Top Ten Recommendations For Successful Fat Loss

Top Ten Recommendations For Successful Fat Loss

#1: Eat High-Quality Protein For Breakfast

Eating high-quality protein for breakfast from eggs, fish, lean meat, or dairy is a big change most people need to make since high-carb breakfasts are so popular. Switching to protein-rich foods will improve energy levels throughout the day by raising the stimulating transmitter, dopamine. Protein also has the added benefit of reducing hunger and stabilizing blood sugar, setting you up to eat fewer calories naturally.

#2: Plan Meals Around Protein & Vegetables

Being nutrient-dense and lower in calories than similar sized high-carb or processed alternatives, veggies and protein should be your go-to foods for every meal. The protein will make you satisfied and the veggies are high in fiber and water for minimizing sensations of hunger. Add a healthy fat from nuts, seeds, or olive oil and you have a delicious, fat loss friendly meal.

#3: Weight Train Using Compound Lifts

Your first priority for exercise is to train with weights and do the compound, multi-joint exercises, such as squats, chest press, and pull-ups or rows. Such exercises will train the most muscle at a time and they allow you to lift more weight (remember to train with weights that have you reach failure by the 6 to 10th rep).

#4: Do Short Interval Sessions Instead of Long Cardio

Sprint interval training is a powerful tool for reducing body fat because it burns a lot of calories during and in the post-workout recovery period. It also builds muscle and improves levels of enzymes involved in fat burning and metabolic rate. Depending on your training level and situation, you can try intervals ranging from short all-out 30-second sprints to longer, more moderate intensity intervals lasting up to 2 minutes.

#5: Manage Stress With Relaxation Techniques

Besides being unpleasant, chronic stress is the enemy of fat loss because it raises the hormone cortisol. When cortisol is continuously elevated, it tells the body to sock away energy in the form of fat around your middle. High cortisol also stimulates appetite and cravings for high-carb, high-fat foods, which contributes to fat gain. The solution is a well-designed stress management plan that includes relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mediation.

#6: Aim For A Restful 7 to 9 Hours of Sleep Every Night

Lack of sleep alters hormone balance and negatively affects metabolic rate. It also makes you hungry and reduces recovery from training. After all, during sleep is the time that your body returns to homeostasis and performs all the repair processes it wasn’t able to fit in during your busy day. Damaged tissue is repaired, your brain recovers, and growth hormone is released, having a powerful fat burning effect.

#7: Prioritize Recovery With Optimal Workout Nutrition

The right workout nutrition will allow you to optimize training performance and ensure you recover ASAP. Have a high-protein, healthy fat meal pre-workout instead of refined or simple carbs. Supplement with electrolytes and water during training, and get high-quality whey protein in the post-workout period. Additional training/recovery aids such as caffeine, creatine, beta alanine, BCAAs, citrulline, and glutamine may give you an extra edge.

#8: Control Inflammation

Acute (short-term) inflammation is a natural part of the recovery process, but it can easily get out of control with bad habits (lack of sleep, a poor diet, excessive stress) and make fat loss harder by affecting metabolism. Certain foods (turmeric, berries, nuts, chocolate, coffee) contain powerful compounds that protect you from the build-up of inflammation. Including these foods in your diet is the first step, but many people benefit from supplementing with anti-inflammatories such as curcumin, which is derived from the spice turmeric.

#9: Favor Short Workouts Over Excessively Long Ones

Many people think long workouts are the key to fat loss. They report the hours logged daily with pride and hope, but the reality is that once your training session passes 60 minutes, intensity drops and cortisol rises. Instead, use more frequent, short workouts to get the most out of your time and effort.

#10: Eat A Variety of Healthy Fats

Eating a low-fat diet is discouraged because it is associated with poorer health outcomes and deprives the body of fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, and K) and the compounds needed to make hormones. Plus, many fats contain nutrients that reduce inflammation and improve blood flow in the body. Enjoy a variety of fats from nuts, seeds, fish, meat, dairy, olive oil, and avocado for delicious diet and leaner body composition.


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