Whittle Your Middle
Warm weather means flips flops, cute maxi dresses and days at the beach. But guess what ladies — that also means bikini season is rapidly approaching.
But before you keel over in a panic and break out the bag of M&M’s to help ease the anxiety, relax. Celeb trainer Harley Pasternak of the 5-Factor Diet is on the case.
He’s helped whip some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies into shape, including Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, and Mandy Moore. In fact, he whipped ours into shape during a calorie-torching bootcamp put on by Lady Foot Locker and New Balance in New York, where Harley debuted his new footwear for New Balance.
How to you take your fitness and nutrition routine to the next level before you reveal your itsy bitsy bikini? Harley shares his tips.
Assess what you’re doing now: “If you’re already living an active lifestyle and you want to take things to the next level, you’ve got to look at what you’re currently doing,” Harley said. “Are you being as efficient as you can with your time?”
If you’re stuck in a rut, have someone else assess for you: “Having someone else evaluate what you’re doing is important because sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees,” he says. “You tend to get into ruts sometimes. It often takes someone else — a trainer or a dietitian to look at your diet and say ‘gosh you’re really eating a lot of nuts’ or ‘you’re not doing enough resistance training’ to make a real difference.”
Don’t give in to fads: “You want to make sure you’re not getting caught up in any fads like juicing, which is also the downfall of a lot of diets,” Harley said. Stick to a traditional, healthy diet, and a workout plan long-term to achieve goals.
Re-identify your goals: Look to the future for what exactly you want to accomplish. “Make sure you’re as active as you can be from the moment you wake up ’til the moment you go to bed, regardless of working out,” he said. “I make all my meals in New York places where I can walk to.” Look to the future for what exactly you want to accomplish and be active in that future.
Don’t forget the cardio: “You also want to make sure you’re doing cardio in your fat burning zone 30 minutes a day,” he said. “With the 5-Factor program we do a combination of cardio circuits for 25 minutes and resistance training at least 4-5 days a week.”
xx, The FabFitFun Team
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