Don Saladino is a personal trainer based out of New York who has helped a lot of stars get into great physical shape to play the part of superheroes, including Scarlett Johansson for Black Widow, Hugh Jackman for Wolverine, Sebastian Stan for the Winter Soldier, Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool and David Harbour for Hellboy.
For starters, Saladino says non-exercise activity thermogenesis can be highly effective. This refers to any type of physical activity in your daily routine that is not explicitly working out, and could be anything from doing housework, to walking to get coffee. To put it simply, upping your daily step count could be a highly effective low-impact option to burn calories, especially if you are starting from a lower number (Saladino suggests an ideal step count of 10,000 or more).
Also, he recommends avoiding all processed foods for six and a half days each week. “We’re going to be feeling like we are giving up a lot of foods that we love,” he says. “And I do not want you to do that. Moderation is key to being able to still eat the foods you enjoy. But I also believe in some consistency, so when you are beginning a new nutritional plan, we need you follow some guidelines at the start, you cannot be having cheat meals every two days, we need your body to have the ability to react and respond… Blow it out for one meal. This is not about being perfect at all times, it is about building consistency.”
Staying Hydrated is another very important factor, and Saladino recommends getting half of your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. So, if your body weight is 200 pounds, try drinking 100 ounces of water. “It will speed up your metabolism, it is going to empty out impurities, and it will also help with water retention.”
Improving your quality of your sleep is another commonly overlooked boon to fat loss, explains Saladino. “The body repairs itself during sleep. We add muscle on while we are sleeping and recovering from our workout. Our bodies will heal throughout that sleeping process, our hormones heal and become stronger, our bodies become more efficient with fat-burning and more efficient with energy.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire