It seems like nearly everyone on the planet wants to lose at least some weight/fat. Of course in our hurry-hurry world, we don’t want to wait (or work too hard) for results and, frankly, if we could find something that would rid us of stubborn unwanted fat overnight and cause us to see a slimmer person in the morning mirror and a lower number at the morning weigh-in, we’d be all over that. However, that is still in the future, if it exists at all.
Where You Are Going Wrong
Exercising, to the great sorrow of some, is really one of the cornerstones of losing weight and fat; so, prepare yourself to meet this head on. Now that we have accepted the challenge of working out, there are things you can do or not do to target fat burning; building muscle is still just as important as it ever was for slimming down and long term maintenance of weight loss.
If you have been working out diligently yet are seeing relatively little to no results in either the fit of your clothes or the number on the scale, you might simply need to switch tactics. The staple exercise for working on a tummy that needs some work is sit-ups; however, to get to the fat that covers those abs, crunches are not the solution, surprisingly. Crunches will build stomach muscles, but will not burn that particular fat. Or course, the myth of spot reduction says the exact opposite but fat reduction is a body-wide process. If you lose fat, you lose everywhere, including the stomach.
Fast Fat Burning
It is common knowledge that, as mentioned above, muscle burns more calories, fat calories included, so weight lifting and strength training will yield results body-wide. Try squats and dead lifting, both of which works on your core muscles as it uses your own muscles to keep your back straight. This technique locks your abs and lowers back muscles to keep you upright. Both squats and dead lifts work all your muscles to quickly jump start your fat loss. Another benefit of weight lifting is that not only does your body burn calories during the workout; studies show that weight training ramps up your metabolism for up to 39 hours after your workout.
So you actually can lose weight while watching TV! Another staple of weight loss is increasing your water intake. I know this advice has been around a long time, but that does not make it any less effective. In fact, the benefits make this tip a no-brainer. Experts agree that 75 percent of muscle is made up of water; therefore, if you are not replenishing and building water stores in the body, the body will use the water stored in the muscles to fuel the body’s water needs leaving you feeling bloated. What’s the solution? What’s the solution?
Maintaining proper hydration helps to flush toxins out of the body by way of the kidneys; however, if your intake is insufficient, the body pulls from wherever it can, including the muscles. This leads to bloating which is never a good thing, so you can literally beat the bloat by drinking at least a gallon of water per day. Once the body is properly hydrated, weight loss can begin. In the beginning look to see four to five pounds drop off per week; naturally, this is water weight, but this breaks the cycle of bloating so you do not have to go through the discomfort and self-consciousness of tight waist bands and that unwanted pooch around the middle. The properly hydrated body becomes a fat burning machine because all systems are working as they are intended to.
Weight Loss Supplements
In order to ramp up your weight loss, there are many supplements, prescription medicines, and natural vitamins and minerals that work in concert with diet and exercise to quickly burn unwanted fat stores. One of these supplements is the alpha lipoic acid which is an antioxidant, which rids the body of free radicals that can damage healthy cells and lead to certain health conditions. Think of free radicals as mutant cells that arise from natural processes in the body such as components of medications left behind from when the body processes these medications. One way to rid the body of these contaminants is to introduce antioxidants.
Alpha lipoic acids not only fight unhealthy substances in the body, rendering them harmless, but it can also help you burn fat as it creates energy within your body’s cells and reduces the number of sugars that are stored as fat from the foods you consume. The benefits of alpha lipoic acid are just one of the tools VIP Medical Weight Loss uses to help you lose weight.
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