Friday, April 29, 2011

How to Burn Fat Effectively, by Lynnis Woods-Mullins

One of the main concerns in health and wellness today is the amount of fat we consume. There is so much debate out there about good fat, bad fat, not enough fat, too much can get really confusing to make decision on what you should eat when it comes to fat content.

Well one thing is for sure - we will consume some kind of fat. It can't be helped we will always have some kind of fat good or bad in our diets. Given that how do we control the results of consuming fat - weight increase.

I have 10 tips that will help with this dilemma. These tips will actually help you burn fat, and that means eventually either losing weight or maintaining your weight.

*Start exercising early in the morning. Really jump start your metabolism by working out in the morning. As you get use to doing your work out in the AM, speed it up a bit. Instead of listening to Mozart, listen to Michael Jackson. Get your heart pumping and really get into your exercise. Studies show that people who use aerobic type activity as part of their work up burn fat even when they are NOT working out!

*If you are cleared by your doctor, pick up the running bug! Running is one of the best ways to burn fat. If you are able to run at least 4 hours a week, you will burn fat even when you are not running according to a new study from Yale University.

*For you walkers here is a great way to burn fat - wearing a weighted vest which is the equivalent of 10% of your body weight is a great way to burn fat and calories by about 8%!

*Increase your protein. Eating a protein-packed breakfast and lunch helps you burn more post-meal fat than if you eat lower-protein meals, according to Australian research.

*Try Aromatherapy - according to the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, studies have shown that if you smell strawberries or even buttered popcorn you are going to burn more calories than if you were to sniff neutral odors.

*Alternating a highly aerobic workout, with a slower work out that will involve stretching and weights will burn more calories than sticking with just one kind of exercise. Mix your exercise regime up with cardio, weights and stretching.

*According to Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., author of "Fire Up Your Metabolism', jump start up your metabolism by drinking at least five 5 ounce cups of green tea a day - two cups of coffee can have the same effect.

*Here is something important for your calorie counters and dieters. Stay above 1200 calories, anything less than that can really slow your metabolism. If you are on a diet be careful to cut you calorie intake gradually. When you cut your calories too quickly it will slow down your metabolism.

*Some of the best snack to cut fat and boost your metabolism are almonds,cherries, yogurt, grapefruit, whole grains, and spicy foods.

*Make sure you get plenty of vitamin D and C. Both vitamins help to burn fat. Go for 400-500 mg of C and 800mg of D. Supplements are good but if you can get them from eating foods rich with vitamin C and D that is even better.

Try these tips and you will see they will make a difference. There are many more tips and I will be sharing them with you as we go along this journey to wellness.

Lynnis of PraiseWorks:

Blessings Always, Lynnis Woods-Mullins CEO, Founder - Praiseworks Health and Wellness Coach

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