How To Lose Tummy Fat At 40+

November 15, 2013 by  
Filed under A Healthy Body

Do you struggle with your weight and body shape? Do you have a slow metabolism, and are you yearning for a leaner, well-toned body, without endless dieting and struggle? If all has failed so far, let me share a smarter approach with you. Experience real success, and see how you, too, can be looking good with less effort.

Is fat loss the same as weight loss? No, it is certainly not. You may be losing weight with a diet program but the likelihood is that it is doing little or nothing about permanent fat loss.

Diets do NOT work and there is a sound physiological reason why this is so. Still, there are more than 50,000 books about different diets available at Amazon and a respected medical reference site lists more than 85 diets. You’d be well advised to look elsewhere for a solution.

Let us talk about permanent fat loss which is really what you want to achieve. The reasons why we accumulate body fat and why obesity has become a worldwide epidemic are very plain. The reasons are poor nutrition, frequently in combination with a sedentary lifestyle with an inadequate level of physical exercise. Nutrition is the real culprit. It is no exaggeration to state that the multi-billion dollar food, farm, agri and fish industries have progressively poisoned an entire generation. And it’s been done with the full knowledge and co-operation of the regulatory bodies that as supposed to protect our health.

Lets’ start with nutrition

  • I bet you have a fair bit of knowledge about the variety of physical assets that you own; items like your computer, car, washing machine and fridge. You basically know how to avoid neglecting these assets, don’t you? How about you own body which is, after all, the most complex asset you possess?
  • I also bet that you seek consumer data and recommendations before you purchase major assets like a car, fridge, TV, washing machine and similar high cost items. This is common sense and gives you the knowledge to make wise decisions.
  • Now, consider this question. What precise knowledge do you apply when you select the food items you buy at the supermarket and the foods you order from a restaurant menu or as a take-away?

Stop and think! Do you just buy/order what tastes nice, or buy items that your family or children like? Do you order on the basis of what is quick and easy to prepare?

The naked truth is that we do NOT use basic common sense and knowledge to safeguard and feed our bodies the nutrients it needs. We do the very opposite. We buy convenience products that are full of harmful chemicals, sugars and fat instead of the nutrients that our bodies really need. Why is this so? We don’t set out to poison our physical products, so why do we neglect the most precious asset we have? This is why obesity is now a worldwide epidemic, complete with the 30+ serious health risks that it invites.

The problem lies firmly entrenched in our modern lifestyle. One significant manifestation of this lifestyle is the countless supermarket shelves stocked with plastic wrapped processed foods that are anything but healthy. The other convenience we have accepted is the fast-food industry that serves us junk food that we often wash down with soft drinks that are full of sugar. We are also the victims of misleading advertising campaigns that have been going on for decades.

If you really want to reduce fat fast, then stop this rot and start learning the simple, essential steps to permanent fat loss. It involves nutritional changes, the acceptance that exercise and/or physical activity is required and finally some commitment on your part. You need a PLAN and you need to measure your progress. "If you don’t measure what you are doing, then you don’t know what you’re doing!"

Regardless of what various health and fitness magazines tell you in their advertisements, there are NO quick and easy solutions like pills and food supplements. You just have to take the hard decision to start eating healthy foods and do some exercises to build up your lean body mass in order to boost your metabolism so that you body can burn fat faster.

Fat Burning Foods

November 15, 2013 by  
Filed under A Healthy Diet

Is there really something like fat burning foods, a term commonly used in the fitness industry. If you search for this term on the Internet, you will certainly get an affirmative response and a wide variety of information that detail fat burning foods. However, I think the concept of foods that burn fat needs some explanation.

What makes more sense is the fact that certain foods boost your metabolism, a set of chemical processes in which organic compounds are broken down to provide heat and energy (catabolism). The overall speed at which the metabolic processes occur is termed its metabolic rate and herein lies the fact that certain foods boost your metabolism. The higher your lean body mass (muscle vs. fat ratio), the higher your metabolic rate and the more calories you burn.

You need to eat healthy foods to lose weight and also build up your lean body mass so that your body burns fat. Muscle is your metabolic furnace and the more muscle you have, the more calories your burn, even while you sleep.

In previous posts, I have emphasized the need to combine good workouts with a diet that focuses on fat burning foods that boost your metabolism. Here are six simple steps you can take. Make one change per week to make it easier on yourself but make it permanent.

Eliminate Dessert Food for Breakfast
Do people really eat dessert style foods for breakfast? How about muffins, sugary cereals, and bagels? These foods can readily be classified as sweet deserts. Avoid these if you want to lose fat fast.

Eat Sensible Portions through the Day
Stop binge eating late at night. A pint of ice cream and a bag of potato chips while watching late night TV will make you fat. Avoid this and have a bigger late afternoon healthy snack and a healthy dinner later in the evening.

Leave the Junk Foods on the Supermarket Shelves
Avoid buying what we call “sweet treats” and replace them with bowls of fresh fruit. I guarantee that you will quite quickly lose your craving for sugar. If your household demands sweet foods, make healthy foods visible and hide the junk in the back.

Substitute Processed Foods with Natural Foods
This is what the processed food industry does not want you to know. Processed foods are all “modified” foods including bread, biscuits, cereals, chips, fruits canned in syrup and much more. Replace these foods with fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts. You probably need a few examples so try eating an apple with your eggs in place of nutrient-free white bread, combine your steak with some broccoli in place of french fries and eat some raw nuts with your morning coffee in place of sugared cereals.

Cut the Sugar from Your Sport Drinks
Most sports drinks that supposedly boost your energy are laden with sugar. Read the drink label. You don’t need a sugar injection either during or after exercising or playing some sport. Drink water and add one or two pieces of fresh fruit. You definitely do not need to force sugar into your body during or after exercising. What your body really needs at the end of your exercise is carbohydrates.

Find a Nutritional Plan That Works and Measure Your Progress
Calorie counting is not only difficult but is essentially a complete waste of time. As Isobel del Ros, the founder of the nutrition plan I recommend, correctly says: “Don’t count calories because calories don’t count”. It is the type of calories you consume that is important.

  • Combine your eating plan with regular physical exercise. A brisk 45-minute walk 3 times a week, in combination with healthy eating, will bring rapid results.
  • Measure your body weight regularly to measure progress.

The truth is that your body burns fat continuously, even while your sleep. When we talk about fat burning foods, they are foods that improve your body’s metabolism which, in turn, causes you to burn fat.