Everyone will try different ways to burn calories and lose weight, and yes diet and exercise are the biggest factors. However there are some small changes you can make which will make a big difference. Your weight won’t change overnight, nor should it, as rapid weight loss never works. Rapid weight loss is a short-term fix, and more often than not you will put the weight back on as soon as you go back to your ‘normal’ routine. What you need to do is make some small but effective life-long changes that will make you feel great first and foremost and will keep your weight at bay.
1. Drink Plenty water
Everyone says you must drink water every day, but there is actually real truth behind this advice. Try to drink one glass of water every hour. This will help alleviate toxins in the body and will make you feel full which will in turn ease your cravings for food. Having a glass of water before bed and when you wake-up, keeps you vital organs working properly.
2. Green Tea is Good
Drinking green tea has been proven to support weight loss. It can help the body burn calories and fats, and this is the reason why you will find it as a main ingredient in popular diet pills. Although drinking green tea does not provide fast results like some other weight loss products, it can help you burn calories and lose weight without compromising your health. Once more, if you start drinking it on a regular basis it will become part of your daily routine and therefore will have much longer term effects. Green tea also boosts your metabolism. Green tea has the ability to stimulate your body’s metabolism and speed up weight loss.
Green tea also helps to build up your stamina when exercising. Exercising is the best known way to burn calories, but also to enhance your energy levels. Green tea will stimulate your muscle cells and liver to use more fatty acids. As a result, your body will use carbohydrates at a slower rate which allows your body to exercise for longer and therefore burn more calories! Drink three cups of green tea a day for it to have effects on maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Don’t Skip breakfast
Maintaining a good metabolism is an important part of long-term weight loss. When you wake up you have gone a whole night without eating so your body is in a mild fasting state. This means that your body will be conserving energy and your metabolism is reduced and therefore fat burning is at a minimum. Be careful though what you have for breakfast as this will make a big difference in how much weight you lose. Lean protein is the best food choice for breakfast, particularly eggs. Low fat yogurt, ricotta cheese or lean ham are great choices too. Fruit and whole grain toast or cereal, or porridge are brilliant for vegetarian or vegan options. Food choices like these will slowly release energy during the morning, rather than all at once, leaving you hungry again. Sugary cereals or white flour pancakes may leave you hungry again quickly, and high fat meals like fried eggs and bacon may cause you to gain weight from too many calories. Egg whites and Turkey bacon will help you burn calories and lose weight, without the added cholesterol and fat.
4. Eat lighter in the evening
Your digestion is at its peak in the middle of the day and this is the best time to eat your main meal. Very difficult of course if you are working a full-time job and you are lucky to get 20 minutes to grab something quick to eat. But the truth of the matter is this, the evening is the worst time to have big meals. This is because your digestion is winding down and it’s hard then for your body to digest food effectively. Want to burn calories and lose weight? Eat lighter meals in the evening, or at least don’t eat after 8pm at night. Eating 4-5 small meals a day will keep you from eating large at night. If you are looking for an evening snack, try an apple or a handful of walnuts or almonds. Make sure they are raw and not roasted with salts.
5. Eat Before Your Workout
Working out on an empty stomach can be a quick trip to misery. exercise requires energy, which your body gets from food. If you are hungry while exercising your body wont be able to perform as well as you simply won’t have the energy. Your change of injury also increases as you become clumsy and dizzy if you are hungry. Also you risk losing muscle mass and therefore reducing your metabolism which will therefore increase your body fat, not reduce it! Don’t worry about the carbs or protein intake before a workout. The exercise will help you burn calories and lose weight, but keep you muscle mass form being used for energy.
Burn Calories and lose weight
This is not to say however to have a big meal just before working out! Rather, have a small snack or meal about 90 minutes before you exercise. Make sure that your meal includes protein and complex carbohydrates. Eating correctly before exercising will have positive effects and will speed up your post work-out muscle recovery and therefore burn more calories overall to promote weight loss.
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