Healthy Living : 5 Factor Diet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oh, summer. We love your sunshine and hot weather ... but we hate your dress code.

Bikinis, bathing suits and short shorts were cute on us in our pre-cellulite years (like, fifth grade). But now that we're older, and decidedly more dimpled, we want to run away from fluorescent-lit dressing rooms as quickly as we'd run toward a shirtless Ryan Gosling.

Not this year. Lucky for us, we've got a secret weapon in the battle of the bulge.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, author of the "5-Factor Diet" and fitness guru to Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robert Pattinson, shares his five tips for dropping five pounds by summer -- so you can enjoy bathing suit shopping more than ever.

1. Be Physically Active All Day
"From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, you should be moving," says Pasternak. That means walking up the stairs instead of riding in the elevator, walking instead of driving when feasible, gardening, cleaning -- anything that doesn't involve your butt being glued to a chair. "At the end of the day, all those calories that you burned periodically really add up," he says.

2. Eat Five Times a Day
"When you graze instead of gorge, you have more control over how much you eat and are less likely to make bad choices," he says. Each meal or snack should include a low-fat protein, a whole grain, fiber, a healthy fat (like olive oil or canola oil) and a sugar-free or low-sugar beverage.

3. Drink Three Liters of Water Each Day
"When you drink enough water, you increase the rate at which you burn calories," says Pasternak. And when you're dehydrated, you can often mistake thirst for hunger, meaning you'll eat more than you would have if you'd stayed hydrated all day.

4. Do Five Workouts Each Week 
Combine resistance training with cardio and work up a sweat for at least 25 minutes in each workout. "Make sure your program changes from day to day, in order to make sure your body changes," Pasternak says.

5. Give Yourself a Free Day Each Week
"Indulge in eating a treat such as dark chocolate and sleep in late," says Pasternak. "It will motivate you to keep up a healthy lifestyle during the other six days."

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