Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it. If you want to be summertime fine by the time the weather breaks, here's your no frills plan of attack with tips from celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince from The Biggest Loser.
Plan Your Meals In Advance
You know what they say—if you fail to plan, you're planning to fail. "Get some Tupperware, go to Sam's Club or Costco and plan your meals in bulk," recommends Quince. "Make seven days worth of meals at one time and put some in the fridge and some in the freezer. Now you have something you can quickly take with you."
Start and End with the Right Fuel
For optimal performance, Quince recommends protein before and after a workout. "A lean turkey sandwich or almonds are great before a workout," he says. After your cool down, you should load up on more protein. "Immediately put protein in your body post-workout. You want to sustain that muscle."
Try the Buddy System
If you're lacking motivation to workout on your own, grab a gal pal and sweat it out together. "The best thing to do is grab someone and say, 'Hey let's meet tomorrow at 7am, bring your sneakers, we're going for a walk.' Make it a buddy system with your friends or get your coworkers together," advises Quince.
Don't Worry About Your Hair
Ladies, let's be honest —it's time to start choosing our health over our hair. Instead of letting a fresh hairstyle keep you from working out, make your fitness goals your top priority. "Women love their hair and they will use it as an excuse," says Quince. "That's why I love Nicole Ari Parker's Save Your Do wrap."
It All Starts With Food
No matter how much you're working out, you must improve your diet if you really want to see results. "Losing weight is 90% diet," says Quince. "The internal workout is more important than the external. You need a strict diet in conjunction with your workout. That's the key."
Using a juicer is a great way to squeeze in extra nutrients in your diet which will help you stay fuller longer and cut back on high-sugar, processed, store-bought beverages. "I'm a big fan of juicing," says Quince. "Juicing takes away all of the fiber so all you're drinking is the good stuff. It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it."
Work With What You've Got
If you thought you needed a pricey gym or bootcamp membership in order to lose weight, guess again. "I've transformed bodies with no weights at all. The most inexpensive way to start a fitness routine is to by some sneakers and just go for a walk. You don't need to spend a lot of money," says Quince.