1. Strength training is very important, according to Austin. “I’m really into compound exercises because they allow you to double the workout in half the time,” says Austin. “If you’re doing moves that target the entire body, like a squat with an overhead press or a lunge with a bicep curl, you can tighten and tone all your muscles in only seven minutes.”
2. Drinking green tea daily is recommended by many doctors. Denise Austin lives by it. “I really believe that green tea is the key for all of us women who are gaining some weight around your middle,” says Austin, noting that research shows green tea extract may increase your calorie and fat burn. “I think that’s a big part of what’s helped me. I now drink one cup every day.”
3. Use a 7-to-7 rule. The 7-to-7 rule is simple. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is when you should be consuming meals. Austin commits to this five days a week. “Another trick that really helps me stay on track is to only eat between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.” She suggests lemon water or herbal tea if you have the eat to splurge after those hours.