There are so may ways that we can try to lose weight. Some of them work and some of them don’t. Forget the fad diets and the diet pills that they advertise on television. If you want to lose weight by dieting alone, then Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem are probably the best choices.
Avoid those high fat, high protein diets that were popular a few-years-ago can throw you into ketosis, a condition where your body starts using muscle instead of fat and the acetone that is produced by that is poisonous.
The diet pills just contain stimulants that may make you jumpy and can be dangerous. And if you’ll notice they all come with advice to exercise. It’s the exercise that helps you lose weight, not the pill. And even with the “magic pill” if you still eat the same amount of calories, you won’t lose weight.
And, there is no such thing as “spot reducing.” The only way to get rid of that flabby belly or thighs is to lose weight all over your body. Exercising those abs will just build up muscle underneath the fat and make you look fatter.
There are a couple of theories on the best way to burn fat if you are going to exercise along with your diet. And we’ve already decided that’s the best way to do it. One theory says that slow, moderate exercise is the best way to burn fat.
If you exercise beyond the point that you get short of breath, then your muscles are burning glucose, not fat. The other theory is that you burn a lot more calories if you do aerobics.
According to CNN, here are a few of the best ways to burn off that holiday fat. Or fat that comes at any time of year:
Make your workout more intense at the beginning. (After limbering up, of course.) Research has found that doing it that way burns up to 23% more fat than doing it the other way around.
Use free weights to build some muscle. Building up muscle gets the metabolism really cranking, and using free weights instead of a machine uses more muscle fibers and builds more muscle.
Add some weight to your body. Putting on additional weight (not fat weight of course.) can increase your workout by up to ten percent.
Find ways to make your exercise interesting. Take nature walks or use headphones and listen to your favorite music.
In the dietary department:
Now that you have your exercise routine down, let’s focus on what you can do as far as food goes. Don’t go into ketosis, but do get enough protein. Eating a meal that has a goodly amount of protein helps you burn that after meal fat a lot quicker.
Cut your calories gradually and stay above 1,200 calories. Going below that puts you into starvation mode and you will just gain all that weight back when you start eating normally again.
And finally, eat smaller portions but do eat your favorite foods at least once-in-a-while. Don’t feel guilty, stress releases a nasty hormone that makes you gain weight. Work the day shift and get enough sleep at night.