Wave a magic wand over your wobbly bits and watch your waistline shrink.
Burn, baby, burn!
Safe, supervised weight training is the ultimate way to burn fat fast. Squats, bench step-ups, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups and crunches are the key moves here, while interval training – a series of high-intensity moves scheduled into your workout (think a 30-second treadmill sprint) – further stokes the metabolic furnace.
Eat to the fat-burning beat
Protein is a fat-burner’s best friend as your digestive system uses more energy (calories) to break it down, while the sugar in excess carbohydrates can turn straight into fat. Don’t, however, cut out carbs altogether. Instead, ditch white bread, white rice and pasta (and, needless to say, sugary cakes and biscuits) in favour of regulated portions of granary/wholemeal bread, oats, brown rice and pulses – find out why at www.glycemicindex.com
Redefine your comfort zone
If you eat straight before bedtime, your body won’t have a chance to convert that snack into energy. Where will it go? To your belly, that’s where! Eat a healthy, nourishing dinner, then say goodnight to the kitchen at 8pm.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that when you drink 17 ounces of water (about two glasses) within a certain time frame, your metabolic rate shoots up by about 30 percent – it’s free, it’s easy and it makes good sense for fat burners.
A brisk walk is an efficient fat-burner and can burn off up to 250 calories worth of fat. And turn the housework into a workout: put some extra va-va-voom into the vacuuming, swing those tins when you’re unpacking the shopping and give the bathtub an extra-energetic scrub. Every little helps!
It’s a tried and trusted fact that peer support – joining a gym with a friend, embarking on a healthy eating plan together, and so on – can keep morale up on the journey to a flat tummy. A little bit of healthy competition, meanwhile, never did anybody any harm!
When it comes to quick-fix tips and ‘instant’ results, the internet purports to offer a myriad of fat-burning miracles. But try not to let misinformation and myths distract you from the facts. Both Weight Loss for Good
and the NHS-approved video ‘Lose the Belly’
are both reliably good internet resources.
According to dozens of studies from reliable sources, three cups of green tea – naturally high in catechins, responsible for the metabolism-speeding brain chemical norepinephrine – a day may help boost your metabolism and aid fat burning by about for per cent (60 calories a day). Slurp up!
Poor posture can be partly responsible for that pot belly look that we all loathe. Draw back your shoulders, stand tall and breathe in – there; you’ve ‘lost’ five pounds of your tummy already!
Learn to love your lovehandles
Genetics, your monthly cycle/the menopause and food intolerances are just some of the factors that can conspire against us in our quest for a flat tummy. So don’t be too hard on yourself by setting unobtainable fat burning goals based on unrealistic targets; stress, obsession and neurosis have no place in a healthy outlook.