Doing squats and lunges isn’t enough to tone your legs. You should introduce healthy changes that will affect your entire body.
Improve your eating habits, daily workout and routines. The first thing you should do is melt excess pounds.
It’s time to count the calories
Work on creating a daily caloric deficit of about 1,000 calories, and try to lose two pounds per week. Don’t go for instant results, and go mild with the reduction of calories. Remember, your body won’t be able to follow your strict regimen for too long.
Moreover, going hard on yourself affects metabolism, and you will end up feeling deprived and sluggish, not to mention that the only thing you will lose is muscle tissue and water weight. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that two pounds is the ideal number of pounds you should per week.
Cut off sugar
Stay away from everything that contains too much sugar and saturated/trans fats. Stick with low-calorie foods, and eat fruits, whole grains, veggies, low-fat dairy and lean protein instead of your cookies, doughnuts, and candies. Eat smaller portions, and try a less restrictive diet regimen that won’t affect the normal function of your body.
Cardio workouts are always a better option than other weight loss programs. Do 300 minutes of moderate cardio every week. Employ leg-intense cardio – climb stairs, go cycling or just run.
Boost the intensity every other day to stimulate the fat-burning process. Go back and forth at a vigorous pace. Do this for a minute, and then proceed at a lighter pace for two minutes. Your body will burn calories for 24 hour after your workout.
Have you ever tried targeted training? If not, now is the time to try it. Do it in at least two, non-consecutive days of the week to tone muscles and build up strength. Work on your arms, hips, abs, shoulders and chests, but don’t forget your leg-strengthening exercises.
Squats, lunges, lying side lifts and heel or calf rises are some of the suggestions fitness gurus have for you. Do 8-12 repetitions of every exercise, and aim for 2-3 sets. Employ enough weight to avoid another repetition after your set.