The son of the Tae Bo guru, Billy Blanks, Jr. is a fitness professional who uses dance to help people lose weight and get healthy. As a Broadway and television star, his wife Sharon Catherine shares his passion for fitness. Together, they’ve combined their fat-fighting know-how to design a plan they say can get you slim in just 21 days. The Blanks focused on maximizing results; they promise that if you stick to the slimdown’s rules and meal plan, you can reshape your body for summer. Start today and get bikini-ready in no time.
Below are the 5 rules of the 21-Day Summer Slimdown Plan.
1. Only Eat Foods from the Fridge
Fresh foods from your refrigerator are the least processed and most nutritious. For 3 weeks, cut out all foods that are boxed, processed or packaged. Eat raw foods as much as possible, which are rich in energizing nutrients. Keep your fridge stocked with grapes, watermelons and apples. Trade iceberg lettuce for dark, leafy greens. Fill your meals with plenty of veggies.
2. Have Broth-Based Soup Before Every Meal
Billy and Sharon swear that soup is the secret weapon to eating less. Having 1 cup of soup before you eat will fill you up before you even begin your meal. This strategy will prevent overeating. Instead of throwing away veggies that have lost their crispness, toss them right into your soup.
3. Eat All Meats and Complex Carbs Before 2pm
You should eat the heaviest foods in the morning when you’re most active. You’ll get the energy you need to start the day, plus your body will have plenty of time to break down the food and burn extra calories. This plan features special, lighter meals after 2pm and eating less before bed to streamline weight loss.
4. Have 3 Energy Snacks a Day
Energy snacks are what will keep you going throughout the day. You’ll want to have snacks that are good for you and are easy to grab on-the-go. They prevent blood sugar spikes and keep you satisfied. Try peanuts with a Brie cheese wedge, flavored kale chips, apple slices or dark chocolate.
5. Drink a Metabolism Boosting Drink After Each Meal
Not only does this drink stop you from craving a post-meal sweet treat, it flushes out your system to help fight bloat. Have a glass after every meal. Click here for the metabolism-boosting drink recipe.