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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 February 20, 2019

                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                    13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                    Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                    Why is this so critically important to you?

                                    The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                    Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                    1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                    Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                    When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                    • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                    • The man facing the judge.
                                    • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                    • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                    • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                    • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                    These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                    Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                    Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                    2. Accept Your Fear

                                    Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                    We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                    And here’s what can be done.

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                                    3. Get Some Perspective

                                    I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                    And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                    That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                    We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                    So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                    • Are you really at risk?
                                    • Will this kill you?
                                    • Which leads us on to..
                                    • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                    4. Hold a Hand

                                    As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                    Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                    We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                    Ask yourself:

                                    • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                    • Could that really happen?
                                    • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                    • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                    By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                    5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                    This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                    Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                    The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                    It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                    For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                    Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                    6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                    I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                    Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                    Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                    Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                    Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                    Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                    7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                    Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                    I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                    It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                    One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                    Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                    It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                    8. Assume the Worse

                                    If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                    Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                    • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                    • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                    • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                    And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                    When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                    Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                    9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                    If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                    Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                    Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                    10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                    One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                    11. Go with Fear

                                    When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                    I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                    Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                    One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                    However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                    We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                    12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                    And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                    The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                    What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                    13. Own Your Fear

                                    Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                    We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                    You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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