Spring is almost here & we all know what follows spring, right?
Here are my top 5 favourite tips for fat burn in preparation for the beach.
Drink Green Tea
YUM! Green tea contains the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) as well as caffeine; both of which give a boost to metabolism. Several studies have shown that a combination of green tea & exercise are effective for losing belly fat, so pour yourself a cuppa, right now!
Eat Fatty Fish
It’s super healthy! Not only is fatty fish rich in high-quality protein, it’s also packed full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to largely reduce liver & abdominal fat. Feast on 2 – 3 servings of fatty fish every week; some good choices are salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring, and sardines.
Ditch the Added Sugar
Sugar has been linked with numerous chronic diseases & multiple studies show that there is a direct relationship between a high-sugar intake & increased abdominal fat. Avoid it when you can. My rule: if added sugar is in the top 5 ingredients of a product, I don’t buy it.
Reduce Your Stress
Easier said than done, but it’s worth noting that research has linked higher stress levels with increased body fat. Stress triggers the release of cortisol (the ‘’stress hormone’’) which has been shown to increase both appetite & abdominal fat storage. Combat stress by practicing yoga, getting enough sleep, or by performing other activities that one (or two) would find pleasurable…
Limit Your Booze
The one you may not want to hear, but come on, how reliant are you? The research on this one is endless – alcohol & body fat are directly linked. There is nothing wrong with a drink here or there, but the world (& your body) relies on limits; & this is a limit you should definitely monitor if you want to lose body fat. My rule: For every 500 calories I burn during exercise I am allowed one beer.