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5 Tips to Get Swimsuit-Ready FAST!

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Dr. Phoenyx AustinBikini season is here! Excited? I sure am!

As much as I do love wintertime (and all the celebration it brings), I still have to admit that I sure did let out a “Hallelujah!” when the last bit of chilly weather finally left the east coast. That said, I know there are some of you feeling a bit apprehensive about swimsuit season because you’ve put on a few pounds during winter hibernation. But don’t freak out and let your insecurity get the best of you! I’ve got some good news: You still have enough time to get things right and tight before the end of summer. And trust me, you’d be amazed how quickly you can transform your body when you have a great coach (ME!) and the right game plan.

Hate feeling self-conscious when you’re poolside? Ready to strip down to your swimwear and feel totally confident? If you answered YES, then I’m here to help you reach your goal! Get committed, follow my advice below (To. The. Letter!), and I promise you’ll be well on your way to looking, and most importantly, feeling HOT in your fly swimwear. Now let’s get down to business and review my 5 tips to get yourself swimsuit ready:

1.     Strength train

If you want to get swimsuit ready in the fastest time possible, this is a must. You’ll want to perform full-body strength training at least three times a week, and as far as specific exercises, skip isolation exercises (like dumbbell curls), and instead perform compound exercises that use many muscle groups at once− such as squats, pushups,  pull-ups, rows, and lunges. Overall, compound exercises will be more efficient at maximizing calorie burn during your workout, will help boost metabolism up to 48 hours after your workout, and will help you develop lean, toned muscles that look sexy in your swimwear.

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2.     Streamline your cardio sessions

People oftentimes complain that they don’t have enough time to exercise. At the same time, however, when they finally do make it to gym, instead of getting in a good sweat, these same people will jump on a cardio machine like the treadmill or elliptical, put it on the lowest intensity and cruise along while reading a magazine and talking on their cell phones. Guys, this is not the way you want to go about things during Swimsuit Season Crunch Time. So first and foremost, you want to start limiting your cardio sessions to 60 minutes or less. Next, you want to maximize those 60 minutes by choosing workouts that provide the most calorie burn for your buck. And hands down, one of the best workouts for this is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) because it’ll really blast your heart rate and burn more calories in less time than your traditional steady-state cardio session.

Fit Tip:Fasted cardio is a very efficient way to tap into fat stores and rev your metabolism. To learn more about fasted cardio, check out my video.

3.     Drink ample water

Skimping on water can reduce the effectiveness of your workouts because even mild dehydration can negatively affect exercise performance and fat-burning potential. And here’s another reason to drink ample water: Dehydration can lead to bloating due to the body’s natural compensatory mechanism of holding onto water when you don’t drink enough of it. So in essence, the best way to rid yourself of excess water weight is to drink more water. As far as how much, The Institute of Medicine recommends a fluid intake of 91 ounces for women, and 125 ounces (or approximately 1 gallon) for men.

4.     Cut back on processed carbohydrates

Processed carbs like breads, pastas, bagels, cookies, and crackers are typically loaded with sugar, as well as sodium and other preservatives that can contribute to blood sugar spikes, weight gain and bloating. So cut back on processed carbs, and up your intake of fresh veggies, lean protein, and consider healthy meal replacements like protein shakes and protein bars. Also, for those of you curious about fruit, yes fruit is obviously healthier than processed carbs, but you still want to be mindful of your fruit intake because fruit does contain natural sugar that can make you gain weight.

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5.     Put alcohol on ice

Point black, alcohol is filled with empty calories that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Alcohol releases estrogen into your bloodstream, promotes fat storage, and decreases muscle growth. Moreover, alcohol is processed differently than most other beverages, and as soon as you have a drink, your body eats up all the glycogen (stored glucose) in your liver, makes you hungry, and reduces your inhibitions, so you’ll be more likely to dive into that huge stack of nachos or basket of fried chicken wings at Happy Hour. Bottom line: If you’re serious about getting swimsuit ready, it’s best to put alcohol aside until you’re in maintenance mode. And if you absolutely can’t fathom giving up alcohol for the next couple months, try cutting back to two or three drinks a week max. Also, when you do have a drink, just say no to sugary mixed concoctions and instead choose wine or stick with clear alcohol like vodka or tequila.

