Thursday, 17 March 2011

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5 Powerful Weight Loss Tips

How many times have you started a new exercise routine, get excited about your initial progress and lose your way as the results start to plateau?

Here are 5 powerful weight loss tips that work!

1) An apple a day keeps the fat away!

Many people have a great fear of fruit while on their fat loss diet, which is a very incorrect assumption. Fruits high in fiber reduce hunger level and stop you from eating more as the day progresses. As long as you stay within your total calorie intake for the day, fruit can have very positive effects on weight loss.

2) Green tea: The fat burning miracle

The catechins found in Green tea has been shown to activate the body's thermogenic fat-burning activity.

Catechins inhibit an enzyme called catechol-O-methyltranferase, or COMT, which actually degrades the body's primary fat-burning hormone, norepinephrine. With catechins being so abundant in green tea, they really help elevate norepinephrine levels, keep them elevated and prolong thermogenesis. Translation - catechins help turn you into a fat-burning machine!

Drink 2-3 cups of green tea and it will do wonders!

3) Pump those weights

You would be surprised how many people do not realize the benefits of lifting weights when trying to slim down. Increased muscle mass results in a higher metabolic rate, in simple terms, your body burns more calories, even if you are watching television! Cardio is a must but do not forget the weights!

4) Water: The source of life? Also the source for a leaner body!

As well as being essential for overall physical performance and health, staying hydrated through sufficient water consumption is a great way to encourage the fat burning process. At a fundamental level, fat burning and weight loss can only really be achieved when the body is running optimally; if any of our metabolic processes are not functioning to their fullest the body will place its resources into compensating for such a problem, leaving other processes - such as fat burning - to function less effectively. By drinking enough water, we prime our bodies for fat burning by supporting all of our body's biological functions.

5) Eat More and Eat Often (its true!)

Many people go on all sorts of crazy diets for weight loss. Some even reduce themselves to liquids and battle through the day. Don't starve yourself! Your body will hate you for it and work against you by sourcing the muscles for energy, not the fat! This is because the body is in survival mode. Eating more often maintains a normal level of blood glucose which promotes steady energy levels throughout the day.

Eating 5-6 meals (within your daily calorie limit) will boost your metabolism and your body will burn stored fat (provided that you are exercising on a regular basis). Your body needs to increase the metabolism to process calories so its better to increase metabolism on a regular basis rather than once or twice a day!

I hope these tips help you in your journey to a better body.

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