10 Great Ways To Burn Fat Faster
With the winter season coming to an end, it’s beginning to reach that point in the calendar where we step up our exercise routines in preparation for the summer. To help you get rid of that last stubborn layer of fat, we bring you 10 steps you can take to finally uncover that cut body hiding underneath:
If you’re not already hitting the gym and racking up the weights, then you need to start right now if losing fat is your goal. Even beginning on the small weights and working your way up to the heavier ones will help burn fat as you gain muscle.
This is because weight training increases your resting metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories you burn while sitting down. In addition, it gives your metabolism an added boost after exercising.
If you want to avoid your favorite meals from going straight to the belly then wash them down with water, not beer. Alcohol slows down your metabolism by depressing the nervous system, with research showing less dietary fat is burnt when added to a high-fat, high-calorie meal.
A sure-fire metabolism booster, high intensity interval training burns more fat than regular, consistent exercise. So instead of doing your normal 10 minute mile jog, add a 30 second sprint every five minutes. That way, you’ll be using your fast-twitch muscles fibers which take more energy to utilize, meaning more calories lost.
Joining a sports club is a great way to burn extra calories, lose fat and have a lot of fun in the process. Playing sport also involves doing non-linear movements (jumping, side-stepping) making it healthier than straight jogging. Don’t worry if you’re not the greatest athlete which has ever lived – most people are happy to have an extra player in their team.
The truth about spot reduction is that it doesn’t exist. People claim to know this but then we still see that guy in the gym doing 10 sets of 100 crunches every day. Yes it will help burn a few calories here and there, but it will never get you that killer six-pack. Don’t waste your time doing spot reduction – instead – do some high intensity training or mix up your lifting routine.
Regular fish eaters tend to have lower levels of leptin, a hormone directly linked with obesity and metabolism. Try and consume at least three servings of fatty fish such as tuna, salmon or mackerel each week.
Body composition and how you look in the mirror is a much better way of gauging your progress rather than what the scales say. You could train really hard one month, eat right and build five pounds of muscle and lose five pounds of fat – but what would the scales say?
That you still weigh exactly the same. That can be particularly frustrating for anyone, that’s why you should use the scales as a guide. Pay more attention to how you feel, how your clothes feel and how you look in the mirror.
Having great people around you while working out will help you encourage one another when you both feel like giving up. It’s all about motivation. Both of you can benefit from burning fat faster and seeing huge gains by spurring each other on to do that extra rep or mile.
Unless you’ve been committed to a healthy lifestyle for a long time, eating out can be a tricky task. Most menus don’t have much detail on calorie counts of their meals, which makes picking a nutritious dish virtually impossible.
The more you eat at home, the more likely you’ll be able to stick to a healthy lifestyle. It’s a lot easier to control portions, quality of food and ingredients when you’re cooking for yourself.
This will ensure that your body has the nutrients needed to build muscle and burn fat throughout the day. In addition, it helps manage cravings and prevents overeating, which tends to happen if there’s a lot of time elapsed between meals. To combat that effect, opt for six small, well-timed meals a day to keep yourself satisfied.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.