Increasing your body’s fat burning ability may be easier than you think. Read on for 17 tips on how to lose unwanted body fat, especially around the stomach area.
1. Maintain your blood sugar levels.
Maintaining balanced blood sugar levels not only helps keep you from grabbing for sugary foods, it also helps keep your energy levels stable so you still have energy for a workout at the end of the day.
2. Watch your calorie intake.
Even if you only eat “healthy” foods, you must create a calorie deficit to burn fat, and lose weight around your midsection.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast.
Eating in the morning can increase your metabolic rate, the process by which your body burns fat. Skipping the most important meal of the day to save calories, may ultimately leave you eating more over the course of the day.
4. Eat a balanced diet, including carbohydrates.
Don’t follow fad diets. Eat a balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein and raw foods. Carbohydrates are not the enemy, and slow-burning carbs can actually help you feel fuller, longer.
5. Lift weights, the heavier, the better.
Bodies that have higher muscle mass burn more calories at a resting rate than body’s with a higher fat content. Period.
6. Drink more water.
Water is an essential nutrient, can help you feel full and is important to the elimination of toxins in every cell in your body. Drink up!
7. Get disciplined.
Find a mentor to teach you good dietary and fitness habits. Never underestimate the support and guidance of someone experienced.
8. Switch to low-fat dairy.
It’s easy to cut tons of fat, and calories from your diet by opting for low-fat dairy products. Why? 70 percent of the calories in most whole-fat dairy is from saturated fat.
9. Eat more fat-burning foods.
Green tea, coconut oil and other fat-burning foods can help shrink fat cells, and reduce fat storage. See this article for the 18 best superfoods to lose weight fast.
10. Try a new workout.
Everyone from fitness novice to fitness pro hits a plateau. Keep your body guessing by trying new workouts, to keep losing fat.
11. Remove processed foods from your diet.
Anything processed or artificial isn’t a real food. By allowing these toxins into your body, you put your elimination organs into overdrive. Cut those out and eat clean, whole foods.
12. Satisfy hunger.
Ignoring cravings can leave you helpless in the face of tempting foods. Beat these hunger pangs, and your cravings by munching on crunchy veggies in between meals, or before you eat to reduce your calorie intake.
13. Ingest enzymes.
Enzymes found in fruits, like kiwi and pineapple, offer support for a healthy digestive system. Healthy digestion means proper elimination of toxins, and an overall lighter feeling.
14. Cut down some, if not all, salt intake.
Salt can cause your body to retain water. As water is retained, waste is also retained. Eliminate salt, or at least reduce your intake to slim down.
15. Stay away from fried foods.
Not only do fried foods pack on the pounds, they also cause gas. Eliminate these foods to eliminate enormous amounts of fat.
16. Try the 2 Week Diet
If you are really determined to lose weight this year—for good—and you prefer a structured plan to jumpstart your weight loss journey, check out the 2-Week Diet.
The 2-Week Diet program has very similar eating and lifestyle principles to what my still slim great-grandfather adheres to.
It is created by Brian Flatt, fitness trainer to the celebrities.
At the onset, you may think because of the name, the 2-Week Diet is a quick fix and a fad diet. But that is where everyone gets it wrong. And I wouldn’t recommend these quick fixes.
With the 2-Week Diet, there are no “gimmicks” or “tricks”. You lose weight by learning to use your body’s own natural hormones and bio-chemistry. Your body is then conditioned to naturally jumpstart your metabolism and you’ll burn more fat at rest.
The 2-Week diet does not add more stress to your life with grueling cardio sessions and endless gym time. It does not force you to cut out carbs or fat completely, or starve yourself and make you feel miserable.
With the 2-Week Diet, you follow a specific meal plan for 7 days with a list of foods that you should eat more of and foods that you should avoid. You can even continue to eat the foods you love (think ice-cream and chocolate cake), although it is not recommended that you binge on them.
Women who have been on the 2-Week Diet have reportedly lost up to 20 pounds in the first 14 days, and have continued to lose up to 37 pounds in a month.
If you’re a woman who have struggled to lose weight in the past, I urge you to give yourself a chance to transform your health and body in just 14 days with the 2 Week Diet. Click here to read about how my friend Beth, a secret eater who’s struggled with losing weight all her life lost 63 pounds by following the 2 Week Diet.