Any GET FIT Swimsuit tips you’d like to share?  Tweet me and share in the Comments! – Doc

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Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, fitness expert, creator of advanced nutritional supplements BeautyElite & BodyElite and the #1 bestselling author of If You Love It, It Will Grow, And That’s Why You’re Fat: Health & Fitness Mistakes to Stop Making. Dr. Phoenyx’s passion is fitness and her goal is to help others achieve their best bodies. For tons more fitness tips and inspiration, check out her website.

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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally

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It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

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Angela Rye Set To Join BET For New Program

The cultural and political thought leader’s new series ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ begins January 31st

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It’s about time! We are excited to learn that Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, will be joining forces with BET to deliver a new program, launching this month.

Rye is set to host and executive produce the quarterly news show, which is poised to dig deep into issues and stories affecting black America.

“Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work,” Rye said in a statement to Blavity. “It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses. The upcoming special will provide a glimpse of what’s to come with our partnership.”

The first episode of the series is tentatively titled “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” which will be a primetime rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address airing Wednesday, January 31 at 10PM PT.

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Gee Bryant A Force To Reckon With in the Fitness Industry

Atlanta’s Transformation Specialist Talks About His Road from Uncertainty to Becoming a Successful Businessman and Celebrity Trainer

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Fitness expert, success coach and entrepreneur Gee Bryant has always been a hustler with a “MUST get it” attitude, and he’s walking in his purpose. He’s the brains behind the #1 online fitness program Results in 28 Days and owner of The Loft Atlanta, Phlexx Fitness and is CMO of Fitness Plane.

Gee says that he never had a “real” job and did whatever he could to make money. He tried multiple business ventures that eventually led him to become a personal trainer, as a way to work for himself while also staying active. Even though fitness was never cool where he’s from, Gee says he’s always been in his own lane. He has always recognized that he is unique and learned that by being a personal trainer he had a major impact on people. This hobby eventually transformed into a passion.

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Growing up in Philly, Gee says there was a lot of pain – he used to reflect on it and let it consume him, but now he uses his pain to push him further.

“You can’t be a victim your whole life.”

In 2015, after starting to create buzz around his name as a personal trainer, Gee decided to move to Atlanta with just his car and clothes. He created boot camps, trainings, began marketing himself on social media and just doing anything to make money, to pay rent, and to NOT go back.

“If you ain’t willing to go crazy, then leave the entrepreneurship game.”

Gee created a business plan with the mindset, “I’m going ALL IN.” He started with, “How much money do I want to make? And, How many people do I need to help?” He also began reading books and focusing on personal development.

“As you expand, your mind has to expand as well.”

Gee had a plan and a goal, and decided to do anything he could to make it all come true. His efforts started to work so well that Gee had an overload of clients, which then gave him reason to open up his first gym.

During this time he was constantly growing his brand on social media and in the fitness profession, but knew he wouldn’t be able to fully execute his vision without the right help. So, he reached out to trainers to hire and assist in his gym.

“I’m a control freak, but I had to learn how to let go. It’s better to have someone who can do something 70%, than you trying to do it 100%. If you try to do everything you’ll burn yourself out.”

Gee began pushing online programs that he created on his own, recorded on YouTube and from that he started increasing his clientele. From there, he built his website.

“For this to go global, it has to be beyond me.”

It was then that Gee created the RI28 program. Gee says he makes his program different.

“I get their mind right. Your body won’t go where your mind won’t let it.”

Gee says his program is so effective because it’s easy to follow, he has the RI28 Facebook support group, it’s only a 28 day program, the meal plan and workouts are included, he has a team of like minded people behind him, and it’s SIMPLE.

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The Loft Athletic Club opened in Atlanta, GA this year. Not only did Gee need a bigger space, but he says, “It was time.” Loft Atlanta is FOR Atlanta.

“I did it MY way, he says.” He never cheated the process, and changed and helped thousands of people do the same thing.

What he wants people to know is that they can do whatever they want, not become a product of their environment, and he wants his legacy to be a legacy of SERVICE.

Gee encourages other entrepreneurs to be obsessed and consistent about their brand and reminds us that small daily improvements = long term results.

2018 is here and there is so much more for Gee Bryant to accomplish. Make sure to follow him @geebryant and via his website to not only stay in the loop with what he’s up to next, but to get all the information on how to join any of his programs or find his facilities.

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