#SummerGoals: How to be Laboracay ready

Johnel Oliquino

Are you hyped for the upcoming Laboracay 2018?

Airline and hotel promos are now everywhere on Facebook, offering everyone the lowest rates and deals. But just before you hit that “book now” button, it pays well to ask yourself if you’re summer-ready. It is not necessary for you to look totally fit to enjoy the summer event, but you need a strong stamina for all the walking and the hard-partying you’ll be doing.

Here’s a fool-proof preparation to feel good all throughout your stay on the island.

1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Why? Because HIIT is super effective in scorching body fat, period. According to an article posted online, HIIT is ideal for those who want to tone muscles or lose excess body fat. To know more about this type of training, read this.

2. Outdoor Training

Gym routine on a regular basis can be boring. I highly recommend doing outdoor training at the park or at home if your schedule is too tight. Remember that fitness is a lifestyle and should not be tied down to just going to the gym. Allocate an hour or two to walk in the park during weekends with your friends or pets – fitness should be fun!

3. Intermittent Fasting

Yes, you heard it right, intermittent fasting is effective in losing excess body fat. When you’re in a fasted state, your body uses up stored fats and utilize them as an energy source. This eating pattern also reinforces discipline and willpower in saying no to midnight snacks and sugary stuff. There are a lot of ways to practice intermittent fasting, from 16/8 (16 hours fasting, 8 hours eating period) to the 24-hour fasting period. Further research found on online medical journals will give you detailed steps to do intermittent fasting effectively.

4. Go easy on the carbs

There has been a lot of misconception on the consumption of carbohydrates as an energy source. The fact is, carbs are not the only source of energy, all the macronutrients (carbs, protein, fats) in general are sources of energy for your body to function. The danger in eating excessive carbohydrates is, if not spent as energy fuel, they’re converted into stored fats, which in turn, make you look FAT. You don’t have to go all out and get rid of carbs altogether – that is not beneficial either. Go for low glycemic-indexed carbs such as whole grains, non-starchy food, fruits, and vegetables.

5. High-Protein Diet

This practice is not uncommon for everyone. How does it work? Protein keeps you satiated for a longer period of time; meaning, you can go on with your tasks without getting hungry all the time. Eating lots of carbs spikes up the insulin level in your blood then drops almost quickly after a few hours of eating. High protein intake, on the other hand, gives you high energy levels and does not spike up sugar level as much as carbs do. If you want to go further with your fitness journey, a high-protein diet is a way to go.

Johnel Oliquino is an account executive of XS Multimedia and a fitness coach at Billy James Fitness Center.

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