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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 August 15, 2018

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                    Video Summary

                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                    • Prolapse
                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                    • Overweight

                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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