As women, we are prone to storing fat: it’s just a fact of life for our gender. What are some fat burning tips to help us eliminate some of that excess fat?
1. Drink, Drink, Drink …
… water, that is, and plenty of it. Not only will water help keep your appetite in check, it will keep you hydrated as well. A hydrated body is better able to flush away fat cells. Aim for at least 6 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
2. Warm Up Before Exercising
By warming up before you begin exercising, you will increase the blood flow to your muscles. Why should this matter? It will allow you to sweat more, and starts the connection that releases carbohydrates and fat. Take the 5 extra minutes to do some stretching and gentle movements before beginning your workout in earnest; it will pay off in fat loss.
3. Eat a “Primer” Meal Before Exercising
Try eating a small, balanced meal before working out. This will raise your blood sugar, helping to regulate blood glucose. It will also give you the energy to exercise at peak energy level, so that you will be able to burn more fat.
4. Exercise in the Morning
There are several reasons why morning exercise is a good idea; first, it makes it more likely that you will actually fit a workout into your busy day. More importantly, in terms of fat burning, it revs up your basal metabolism first thing in the morning and keeps it running at a higher pace throughout the day, thereby burning more fat even after you stop exercising.
5. Eat Less, But More Often
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, try eating 5-6 smaller meals instead of 3 larger ones. This can help you eat fewer calories, because you will be less likely to overeat (since you are eating more frequently). In terms of fat burning, eating more frequently is beneficial because it signals to your body to “keep the furnace running” for digestion, thereby increasing your metabolism. Keep in mind that in order to burn fat most effectively, you must keep these meals small.
6. Use Circuit Training
Circuit training refers to using a variety of interspersed exercises during a workout (think of a Curves-type workout, where you move from machine to machine). At home, you can spend 10 minutes on the treadmill followed by 5 minutes of strength-training moves, for instance. Switching from one exercise type to another helps your body burn fat more efficiently. Keep your body guessing which move is coming next – this will help melt the fat away!
7. Cut Out Salt
If you’re trying to burn fat, it’s wise to reduce your salt (sodium) intake. Salt can cause you to retain water, and water retention makes it harder to burn fat. Be careful of frozen “diet” meals, because many are full of sodium. Stick to natural foods, such as raw fruits and veggies, for maximum weight loss and fat burning.
Fat burning is a long-term process, but by following these tips, you will be on the road to reducing your body fat.