5 Tips to Successfully Losing Weight and Keeping it Off
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES--Level 1 Certified Nutrition Precision and Certified Personal Trainer
Picture this: you are at the beach and you rip off your shirt to reveal a sexy, tone, and ripped midsection.
People look at you in amazement, thinking that it took countless hours in the gym, or hundreds of thousands of crunches in a day to get YOUR ripped, sexy look.
The fact is, everyone today is looking to get a ripped midsection, the six-pack abs look, or the washboard look.
Unfortunately, most people who spend hours upon hours in the gym, or do hundreds of the same exercises can attest to this: they are still trying to find their way.
You cut out breads, pastas, cakes, cookies, and soda in exchange for chicken, turkey, and bland salads.
What you may not know is that there are four key ingredients that not only shred fat, but give you the lean, ripped, sexy look you dream about every time you look in the mirror.
Let me explain…
Four Secrets to a Flat Belly
Have you ever looked at the ripped guy or the slender girl and just want to know what their secrets are?
Of course you have! We all have!
But here’s a secret: they aren’t really secrets at all.
They are common-sense nutrition and exercise strategies that may be the bullet to shredding unwanted belly fat stores, revealing (maybe for the first time) your six-pack abs, and giving you an extra boost in your confidence.
So for you today, here are the top Four Secrets to Losing Your Unwanted Belly Fat:
Flat Abs Secret #1: Protein Shakes ARE All They Are Cracked Up To Be
The right mix of nutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) is just as important as the type of exercise that you do.
If you exercise to increase your fat burning, then you need to preserve your lean muscles by increasing your protein intake.
Protein, which contains amino acids, is essential for providing your muscles with the nutrients they need in order to build lean muscle mass.
For most people, though, they tend not to get enough protein into their day.
Solution: Add a protein shake post-workout or sometime throughout your day in order to increase your protein intake and promote increased muscle growth and repair.
This could boost your fat loss and trim and tone your midsection.
Flat Abs Secret #2: Exercise Smarter For Increased Fat Burning
The previous secret explained why you need more protein. This will explain why the type of exercise you may currently be doing may be obsolete.
There is no need to spend countless hours in the gym, or doing hundreds of thousands of crunches in a week, just to get the six-pack look.
Exercise is a great way to burn extra calories and may be vital in the whole weight loss formula.
However, if you are finding yourself losing weight, but not stubborn inches, then you are definitely missing a piece to the weight loss puzzle.
Most people have a very generic exercise program that includes lots of cardio and stretching, with a few weight exercise thrown in.
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For these people, they have heard that doing more cardio will help you burn fat and lead to greater weight loss.
For the beginner, this may be true.
But if you’re an advanced exerciser, then you need to include more weight work and bouts of interval training into the mix.
Strength training boosts lean muscle development, which is a key to boosting your metabolism and burning more overall calories at rest.
Lean muscle mass has been shown to boost your resting metabolism (how many calories you burn when you are sleeping), which translates into more weight loss and a toner, trimmer you.
Interval training is the new version of cardio that everyone is raving about.
Not only do you burn more calories during the exercise bout, but you also burn more calories AFTER the workout is over.
Plus, interval training (or sprint training) has been shown to preserve your muscle tissue and burn FAT, which could possible make it the best exercise ever.
So if you find yourself losing weight but not the inches, eat more protein, lift more heavy weights, and include more interval training into the mix.
Flat Abs Secret #3: Carbs Are NOT The Enemy
Most people, dieters especially, try to limit or avoid as many carbs as they can.
However, this may just be the reason why you are holding onto your fat and not revealing your six pack.
Just like everything else you eat, if you eat too many carbs, then yes, they will be stored as fat.
But if you have the correct portion and the right kind, then carbs can be a key ingredient in the weight-loss stew.
Carbohydrates, found in sprouted whole grains, fruits and vegetables, oats, and whole wheat products, are full of fiber, which may lead to appetite control as well as portion control.
Plus, the fiber found in these foods has been shown to aid in weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer, and preventing crazy spikes in insulin, which is especially important for uncovering your abs.
However, not all carbs are created equally. You should look for complex carb sources from the items above and stay away from white breads, pastas, and nutrient-dense snacks, because these products lack the essential nutrients and may promote increased weight gain and fat storage.
Flat Abs Secret #4: Burn Fat with…Fat?
Fats are an essential part to a healthy diet.
Including healthy fats at each meal may increase your weight and belly fat loss.
But remember, the type does matter.
Fats like polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids) and monounsaturated fatty acids have been linked to increased fat burning, even when the participant’s calories stayed the same.
Plus, these types of fats are essential for cellular repair, hormone production, and other vital processes in your body.
Foods that have good fats in them: eggs (including the yolk), flaxseed oil, olive oil, wild fatty fish, grass-fed beef, avocados, and nuts, provide you with essential fats that may make you feel fuller and could help you burn more fat and lose more weight.
The Secrets to Fat Loss
In order to burn fat, you need to have a solid exercise program with a sound nutrition program.
However, keeping these four secrets in mind may increase your metabolism and boost your fat loss.
If you include healthy fats, add in strength training and interval training, add more protein, and include good carbs, then you may boost your fat loss, potentially giving you the body you have been dreaming about.
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