Most of us have tried dieting to lose fat. While we may think we see results in the beginning, the truth is dieting just doesn’t work. The weight loss stops very soon and we give up. You need to improve your diet and you also have to exercise.
Proper eating habits and regular exercise is the way to successfully get rid of the fat. Exercise will increase your metabolism while building muscles. The more you build muscles and the bigger they get, the more energy they will require to work. This means going into fat reserves for energy. Cutting out sugars and fat will stop providing your body with ‘easy energy, ‘ energy it doesn’t have to work for.
Better to keep a balanced diet that gives your body the building blocks for losing weight and staying fit. The first thing you want is protein. Your body needs protein to build muscle. Have a full serving of protein with every meal. Beef, poultry, fish and eggs are all good sources. Vegetarians can also find protein in nuts and seeds, legumes (beans and peas) and in some whole grains. Soy products are also high in protein. Soy hamburgers and hot dogs are good examples of substitutes for some of your favorite foods.
Don’t forget about fruits and veggies. They fill up the stomach without all the calories. They provide nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, which keep your body at top shape and primed for burning fat.
They are less starchy carbs. But some starch is OK. One serving of pasta or potatoes is fine as long as they are actual serving sized and not just piled on your plate. Try not to eat starches on days you do not work out.
Another important thing to remember is to drink water! Symptoms of thirst are often confused with hunger. You may think you are hungry and eat when you really don’t need any more food. Keep yourself well-hydrated. Drink 6-8 ounces or more with each meal. Always drink throughout a work out and have a few more glasses at various times during the day.
Now for the exercising: You want a balance between cardio activities and strength training. Cardio builds a strong heart and strong lungs. It keep metabolism up for burning more calories. Cardio alone will only end in burning muscle. You need to keep strengthening the muscles to ensure they will be using stored energy. At least 3 days per week of cardio and 3-5 days of working on different muscle groups should do the trick.
Exercising regularly and eating right will help you lose fat. But don’t think you need to give up treat altogether. Pick a day to reward your good work. Once a week enjoy come ice cream or cake. It will give you something to look forward to the rest of the week and enforce the good job you’re doing.