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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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                                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                    There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                    More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                    Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                    You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                    During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                    Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                    Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                    The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                    This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                    Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                    The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                    This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                    This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                    Conclusion

                                    While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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