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Seven Tips to Get Beach Ready Fast

Seven Tips to Get Beach Ready Fast

by Cyrus Peikari, M.D.

Warning:  I don’t like using tricks like these to lose weight fast. I’d much rather have you stay lean and “beach ready” year round. Why? Because when you look good on the outside, you are healthy on the inside.

Think logically: when you have a lean, strong, sexy body, you are less likely to get diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Often, you can “cure” those diseases by losing just 10 pounds of belly fat.

The following tips won’t reverse years of bad habits. However, they can give you a quick “tune up” and give you confidence at the beach. I want you to take that confidence and nurture it: let it inspire you to make positive, long lasting changes to your diet and health routine.

Tip 1: Cut salt

Excess sodium causes fluid retention. This fluid retention makes you look big and bloated. Try to cut salt at least 3 to 5 days before hitting the beach. Be careful, because salt sneaks into most foods these days. Examples of salty foods include: cold cuts and cured meats, chips, pizza, processed chicken, soups, cheese, sauces, and most junk food.

Tip 2: Skip one cheat day

If you are following my version of the slow carb diet (see my free slow carb diet articles or videos), you use Saturday as your “dieters gone wild” day. Unfortunately, the fast carbs (like bread, pasta, and chips) cause fluid retention for several days. I recommend skipping one weekly cheat day before your trip to the beach. You’ll be amazed at how much tighter you look in the mirror. However, don’t skip your cheat day for too many weeks in a row; it’s a mistake I’ve made many times. Regular cheat days are essential for maintaining your hormone levels, particularly thyroid, leptin and testosterone.

Tip 3: Do some light resistance exercise

Just a few minutes of resistance exercise gives you that muscle “pump” that looks so good in photos. You don’t need a gym: pushups, squats, and planks are my favorite. You can even add a few calf raises to make those calves really pop!

Tip 4: Choose your supplements

I don’t use many supplements, but a few are helpful. I take a multivitamin a few times a week to help with skin clarity. Nearly every day I’ll have a protein shake: this helps to preserve muscle when losing weight. And when I’m trying to drop weight a bit faster, I’ll take a Slim Cut Pro® tablet at breakfast and lunch to help with metabolism and hunger.

Tip 5: Tan

Tanning is a massive lever for looking good in a hurry. I feel that a mild amount of natural sunlight is good for most people. However, if you don’t want the extra radiation, consider a spray tan instead. It’s worth it.

Tip 6: Modulate your diet

Ok, this is an advanced technique. I really don’t recommend it unless you are very experienced. With this technique, you temporarily INCREASE calories to drop weight. That’s right, if you’ve been dieting hard for a long time, eating more may cause weight to drop temporarily.

For example, one of my athletic patients was stuck at 205 pounds, and he could not get his weight down to his goal of 199 pounds, despite months of hard exercise and severe calorie restriction. I told him to DOUBLE his daily calories. He was convinced that I had lost my mind! But when the patient came back the following week, his weight had dropped to 199 pounds. What happened? By increasing his calories to maintenance level, he took the stress of his body, and his cortisol levels dropped. So the weight he lost was water weight. (As I describe in my YouTube videos, high cortisol from stress causes water and belly fat retention).

Tip 7: Be confident

You don’t need any of the above tricks…you’re already hot! Have confidence in yourself. Stand straight and project your positive energy to others.

Conclusion

These are some tricks to get you looking good for the beach fast. But don’t stop here. Keep getting lean, strong and sexy: it’s the best way to prevent chronic diseases. Don’t you want to be healthy, so that you can better serve humanity?

There’s no magic bullet for achieving a lean body year round. But luckily, it’s not as hard as you think. I eat French fries and chocolate every day, and my only cardio is walking.  I’m doing it, and you can, too! Your first step is to spread the positive energy. Please take a moment to share this article with someone you love.

 

Sculpting the “Golden Ratio” physique

Sculpting the “Golden Ratio” physique

david and cyrus

by Cyrus Peikari, M.D.

Is there an “ideal” physique? I’ll discuss that in a minute, but the important thing is that you love your body as you are now. Don’t try to get into shape to be happy: instead, be happy now, exactly as you are, because you are perfect.

Once you learn to love yourself, the weight loss journey becomes easy. Letting go of guilt, anxiety, and negative feelings will decrease your cortisol levels. Immediately, you’ll see physical changes. When you relax, your cortisol levels drop; water weight comes off, you feel energy, and you move from fat-storing to fat-burning.

So is there an “ideal” physique?  Michelangelo reportedly designed his David statue using the “golden ratio” of proportions.  First studied in ancient Greece, this ratio is approximately 1 to 1.618. It is the same ratio found throughout nature, such as the veins of tree leaves.  It is the same number, as well, obtained from dividing any number in the Fibonacci sequence by its predecessor.

For over 2000 years, the golden ratio has fascinated sculptors, biologists, painters, mathematicians and architects. For example, the Pantheon in Rome incorporates many elements of the golden ratio. And Leonardo da Vinci’s book “De divina proportione” (On Divine Proportions) is based on the golden ratio.

For years I struggled with weight loss. Forget any “golden ratio”: being short, it was a battle to keep from becoming a perfect sphere. I’ve got an apple-shaped body. The problem is that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin and hair issues, fatigue, and loss of libido.

It wasn’t until I “cracked the code” to eating rhythm that I started to see results. After years of doing it wrong, it suddenly became easy. Now I have that golden ratio: In the attached picture, taken this morning, my shoulder to waist ratio is 1.6 (both linear and circumferential).

I did this by enjoying potato chips and chocolate every day.  I don’t do any cardio. And I do only 2 or 3 easy, 30 minute weight lifting sessions in the gym each week, with just 9 or 10 easy sets per workout.

Mostly, I achieved the golden ratio by lying on the couch and watching Netflix. That’s right, relaxation is the key.  And strategically eating great food such as hamburgers and fries allows your body to rest, which lowers cortisol levels.

It worked for me, and it can work for you.

Personally, I don’t use any supplements, hormones, or diet pills. However, some of you may have an undiagnosed hormone deficiency. I see patients with thyroid or another hormone deficiencies that have been missed for decades. Fixing a hidden hormone deficiency brings results faster.

It is so rewarding when I can help my patients get off their diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol medications. It’s such a relief to stop the frustrating cycle of restrictive diets and harsh exercise programs that dig a deeper hole. The easier way is fun!

Please take a minute to post your own experience. I’d love to hear what has (or hasn’t) worked for you.

Love,

Cyrus

P.S. In case you missed it, I discuss cortisol in more detail in this blog post and video: https://cpeikari.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/i-screwed-up-big-time/