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You Have To Try These Fat Burning Food And Drinks To Make Your Workout Plan More Effective

You Have To Try These Fat Burning Food And Drinks To Make Your Workout Plan More Effective

Love it or hate it, but we are living in a world that is extremely health conscious. I think this health consciousness is a good thing. Book stores these days are full of guides to eating healthy, there are countless websites and blogs with weight loss advice and dieting tips, there is so much information, that weirdly it can be hard to find the simple info, of what burns fat, and what does not.

Perhaps you already exercise well, but due to pressures at home or at work, you find it difficult to go the extra length to getting fat burning foods. This is a habit you have to stop immediately if you want to improve your health. Some foods are clearly bad for us and you should make sure to stay away from these unhealthy foods and rather chose the fat burning alternatives we suggest here.

It is a myth that eating a super healthy diet can be challenging or is needlessly expensive In fact some of the foods listed below can be found easily and are cheap.

Mix these foods with a great exercise routine (if you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming, then you’re already losing weight), and you’re pretty much good to go!

What makes these particular foods good is that they help boost and speed up your metabolism, your body’s system of chemicals processes that keeps you going. As these processes require energy, they need to burn fat. So, a faster metabolism means the faster you burn fat. This makes any exercise you plan or will undertake far more effective.

Meat & Fish

I know what you’re thinking…meat is fatty by nature. This is true, and I’m certainly not going to say that the secret to a healthy diet is a steak per day (but wouldn’t that be something!) – but meat and fish can still be healthy if you choose the right one.

Salmon, Herring, Tuna, and Mackerel

    Omega 3 acid can make our skin glows!

    These fish are super rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. You may well have come across articles talking about Omega 3 and its benefits, and, well, they’re not wrong. Omega 3 has been used to treat a variety of conditions including Depression and Asthma. But what is it doing here?

    Omega 3 is also great at boosting your metabolism by reducing blood sugar levels and reducing inflammation. Also research has shown Omega 3 fatty acids are great at regulating your heart rate after exercise. These fish, in particular Salmon contains amounts of protein which help to build muscle.

    A great meal which is high in Omega 3 and protein is Spiced Salmon with Sweet and Tangy Slaw. Its really quick and pretty easy to make too.

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    Chicken and Turkey

      lean meat is good for muscle building too!

      Now this is more like it. Chicken and Turkey work fantastically well. Both contain huge amounts of protein, which, as mentioned before help build muscle (and burn lots of calories while doing so).

      Studies have shown that the glucose your body makes from protein takes twice as much effort for the body than it does when burning carbs into glucose. Also, they contain surprisingly low amounts of fat, so with Chicken and Turkey in your diet, you’ll be burning fat, without putting it on.

      A healthy chicken recipe comes from Jamie Oliver: Firecracker Chicken Noodle Salad . It’s pretty quick to make and has a real kick to it.

      Vegetables, Fruit, and Beans

      Seaweed

        It’s good to ease digestion.

        While to us in the west, seaweed has long been a stable of Asian cuisine.
        Seaweed contains huge amounts of Iodine which in itself is a useful micronutrient. But, when consumed it makes your thyroid produce hormones which helps to regulate your metabolism.

        Though when eating seaweed, make sure not to consume too much as this can result in Iodine poisoning.

        A nice quick seaweed salad is a great way to have seaweed. Seaweed flakes works well in a number of dishes.

        Celery

          celery is good for detoxing too!

          Celery has an extremely low calorie count. Some have said that its calorie count is actually negative as it contains less calories than it takes to burn, this isn’t really accurate but it gives an impression about how low on calories celery is.
          Celery is mostly made up of water (which is a fantastic metabolism booster, but more on that later) and cellulose which is undigested.

          When consuming it (as with any food) it gets your digestive system working which in turns burns calories. So when you eat it, it can help fill you up without putting any strain at all on your calorie count.

          Celery can be used as a snack by itself, as well as an ingredient in salads, soups, and stews. It can even be blended down and used in drinks.

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          Avocado

            Its true that avocados contain large amounts of fat, but the fats they do contain are actually considered to be healthy fats (sounds like an oxymoron but bare with me), because monounsaturated fats, which avocados have, help control the rate of metabolism.

            For a guide to how to best use avocados…well, you can’t beat a good guacamole . Use it as a dip for a celery stick to show you’re not messing around.

            Peppers and Chilies

              Whilst the science behind it isn’t as simple as hot food burns fat, it does none the less work that way. Eating hot peppers can boost your metabolism quite rapidly, within hours after consuming. With Guacomole above, and Peppers here, it looks like Mexican food is the way to go…

              Peppers and chilies are used in countless recipes. A good metabolism boosting one is Stir Fried Chicken and Broccoli with Noodles.

