the bad habits. 

This article was written by the owners of StudioStrength, Juan Mayoral and Christine Inguanta. Studio Strength is located at 960 Franklin Ave, Garden City. Please visit  our website www.studiostrength.com, email studiostrength@aol.com or call (516) 385- 8188 for any questions, comments or information about our articles, fitness or training studio. If you enjoy this article, please like us on Facebook and share.

Thanks Juan and Christine and thank you for reading http://www.InsideGardenCity.com!


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