Instagram fitness sensation Courtney Black has come up with four easy ways to get rid of those extra pounds.
Using scantily-clad pictures to inspire her 167,000 followers, the 20-year-old gym fanatic managed to lose a significant amount of weight in under two weeks.
Courtney revealed that she binged on a trip to New York, eating over 7500 calories a day. “When I returned home, I felt awful and bloated. The extra weight I put on made me feel lousy and slow,” she told the Daily Express.
After realising she needed to get back to her pre-holiday body, Courtney underwent a simple regime that didn’t involve any fad detoxes. “I absolutely hate hearing about juice cleanses or shake diets in order to lose weight. In my opinion, they should be banned,” she stated.
Here’s exactly what she did:
Sweat it out in the sauna
Courtney believes that most of the weight you gain in a short period of time is actually water retention. This can easily happen if you’re not drinking enough fluids, eating food high in salt and sugar and not doing much in the way of physical exercise.
Regular sauna sessions will help sweat out a lot of this excess water, leaving you with a much less bloated look (and feel).
Work out your maintenance calories
Following the same diet as everyone else won’t do you much good. You need to work out the precise amount of calories your body needs in order to start losing weight.
For women, this can be anything between 1400 and 2000 calories a day (depending on your height, weight and how often you exercise). This number is what’s known as your maintenance.
To shed those pounds, you need to eat below your maintenance figure. Important rule: never go more than 500 calories below. A simple online calculator or trained professional can help you work this out.
Reduce your workout resting periods
Going to the gym is (unfortunately) a required step. But in order to see some visible weight loss quickly, you need to increase the intensity of your workouts.
There’s an incredibly easy way of doing this. Simply shorten your rest time between exercises – or try and cut them out altogether.
Add in a cheat meal
Obviously, you’ll need to stock up on all the healthy food you can get. But don’t forget to buy a cheat meal every week.
These little treats are important for your weight loss regime as they help boost metabolism and encourage your body to burn calories much more quickly.
Unlike a lot of other diet plans, Courtney doesn’t recommend having an entire cheat day as this can knock you off course.
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