              Fiber rich greens: Spinach, Kale, Brussels Sprouts and Peas

                If you don’t like salad you can always include them into smoothie

                Looks like Popeye had a scientific basis… Fiber whilst very useful for the body and working with your digestion isn’t actually consumed and used by your body. As your body tries to figure out what to do with it, it burns calories, lowers cholesterol and blood glucose.

                These greens are hugely versatile and are commonly used in salads …though Brussels Sprouts are famously avoided during the holidays.

                Beans, Chickpeas and Lentils

                  they are natural substitute for carbs and they are high in protein too!

                  Beans are rich in fiber and lean protein, which as we have explored are both vitally important when boosting your metabolism. So as a food type with large amounts of both, its use in boosting your metabolism is a no brainier.

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                  But that’s not all, beans are also a good source of Iron which helps transport oxygen to your muscles, and by extension increasing their effectiveness and their ability to burn fat.

                  There’s a lot you can do with beans, for example you can try a healthy Sweet Potato Fritters with Smoky Pinto Beans dish.

                  Apples

                    An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

                    I’ve discussed some of the advantages of fiber before, and apples are a great source of it. However this is not the only benefit for the metabolism apples have. Indeed research has shown that eating apples lowers the risk of gaining the metabolic syndrome.

                    Berries like Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries

                      antioxidant make you skin glows!

                      Like the greens and apples mentioned above, berries are a great source of fiber. A handful of berries are extremely high in fiber, it can easily account for about 10% of an individual’s daily fiber intake of 35 grams for men, and 25 for women.

                      Mix them up in a delicious smoothie for a great combo.

                      Grapefruit

                        grapefruit is high in vitamin C and it’s good for our skin

                        Grapefruits are sensational metabolism boosters. They help lower insulin levels which by extension hugely helps with weight loss. However, they are also contain fiber (which I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about) and vitamin C which helps keep you and your immune system healthy.

                        Grapefruits make a decent breakfast by themselves, otherwise when juiced you can consume its great benefits as a drink.

                        Dairy

                        Low Fat Yogurt

                          greek yogurt is the best choice because it has the highest protein content.

                          Yogurt is a fantastic metabolism booster. It contains a great source of calcium which, as well as other things, helps regulate how fat is stored in your body.
                          Also, dairy products contain large amounts of protein. However I emphasize low or no fat yogurt and dairy products as full fat is well…full fat.

                          Liquids and Drinks

                          Water

                            It’s always important to keep yourself hydrated

                            One of the most important metabolism boosting things to consume is good old fashioned H20. It has been found to increase your metabolic rate by 30%. Which, by itself makes it a great metabolism booster. But on top of this, water is a powerful appetite suppressor, so drinking water not only keeps you healthy, but also helps make you stop eating unnecessarily.

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                            Tea, Green Tea, and Coffee (read: Caffeine)

                              you can burn more calories if you drink a cup of black coffee before working out.

                              Caffeine does have its share of problems, this is true. However if you are looking for a quick pick me up, a quick boost to your energy levels and metabolic rate, then it is a good choice. Especially if the alternative is a super sugary energy drink.

                              I recommend an espresso or a regular coffee as opposed to a cappuccino or latte as the fats in the milk may counteract any benefits.

                              Other types of foods

                              Eggs

                                Eggs are amazing and hands down something you need if you want to boost your metabolism. Eggs feature Omega 3, Protein, Amino Acids, Vitamin B, and Iron. Also, on top of everything, they are low on calories. Meaning there are few things better.

                                Eggs are very versatile, but a good omelette is hard to beat.

                                Chocolate

                                  bare with the amount you eat and the choice of chocolate you pick

                                  Before you raid the candy shop for metabolism boosters, I should be more specific. Chocolate is a sweet, so generally less is more. However chocolate with a high amount of cacao (so, Dark Chocolate) can help your metabolism pretty well.

                                  Cacao contains magnesium which helps maintain good glucose levels as well as increases the levels of the hormone adiponectin which helps burn fat.

                                  Brown Rice, Whole Grain Cereal, and Quinoa

                                    carbs are not enemy, it’s all about balanced diet

                                    The above are all examples whole grains. It has been demonstrated that eating more whole grains can have a direct impact on your metabolic rate and weight loss. Studies have also shown that whole grains increase the calories consumed during the digestion process, and as a result, have a big impact on the body’s ability to burn fat.

                                    There are numerous ways to include whole grains like brown rice into your diet. A Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice dish is one idea.

                                    The above are a sample of the many fat burning, and metabolism boosting foods available. With an increase of them in your diet, and a good fitness plan, you’ll soon be in the shape and health you wish for, and deserve.

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                                    Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                    1. Believe It to See It

                                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                    10. Be in It to Win It

                                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                    24. Champion in Communication

                                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                    28. Live by Core Values

                                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                    48. Follow Through

                                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                    Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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