SLFitness Top Tips to Burning Fat
We all know losing weight is flat-out tough; there’s simply no way around it. We spend hours in the gym crushing every exercise that gets up dripping in sweat. Outside of the gym we boost fat-loss with the proper foods to complement what you do in the gym. Once you lose all of the extra fat, the mission is not over.
It’s one thing to train and diet hard to get lean. It’s another to keep the weight off long-term. Here are 5 tips to help you remove your unsightly winter weight, and prevent it from returning.
1. Eat More Protein
Protein not only helps build muscle, but during times of calorie restriction it helps you hang on to the muscle you already have. Furthermore, protein is highly satiating—a protein-rich meal of meat or eggs will leave you feeling fuller longer than eating an equivalent number of calories from grains. Consume 1–1.5g of protein per pound of your bodyweight daily, as recommended by SLFitness.
2. Hit The Weights
Running for an hour may burn more calories than a one-hour strength workout, but weight training causes you to keep burning calories for days after the workout is over. Repairing and rebuilding the damaged muscle fibres requires energy—that is, the calories you’re consuming, which might otherwise be stored around your waist. On top of the metabolic effect, weight training boosts your natural fat-fighting hormones like testosterone and growth hormone.
3. Watch The Snacking
Let’s say you’ve finished your diet, revealing a new, leaner you. Now you want to sample just a few of the foods you denied yourself for months—hell, you’ve earned it, right? Unfortunately, studies show the average snack portion is nearly 500 calories—that’s the same amount as an average meal! Just one extra snack a day can mean 3,500 “bonus” calories a week, which is enough to make one unwanted pound of body fat. Snack smaller and snack wisely.
4. Go Green
Vegetables and fruit are packed with fibre, and studies show that high-fibre meals reduce calorie intake at the next meal. They also prevent wild blood-sugar fluctuations that can lead to fatigue and hunger pangs. Be sure to eat vegetables with every meal, except immediately before or after training, and consume whole fruits as an energy snack instead of sugary drinks.
5. Watch the Grains
The current Paleo craze has demonised grains, which isn’t fair or even rooted in solid science. Still, most people get and stay leaner when they limit their intake. This is partly due to grains being readily available and easy to overeat. A wise move is to save your grains for just one meal a day—either at breakfast, in the hours before or after you lift weights, or as part of your last meal of the day.
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