Attention guys who are getting married in a few months, who are exercising a decent amount and fairly eating clean, and who are looking to jump start their fat loss. I want to show you some “quick wins” — aka “hacks” — to speed up your results and help you lose those last 10lbs without driving you insane.
Wait! Why should I get in shape for my wedding? My girl loves me the way I am.
Men, please. I’m not saying that your girl will run away if you have a beer belly, but this is about feeling your absolute best on the wedding day, looking like a boss in your wedding photos (all 8 million of them), and feeling even better in the honeymoon suite. Because, frankly, no one wants to be embarrassed on the biggest day of their life.
And just because you found the girl doesn’t mean “the hard work is over.” Once you get wed and start your family, the hard work begins — especially if you’re working 50 hours a week and traveling for work once a month.
Does that sound like you? If so, let’s start here. At GroomBuilder, we specialize in getting guys to massively transform their body in the handful of months before their ceremony. So read on, follow these quick and painless diet hacks, and turn your body into a fat-burning machine and get faster results.
Eat More Protein
Steak isn’t just a menu item for the wedding; changing what you eat can actually spike your metabolism to help you burn more fat. For example, eating more protein burns more calories — regardless of how much you exercise — because it takes more energy to digest protein than carbs or fat.
Eating more protein also boosts your muscle growth and keeps you feeling full.
Eat more protein and focus on getting it from good sources like lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts, and quality protein powders.
Drink Green Tea
Here’s a quick switch you can make before your wedding day: substitute your morning cup of coffee with green tea.
A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking green tea helps you burn more calories throughout the day while increasing fat burn. In 2008, British researchers also found that green tea improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, which helps your body send nutrients to muscle, not fat.
The light amount of caffeine in green tea also promotes extra fat loss. Not bad for some tea, right?
Drink a cup of green tea everyday.
Take Fish Oil
Not only does fish improve things like heart health, cancer therapy, and even arthritis, but it also helps you lose more fat with the same amount of exercise.
French researchers found that 6 grams a day of fish oil for just three weeks led to an extra two pounds of pure fat loss. Not bad if you only have two months before your wedding day! In 2007, Australian researchers also discovered that combining aerobic exercise with fish oil capsules led to more fat loss and cholesterol improvement than aerobic exercise alone.
Take a quality fish oil everyday. Based on various research, aim for 4 – 6 grams per day for full benefits.
Eat Your Biggest Meal After A Workout
What you eat is important, but so is when you eat it too. After a heavy workout, your body craves carbs refuel your energy levels; it’s also when your metabolism is at its highest.
If your largest meal is dinner, but you workout in the morning, eat more for lunch and less for dinner to minimize any unwanted fat gains.
Drink Water After You Wakeup
Even if you’re the slightest dehydrated, your metabolism slows down tremendously, which makes it hard to lose fat. Worse, first thing in the morning, you’re probably dehydrated because you haven’t drunk water in over eight hours.
Instead, drink a tall glass of water after you wakeup to rehydrate yourself and keep your metabolism running its best. A study from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism even found that drinking two cups of water increased metabolism by 30% after 30 – 40 minutes.
Something as simple as a glass of water in the morning can help you lose weight before the big day. Need I say more?
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Anthony J. Yeung, CSCS, is a fitness expert featured in Golf Digest, AskMen, Men’s Fitness, and Muscle&Fitness and the founder of GroomBuilder, the 8-week fitness program to transform the way you look for your wedding.