Are you struggling to get a toned physique? Here are 5 tips to help you get down to a low enough body fat percentage that you can see the definition of your muscles.

1. Don’t eat less.

Your body needs fuel to keep your metabolism going so it is important to get in calories. Get as much high quality food into your system throughout the day as you can. Five to six meals is a great way to go.

2. Lift weights

Strength training builds muscle, boosts your metabolism, burns calories, and accelerates weight loss, leaning you out in the process. Muscles do not go from soft to hard, they shrink or they grow. In order to get optimum results and a toned body, shedding body fat as well as strength training is the best way to tone.

3. Drink water

Drinking water helps your body perform at its best and make you feel energized. It is perfect for weight loss, it has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar and can help act as an appetite suppressant. Muscles require a certain balance in order to function at their optimal levels. If you drink enough water, your muscles become energized. This allows you to be more awake, alert and perform at a higher level.

4. Increase fruit and vegetable intake

A balanced diet will also ensure your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs to keep your overall health in top shape. Fruit and vegetables will provide you with all the essential vitamins and nutrients. Fruits and veggies aid in digestion without the guilt. Including these two in each meal will help you tone up faster.

5.  De-stress 

Your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone, that will cause weight gain and muscle loss when you are stressed out. Do your best to de-stress by getting plenty of sleep, slowing down, and spending more time to get some fresh air. Exercising is a good way to de-stress tool that triggers your body to release endorphins, which counter the stress hormones.

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