Sometimes, understanding fat-burning is really complicated!
But here we’ve shortlisted some of the top tips anyone can incorporate and lose weight and keep it off. Combine these kitchen tips with regular exercise and you are well on your way to healthy trim success!
Original posted on Muscle & Fitness.com
1. Change your lifestyle.
When you go on a “program” to lose body fat, you may set yourself up for failure. A program implies an endpoint, which is when most people return to their previous habits. If you want to lose fat and keep it off, make changes that you can live with indefinitely. Don’t over-restrict calories, and find an exercise program that adequately challenges you, provides progression and offers sufficient variety so that you can maintain it for years to come.
2. Drink more water.
Water is the medium in which most cellular activities take place, including the transport and burning of fat. In addition, drinking plenty of plain water makes you feel full and eat less. Following the recommended 8 glasses is a good start! It will keep you hydrated and reduce the sluggish feeling too.
3. Reduce starchy carbs.
Consuming too many starchy foods, such as potatoes, rice, pasta and breads (especially at one sitting), provides your body with more than it needs for energy and glycogen stores; anything left over will be stored as fat. “You don’t have to eliminate starchy carbs completely,” says IFBB pro Mike Matarazzo. “But you should really cut back on them when trying to shed body fat.” Limit total starch servings per day to 3-5, where a serving size is one cup of pasta, rice or sliced potatoes.
4. Eat a full, balanced breakfast.
“Your body has been starving all night long, and it needs nutrients to rebuild itself,” says Matarazzo. “If you just catch something quick on the run instead of eating a full meal, it negatively impacts your workout, and everything else you do during the day.” Eat sufficient protein (30-40 grams), a complex carbohydrate, like oatmeal, and a piece of fruit to start your day off right.
5. Limit sugar consumption.
Taking in simple carbs (sugars) right after weight training replenishes muscle and liver glycogen stores, but excess sugar consumed at other times will be stored as fat. Satisfy your sweet tooth occasionally, but try limiting your intake of sugar to fresh fruit. Replace sugary beverages like soft drinks and juice with water.
6. Increase vegetable consumption.
Vegetables are nutrient-dense, meaning they pack maximum nutrition value with minimal calories, leaving you more full on fewer calories. Consume five servings a day of veggies, whether as a snack, on a sandwich or on the side of a chicken breast. Order your next burger with fresh vegetables instead of french fries.
7. Consume 25-35 grams of fiber a day.
“Fiber lowers insulin levels—along with total calories—affecting how lean you’ll get,” says Aceto. Fiber absorbs water and takes up more space in your stomach, fighting off hunger pangs, too. Fiber rich foods include bran cereal, oatmeal and beans. Check nutrition labels for fiber content.
8. Eliminate junk food.
“Junk food is food that offers almost nothing but calories—like french fries, potato chips and sweets,” says Matarazzo. “Cheat foods, on the other hand, like pizza, have some nutritional benefit, and eating them once in a while can really help when you’re on a diet.” Know the difference.
9. Eat the proper amount of protein.
Many bodybuilders jack their protein through the roof when they diet. But protein has calories, too, which can be stored as fat if over-consumed.
10. Eat more healthy fats.
“Healthy fats are totally underutilized by individuals trying to shed body fat,” says Matarazzo. “You have to reduce calories to get rid of body fat, but you don’t want to cut out healthy fats completely.” Fats take longer to break down in your stomach and help control blood-sugar levels, leaving you more satisfied and reducing your cravings. Include avocados, fatty fish, olives, nuts and seeds, and oils such as olive, flaxseed and canola in your diet.
11. Eat cheat foods for flavor.
“If you love a particular food, you shouldn’t prohibit yourself from eating it,” says Vaniman. “Avoid the bad foods that you don’t love or crave. And when you eat cheat foods, eat them for flavor. Don’t eat the whole pizza—have a few slices, savor the flavor and enjoy it. Share the rest.”