10 Easy Fat Burning Tips
We're all looking for more and better ways of burning fat. Even if your weight is relatively stable, it's a good idea to learn techniques for burning fat so that you can counteract the natural loss of muscle tone and slowing of the metabolism that comes with aging.
Take a look at these tips for burning fat.
1. Eat Regular Meals and Weight Loss Snacks
There are two things that get our metabolic rate moving in higher gear. One is exercise, the other is eating. We burn calories when we digest food, so eating regularly keeps our metabolism moving.
Studies have shown that people who graze throughout the day burn more calories than those who eat three big meals – even if the two people take in the same total number of calories.
So, eat breakfast to get your body burning fat first thing in the morning. And, then, eat something about every three hours. Just don't allow all this eating to put you out of your calorie range. The key is in planning those meals and snacks so that they make you more effective at burning fat.
2. Eat Plenty of Protein
Protein requires more calories to digest than carbohydrates or fat. It also helps you stay feeling full, and helps your body resist storing fat. Replace a few of your current carbohydrate calories with protein calories, and you should see your weight drop naturally.
3. Avoid "Bad" Carbs
We all need carbohydrates. But, we don't need the carbohydrates we get from sugar and white flour. So, get your carbs from fruits and vegetables, and avoid the pasta, white bread and sweets. When you choose to eat bread, be sure that the first ingredient is "whole wheat", " cracked wheat" or " whole oat".
4. Control The Stress in Your Life
Stress can shorten our life expectancy, and it can make us fat. Stress causes our brains to secrete cortisol, which is part of our fight or flight response. Cortisol is no problem when it is secreted only occasionally.
But, when you're constantly under stress, your body is constantly dealing with cortisol. It makes us store belly fat and it makes us hungrier. So, exercise, meditate, or do some yoga regularly. Find whatever works for you to control the stress in your life, and do it consistently. You'll not only feel better, you'll be more productive and you'll be more efficient at burning fat.
5. Make Your Aerobic Exercise Intense
Forgo that half hour walk for a 20-minute run or a high intensity interval workout. Studies have shown that higher intensity exercise is better for burning fat than lower intensity exercise – even if the lower intensity exercise is performed for a longer period of time. So, save yourself some time and be better at burning fat by taking your workouts up a notch.
6. Weight Train and Build Muscle
Use the time you save by switching your aerobic exercise to high intensity to incorporate some weight training into your routine about 3 times a week.
The more muscle mass you have, the better your body will be at burning fat all day long. Plus, your body will look better when it has better muscle tone. You may actually need to lose fewer pounds than you think. When you weight train, you'll get that lean look without having to drop as much weight.
7. Sneak In Those Natural Fat Burners
Hot peppers, green tea, foods high in vitamin C and cinnamon have all been shown to speed up the metabolism. If you make them a part of your daily diet, they can automatically help in burning fat.
8. Get Enough Iron
Iron in your diet is essential for burning fat. When we don't get enough iron, our bodies can't get enough oxygen to our cells. This slows down our metabolism.
So, if you're not getting enough iron from foods like spinach and lean red meat, you might want to consider adding an iron supplement to your daily routine. Many multi-vitamins contain all you'll need.
9. Watch Your Overall Health
If you've noticed a recent weight gain, but you haven't really changed your routine; a visit to the doctor might be what's in order. Thyroid problems affect about 25% of all American women; the disorder is less common in men, but still possible. When your thyroid is out of whack, it can slow your metabolism. A simple blood test can check for thyroid problems.
10. Drink Plenty of Water - Watch the Wine
Dehydration can make it harder for our bodies to burn fat. So, it's important that we stay hydrated. In addition, studies have shown that people who drink plenty of cold water throughout the day are more effective at burning fat. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces in ice water every day.
That wine that you like with dinner, on the other hand, slows your metabolism and makes it harder for you to burn off the dinner you're eating. While you're trying to lose weight, make wine a weekend only pleasure. Or, if you must drink it; try having it a little earlier in the day and not mixing it with a heavy evening meal.
Follow These Easy Fat Burning Tips and You Will Succeed
These tips are all pretty simple to follow. But, if you can follow all, or most of them, consistently, you will increase your body's effectiveness at burning fat. With these tips, you may find that you're burning fat more easily without having to really go on a "diet".
By employing these tips, you're burning fat throughout the day, but still eating enough that you don't feel deprived or hungry. Increasing your body's effectiveness at burning fat this way is much better than losing weight by going on a strict diet because these tips are ones you can stick to for the long term.
That means that you won't have to worry about regaining the weight you lose. So, teach your body how to be good at burning fat. You'll look better and feel better right away.