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5 Awesome Fat Burning Foods

5 Awesome Fat Burning Foods

We’re always searching for that weight loss miracle aren’t we? Minimum effort and maximum results please. Oh wait, that’s not doable? Damn. Back to the drawing board.

We live increasingly busy lives, in fact, just the other week it was reported that HALF of adults do no exercise at all. None. Nada. Zilch. That’s a pretty shocking statistic which highlights a pretty major problem here. Are we all simply too busy or are we just lazy? It’s easy to get sucked into the couch life, I mean, hello – Netflix! But we don’t want to become a world of couch potatoes. So whilst I urge you to pause Pretty Little Liars and move your ass, you can also read up on some handy foods that will give you a helping hand in burning some fat.

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So without further ado, five foods for zapping away the fat! *and no this doesn’t mean you can get out of exercising too…

1. Hot Peppers

And I’m talking HOT cayenne peppers. These peppers contain capsaicin, this is what gives them their heat and powerful kick. It also helps to burn away calories too, hoorah! You can buy cayenne pepper raw (if you’re brave enough) or in a powdered form. Alternatively you can pick up a hot sauce which you can use in pretty much everything, to an extent.

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2. Whole Grains

These make your body WORK, twice as hard in fact. Whole grains basically burn twice as many calories breaking down foods such as brown rice as opposed to those nasty processed foods that we just don’t need. All too often people make the mistake of cutting out whole grains from their diet in fear that they will bloat or gain weight, but this isn’t the case!

3. Coconut

I bet you didn’t expect this one, did you? Coconuts are rich in medium-chain triglycerides. Did that mean anything to you? No me either really, but what it does mean is that these MCFAS can increase our metabolism rate by up to 30%! Now that’s a statistic I can get on board with. Why not alternate your normal dairy milk to coconut milk? It’s healthy, super tasty and fat burning, duh! If milk isn’t your thing then coconut flakes make for a great afternoon snack.

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4. Avocado

Avocados are one of my favorite ever foods! Creamy, fatty goodness that’s technically healthy? YES please. Not only do these taste great and make for a fantastic dip (who doesn’t love guacamole?), they also boost our metabolism and speed up the process of converting fat into energy. Wahey! For a simple guac recipe – mash up a couple of avocados, chop up a red onion, add a pink of salt and a few dashes of lime et voila! Serve with sticks of carrot or cucumber for a healthy option.

5. Ginger

This was a new one to me, but ginger is also a great fat burning food. It has the ability to increase your body temperature which means that your body has to use up more of those pesky calories to keep your temperature down, winning! Fresh ginger is a fantastic addition to soups and stir fries, it can also be used in baking too so there are a lot of options!

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There are a load of other amazing foods that are packed with fiber and will prolong your cravings and help you feel fuller in-between meals. Lentils, bananas, quinoa and nuts are all a good bet to try and keep those 9pm sugar cravings at bay. I mean who wouldn’t want a bowl of quinoa over a Krispy Kreme? Yeah, nobody said this would be easy…

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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