When we talk about losing weight on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, often what we want to do is get rid of FAT.
And while you can’t easily spot reduce fat in specific areas, there are ways to turn your body into a fat burning machine. We’ve got five for you, and they aren’t too difficult either which is a bonus!
Try incorporating these ideas into your food and exercise plan and see if you feel the results of your hard work as you embark on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Five simple ways to burn fat faster
1. Bye bye sugar
There’s a reason we offer a Sugar Detox themed month on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. It’s because cutting it out can allow your body to do what it wants to do – burn fat!
Reducing or cutting out sugar in your diet naturally means you are saying no to processed sweet foods (like chocolate bars or ice cream) and you tend to then fill up on the good stuff (fibre, protein, good carbohydrates, and good fats).
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge we offer STACKS of recipes that are sugar-free/low-sugar/use natural sweeteners like dates. There’s no need to decide never to eat anything sweet again, it’s about making better choices. And of course, fruit is always a great option for a snack.
Get off the sugar rollercoaster and enjoy the stable blood sugar feeling, which means less cravings and less likelihood of overeating.
Try this: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
2. Reduce your workout time
Hang on, what? Yes you read that correctly. But we don’t mean just cutting your walk or swim in half. We’re talking about high intensity interval training (or HIIT) of course! This is where you train at a much harder level, but for a shorter time, with breaks in between.
The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app has HIIT sessions that you can try for yourself. But you’ll see great results from these as opposed to a lot of mid-range effort exercises. The best part is the workouts can be as short as ten minutes each.
3. Go beyond cardio
We also recommend you incorporate some strength training into your week (again, there are strength workouts on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app). You don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on weights and barbells though – use your own body as resistance first and see how you get on.
Think planks, push ups, tricep dips – all of these can be completed without a single piece of equipment. You can use bottles of water or tins of tomatoes as hand weights when you do bicep work.
When you have more muscle, your body uses up more energy even at rest, so it’s well worth investing time in. Both of these adjustments to your exercise will cause your body to use more energy which will put you into fat burning mode sooner.
Try this: after you’ve lifted the tins of tomatoes to build muscle, enjoy this healthy Spinach and Sweet Potato Lasagne for dinner.
4. Enjoy these fat burning foods
Certain foods can give your metabolism a kick start, setting it off into fat burning mode. So next time you make yourself a stir fry, add some freshly chopped chilli and red capsicum. Making some Mexican? Add some jalapenos to spice things up!
Go for lean proteins like roast chicken as opposed to processed meats. Snack on fruit and nuts instead of packaged foods. Everything you put in your mouth is a chance to add valuable nutrition to your day.
If you’re on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll have three meals and three snacks a day perfectly designed to help you fight fat. Try the Mexican Scrambled Eggs from the app.
5. Stay hydrated
It sounds so simple, because it is. Drink water, lots of it, all day long. Your body needs water for every process, including metabolism, digestion, and yes, fat burning.
Without adequate water our body just can’t work at its full potential. Keep your water with you and get into the habit of sipping it regularly.
You could also implement a rule such as drinking a cup of water every time you go to the kitchen sink (you’ll be surprised how quickly this will add up!).
You can also enjoy hydrating foods such as soups, or anything using broth or stock.
Try this 15 Minute Sesame Ginger Soba Noodle Soup – recipe from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
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