For most people creating their best body can be a tricky process: at the most basic level, weight loss is just a matter of calories in vs. calories out, thereby creating a calorie deficit – but the quality of the calories and the way in which you burn them can make a huge difference to your overall health and the look you create for yourself in the process. Many people are attracted to Barre because of the long lines and lean look it can help you gain, but that’s only half the equation – if you really want to achieve your best body you need to ensure you are fueling your workouts in the right way too.
Putting The Right Calories In
As the old adage goes, you can’t out-train a bad diet! Diet is a key part of any fitness journey, but many people vastly underestimate the amount of calories they consume in a day (or overestimate the amount they burn through exercise!), and so over consume without even realizing it. A balanced, nutritious diet will complement your Barre workouts, helping to fuel them and making you feel your best. Make sure to include healthy carbs, clean protein (if through meat then organic will give you the most nutrients and least pesticides) and heart-healthy fats, to optimize your diet.
Burn Baby Burn!
If your goal is a ballet-inspired lean look, then the way you burn your calories is just as important as how you take them on – if all you do is lift weights then you are likely to bulk up, even as you lose fat from your body. A mixture of high intensity workouts (like Barre Hustle or Barre Sculpt) and toning classes (like Barre Forte or Barre-Lates) will give you the right combination of fat burning and muscle toning to help you create the body you want. Quantity is important as well as the quality of your workouts: if you want to maximize you results then make sure to take at least three barre classes a week – you’ll soon start to reap the benefits by looking and feeling great!
In simple terms our metabolism is what enables us to convert the food we eat into fuel for our bodies – the complex part is that we all metabolize food at different rates. Our metabolism is largely determined by our genetics and age, but there are things you can do to boost it – like exercise and taking the right supplements. By increasing the rate at which your metabolism burns food, you can maximize the impact of your Barre workouts – making it easier to gain and maintain it once you reach your fitness goals.
Keep It Simple
There are many different weight loss diets out there – but most are just that, a diet for short-term weight loss rather than a healthy, maintainable lifestyle. The best way to get the body you want is to stick to a healthy, whole foods diet, ensuring that you burn more calories than you consume by doing a range of exercise that works your muscles in the right way to create the look you want. Take simple steps to maximize your metabolism and speed up the process and you’ll be looking your best in no time!