Fat burning is the best way to lose weight long term. However, you cannot treat exercise and nutrition as ways to drop a few pounds. You need to adopt exercise, sleep and healthy eating as a way of life – the good thing is that it quickly becomes habit and controlling your weight is no longer a problem, your lifestyle keeps you in great shape and full of energy. Another good thing, at least from most people’s point of view, is that you don’t need to spend hours in the gym every week to keep on top of the exercise aspect – 2 or 3 short, intense workouts a week is all that is required or, indeed, recommended.
We all know that water is essential to our well-being. Our bodies are, after all, about 65% water, yet many of us do not drink enough of it. Keeping hydrated helps keep our bodies working properly as well as helping keep us off unhealthy, sugary drinks and foods as, quite often, when we feel hungry we are actually dehydrated. A useful tip is to drink water ice cold because, as well as tasting better, it also forces our bodies to burn calories to heat it to body temperature, using about one calorie per ounce! Another tip is to add some lemon to your water; this will help cleanse your liver – if your liver and other internal organs are working at peak efficiency it makes it easier for your body in its fat burning quest!
Another ally in our fight against fat is fiber; it slows digestion and makes us feel fuller which is important in burning fat and reducing cravings. Fruit, vegetables, beans, whole-grain products, nuts and seeds are all great sources of dietary fiber and they are rich in other nutrients that our bodies crave naturally. Processed foods, including white flour and pasta, are poor sources of fiber and nutrition. Be careful when buying whole-grain cereals as some contain a lot of sugar. On top of its fat burning benefits, research suggests that a healthy diet, including fiber, can help reduce the chances of various medical conditions including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Making a few small changes in lifestyle today could well contribute to you living a long, healthy, energy-filled life. I think it’s worth it, don’t you?