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fat burning ideas needed

8/17 9:14:54

I am in need of some fat burning tips. I am 29, male, 220 lbs.
My ideal weight would be around 185 - 190. I have tried many
things including diet, excercise, Hydroxicut, etc... Though I am
not obese, I would at least like to tone up and lose the excess
fat around my chest and stomach. Due to my work schedule,(I
am a musician), I do not have a regular diet or excercise routine
so it is hard to stay on a regular schedule. Do you have any tips
that will help me to lose this fat and reduce my waistline. If
anything, I would like to tone up.
Thank you.

Hello Bill!

  Here are some tips to help you burn fat and reduce your waistline.  

1. Eat small frequent meals througout your day.  鈥淓very cell of the body is like a flashlight bulb,鈥? 鈥淲hen our bodies don鈥檛 get enough food, or fuel, every cell burns less brightly.鈥? Recent studies show that eating smaller meals every three to four hours aids metabolism and weight loss.

2. Ditch the sugar. Of course, you still have to make good choices about what you eat. 鈥淲hen you eat sugar you throw your metabolic switch into fat storage mode. A predominately low glycemic index diet, meaning foods that, unlike sugars, are broken down gradually to help maintain an even blood-sugar level.

3. Don鈥檛 skip breakfast. It鈥檚 a fact that people who eat a healthy breakfast are skinnier than people who don鈥檛. And try to think outside the box. A breakfast bowl of vegetables and brown rice is a great way to kick-start your metabolism for the day.

4. Include hot foods. If Mexican and Thai are favorites, you鈥檙e in luck. 鈥淪picy food that has hot peppers in it appears to boost metabolism,鈥?  

5. Drink green tea. Go for green tea, , which is known to stimulate metabolism longer and more effectively than coffee.

6. Don鈥檛 forget H2O. Staying well hydrated is essential to flushing the body of toxic byproducts that are released when fat is burned. Cold water may also give your metabolism at least a small boost because energy is required to heat the body.

7. Avoid stress. At all costs. 鈥淪tress can actually cause weight gain, particularly around the tummy,鈥? says Lieberman. Why? Because physical and emotional stress activates the release of cortisol, a steroid that slows metabolism.

8. Sleep. Research shows that people who don鈥檛 sleep for seven to eight hours a night are more prone to weight gain. Additionally, we now know that lean muscle is regenerated in the final couple of hours of sleep each night, says Beyer. Which takes you right back to tip number one!

For more answers to your nutrition questions check out "Ask the Nutritionists" by George Rapitis at www.authorhouse.com or your favorite bookstore.

-George Rapitis, Bsc. Nutritionist
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