Trying to lose weight can feel like an uphill struggle of epic proportions. Losing weight sucks for everybody, but for women, well, it’s safe to say that we definitely drew the short straw in the genetics department…and guess what? It gets harder when we get older. Genetically, women find it much tougher to lose fat than men, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, we also tend to store fat much easier as well. To make matters worse, there are some people out there who can eat what they like, when they like, and barely gain any weight whatsoever, yet we tend to find ourselves piling on the pounds if we so much as glance at a sugary treat. Yes, life can be cruel like that, but worry not, because there are things you can do to help burn fat, tone up, and build yourself a bikini body to be proud of, without starving yourself in the process. If you’re looking to get in shape, take a look at the following, as we look at a few simple and effective fat loss tips aimed specifically at women.
Eat a healthy breakfast
I’m guilty with this one, because I am always on the run. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing, they call breakfast the most important meal of the day because it is. When you wake up in a morning, you won’t have eaten anything for several hours and your metabolism will therefore be running on empty. People think that by skipping breakfast, they are depriving their bodies of calories and are therefore speeding up their fat loss but this is not the case at all. In reality, by skipping breakfast, you are slowing down your metabolism and are therefore making it harder for you to lose weight. When your metabolism is lacking energy your body will try to hold on to its fat reserves by slowing down the metabolism so you burn fewer calories. This means that not only will you burn fewer calories, you will also have less energy so you’ll be less active. When you eat breakfast however, you wake up your metabolism and give it the fuel needed to get going to set you up for the day ahead. Start the day with a healthy breakfast and you’ll be good to go for the next several hours. Tasty oatmeal with berries and glass of juice
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Do NOT go ultra-low fat
In the past, fat was demonized and was blamed for virtually every problem in the entire world. We now know however, that some fats are incredibly healthy. People trying to lose weight should not cut out all fats from their diets, because healthy fats are hugely important. Healthy fats are important for cognitive function, as well as for your other organs, plus they help to speed up the metabolism and provide fuel for your body. To lose weight you need to create a caloric deficit, but you should still make sure you are taking in some healthy fats. Healthy fat sources include foods like: avocado, whole organic eggs, nuts, seeds, oily fish, coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter, etc. Believe it or not, healthy fats pack a good punch. Additional benefits include, lowering bad cholesterol, help to shed some pounds, and my favorite…shiny hair and more healthy nails. In recent months, avocado has become one of my favorite foods.
Good fats and bad fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats vs. saturated or trans fatty acids
Increase protein consumption
Protein is essential for muscle growth and repair, and when trying to lose fat, you should ensure you are taking in enough protein on a daily basis. Protein is thermogenic, which means that your body burns more calories just digesting it and breaking it down, so you can literally lose weight by digesting your food. As protein is harder to break down, it also keeps you feeling full for longer, so your appetite will be suppressed. What’s more, as protein contributes towards the growth and development of lean muscle tissue, your metabolism will increase further because muscle requires more calories for maintenance than fat. You don’t need to eat like a bodybuilder, but try to consume more lean proteins, and perhaps consider investing in a protein powder for days when you are worried you aren’t taking in enough proteins. Food high in protein
Get more active
Losing weight is basically a case of calories in versus calories out, and if you want to increase your calories going out, you will need to burn more off and become more physically active. How you exercise is entirely up to you. Some of you may indeed decide to hit the gym several times per week, whilst others may prefer to go for a leisurely stroll a few evenings when you have a spare hour or so. Any form of physical activity is going to be beneficial when it comes to burning fat, so find something you enjoy, that you feel you can sustain, hopefully for the rest of your life. I cannot stress how important it is to start something that you can sustain…start of little…doing something you love. For example, in 2013 when I first started my fitness journey, I started off doing something I love to do…dancing. Yes, I started with Hip-hop abs from Beachbody….so much fun. So I recommend you start off doing an activity that you love…swimming, running, dancing, biking, whatever it is…just start.
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