I get asked several times a day how to “tone up” so I thought I should explain what that is exactly and how to get it.
My understanding from what has been described to me, is that the “tone” that’s desired.. is when there is little to no cellulite, not much jiggle and a tight looking body.
If this is what you picture when you think of the word “tone”, then my understanding is correct.. And if it’s correct.. then you need to realize that tone is going to come from lower body fat with more muscle underneath to give that tight, non-jiggly look.
In other words, tone = muscle & lowered body fat. Remember though, it is NOT physically possible to spot-reduce body fat. In other words, you cannot JUST tone/reduce body fat on just your stomach or thighs or muffin top or any other area of your body… it happens systematically all over and the pattern in which it happens is determined in large part by genetics.
So in order to “tone”.. you need to build muscle and eat clean in order to increase muscle and lower overall body fat. Do this by eating clean and lifting weights. =)
We’re shooting fitness model, Alex Zerega today! I know you girls reblog her a lot so I thought I’d share a behind-the-scenes shot I snapped on my phone =)
thanks for ze pic :) i l o v e her!
I was just asked this question again, so I thought I’d post about it again, as it seems to be a pretty common question:
When it comes to getting in shape, what should I focus on first…. losing weight or building muscle?
Build muscle! Here’s why…. the more muscle you have on your frame, the faster your metabolism will be and the more calories you will burn JUST BY BEING ALIVE… NOT DOING ANYTHING! Muscle burns approximately 3x as many calories as the same amount of fat. So with that increased metabolism, it will become a whole heck-of-a-lot easier to lose excess body fat, because you will be burning a lot more calories even when you’re not exercising! With a faster metabolism, that also means you will be able to eat more without having to worry about “getting fat”.. this will make it easier to stick to… and more likely to become a LIFESTYLE.
Many girls falsely believe doing hours of cardio and starving themselves will result in fat loss. The weight they are ACTUALLY losing is water and lean muscle. Loss of lean muscle mass will result in a “skinny fat” look and a slowed metabolism. Once that occurs, it becomes MUCH more likely that the body will store fat! Here is what I suggest… if you are looking to “tone up” and lose body fat, begin by cleaning up your diet and lifting weights. Add in cardio about 3x a week (you can increase this as you become more in-shape). Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep. Remember to be patient! It takes TIME and hard work.. but if you remain positive, you will get there! =)
Cleanse/Detox juices, smoothies, soups, meals, salads, and desserts:
- Baked Fish in an Indian Coriander Spice Broth
- Banana, Almond and Chocolate Ice Cream
- Carrot Curry
- Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice
- Carrot Miso Salad Dressing
- Coconut Chutney
- Colorful Asian Slaw with Sweet Miso Dressing
- Cucumber, Lime and Mint Cooler
- Date with Fate Chia Chai Pudding
- Date with Fate Smoothie
- Everyday Detox Salad
- Fragrant Sri Lankan Rice
- Garlicky Kale with Toasted Coconut
- Ginger Carrot Soup
- Healthy Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
- Homemade Chocolate Chip Lärabar with Coconut
- Homemade Coconut Pecan Pie Lärabar
- Jamaican Rice and Peas
- Jicama Salad with Cilantro and Lime
- Marinated Zucchini Salad
- Mejadra- Lentils and Rice
- Natalia’s Green Lemonade
- Nepali Potatoes and Asparagus
- Nepali Sesame Cabbage
- Peach Ginger Smoothie
- Raw Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
- Red Date and Walnut Sticky Rice
- Roasted Ratatouille
- Spinach and Goat Cheese Rolled Omelet
- Thai Vegetable Soup
- Tomato and Watermelon Salad
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Juice
Yesterday you may have passed on that chance. Don’t let it happen again! End the week strong and earn some fun this earn weekend.