by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES
Your body CAN be a fat burning machine.
Unfortunately, your body and a lot of others are not that.
Right now, that is!
Decisions you made throughout your life may have started your weight gain.
And dieting MAY not be the answer you are looking for.
Changing unhealthy behaviors, watching what you eat and recording what you eat, are some possible ways for helping you to lose weight.
But are there others?
Of course there are!
Are you confused about everything you read?
But here is Prograde to the rescue, once again!
Here are six tips you can implement RIGHT NOW which might help you lose weight and keep your metabolism rolling!
Top Six Tips For Weight Loss:
1. Increase Your Protein Intake
Protein is a very important nutrient to incorporate if you want to lose weight.
It provides your body with the building blocks it needs to increase muscle mass, and it can act as an appetite suppressant.
In fact, increasing your protein intake may make you feel fuller for longer, possibly helping control your appetite.
Also, there is a little known fact about eating protein: the body BURNS calories by eating it.
But not just protein, ALL food has this effect!
Your body burns calories BREAKING down food, possibly leading to increased calories burned.
How can you incorporate more protein?
There are plenty of high-quality food sources which provide plenty of protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally.
Sources such as lean meats, fish, poultry, and nuts are great sources of protein.
2. Increase Essential Fat Intake
Essential fats are different than your everyday fats.
These are fats that are not produced by the body, but at ESSENTIAL for your body to function at optimal levels.
Fats like DHA, EPA and CLA are important fats your body needs.
Incorporate fatty fish like salmon, shellfish, and tuna, and nuts like walnuts, flaxseed, and almonds, will help increase your DHA and EPA levels in your blood.
Certain vegetables are loaded with CLA, which once in the body is broken down into DHA and EPA.
Not a big fish fan? Try a high quality Krill oil supplement to satisfy your essential fatty acid needs.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Water hydrates you and it can be beneficial for weight loss.
Water fills you up, making you less likely to be hungry later.
It also may help burn more fat by keeping your body hydrated.
Dehydration makes your body work harder at burning fat.
Be sure to drink six to eight glasses per day to help burn fat and keep you hydrated all day long.
4. Stay Away From High Glycemic Foods
Carbohydrates ARE NOT the enemy in weight loss.
A plan which includes carbohydrates may help you burn fat.
But be careful, high glycemic foods may raise blood sugar, creating an insulin spike.
High glycemic foods may lead to weight gain.
You see, once you ingest higher glycemic foods, your body releases insulin, possibly resulting in sugar being stored as fat.
Turn to lower glycemic foods like vegetables, fiber-rich whole wheat products, and oatmeal.
These lower glycemic foods take longer to process due to the high fiber content.
Result: a much slower release of sugar into your bloodstream.
5. Get Rid Of The Scale
Losing fat is different than losing weight.
When you lose weight, you may be losing water and muscle mass, but less fat than you might think.
So, get rid of the scale.
Try to pay less attention to WEIGHT LOSS, and put your focus on your BODY FAT STORES.
Have a qualified professional test your body fat. This will give you a starting point for fat loss.
Burning 500 extra calories per day may help you lose 1 pound of fat per week.
This may use fat stores as an energy source, resulting in a leaner, fitter you.
Exercising is a great way to burn extra calories and keep you sane.
Varying your workout routine and intensity may burn more calories and give a much needed boost to your metabolism.
Incorporating strength training and cardiovascular work may help burn extra calories, and strengthen and tone your body.
Be careful though, exercising may INCREASE your appetite.
So try to eat a meal with a mix of carbohydrates and protein at least two to three hours before you workout to supply plenty of energy for your workout.
After you workout, be sure to replace lost nutrients IMMEDIATELY after, to boost healing and stimulate muscle recovery and growth.
YOU Can Lose Weight…
You and everyone else want to lose weight and keep it off.
Your Body CAN Be a Fat Burning Machine.
By implementing proper eating habits, proper hydration levels, increasing protein at every meal, and eating lower glycemic foods, you will keep your body primed for fat burning.
Try these METABOLISM BOOSTING six tips today!
Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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