Everybody I know wants to lose a little bit of weight. Almost 80% of women feel as though they are too fat. That is a pretty terrible statistic. And the hard thing about weight loss is that it takes a lot of time and effort. Today I am going to share with you 8 hacks that will help you burn more fat and lose more weight. I hope they help.
If you have any other tips that you think our readers might find useful then please head on over to our women’s weight loss forum and let us know.
1. Step up the intensity
If you want to burn more fat you need to start working out with more intensity. Higher intensity cardio burns a lot more calories and it keeps your metabolism elevated for most of the day which means you will be burning fat long after the workout has finished. Higher intensity workouts also allow you to fit more in and as such you will gradually increase your levels of fitness. This progression is how you get super toned and healthy.
2. Train with weights
Weight training is one of the best ways to burn fat and tone up. All women should be weight training. I recently talked about whether weight training will make you bulky as it is something that a lot of women worry about. You really shouldn’t, however, as weight training is so important for your progress.
Lifting weights increases your metabolism and it creates a better fat burning environment in your body. Fat and muscle do not coexist and where you have a good amount of toned muscle you will have less fat. For example, the calf and hamstring muscles are quite dense and as such you have less fat there than other places where there is less muscle.
3. Eat six small meals a day
This tip is an old one but one that most women ignore. If you want to lose weight faster you need to start eating six small meals a day instead of three big ones. If you can do this you will find that you lose weight quite naturally.
When you eat three big meals you slow down your metabolism. And quite often your body will not have a use for all the calories and as such it will get stored as fat. When you eat six small meals, however, the energy gets used up quite quickly and your metabolism stays elevated all day long. Digestion takes up a lot of energy – by eating six small meals every two hours you are effectively using eating as a weight loss exercise!
4. Train your legs more
The legs contain the biggest muscles in the body. When you work them out you use a lot of energy and this helps you to lose weight fast. The legs, in fact, are the secret to getting toned, trim and fit. Try doing more exercises like kickboxing, squats, jumping squats, sprinting and so on. These exercises utilize your leg muscles in a very intense way and this will help you to burn a lot of extra calories.
5. Eat lots of vegetables
When you think about weight loss you often don’t think about vegetables. Your mind automatically thinks of protein rich foods like meat and eggs. However, vegetables should become the main part of your diet if you want to lose weight fast. Why? Because they take a lot of energy to burn – and this requires calories.
The other reason for eating vegetables is because this is what human kind was meant to eat. When you put yourself on a natural diet your body will feel comfortable and secure and will stop storing all that emergency fat. Try it. It works.
6. Don’t mix carbs and bad fats
Carbohydrates and fats are two of the hardest food types to process. The problem? A lot of the time we eat these two together. Spaghetti and Parmesan cheese for example. And the bad thing about mixing these two is that a lot of it ends up being converted and stored as fat. Not good. If you are still eating carbs you should try to eat them without too much fat in the meal. Give your body a chance to burn some of the energy up.
Remember, not all fats are bad. Some fatty acids are essential for your body to function in a normal and healthy way. The fats you need to start avoiding are saturated fats and trans fats. LDLs are not good for you.
7. Skip rope
Skipping is one of the absolute best exercises for losing weight. I am including this as its own point because I truly believe that regular skipping will get you in the best shape of your life. Recently we did an article on skipping for weight loss that showed why it is so good for you as well as giving you some tips to make it more effective. Considering the rope only costs $5 and you can do it anywhere in the world I wonder why more women aren’t jumping rope!
8. Think of dinner as a snack
In the western world we have meals all upside down. We eat a tiny breakfast (if any!), a medium lunch and a huge two course dinner. Bad idea if you are trying to lose weight. All of that dinner gets stored as fat because you eat and then sleep and your body has nothing else to do with the calories. It is time to re-think the way we do dinner. Dinner should be no more than a snack. Eat a big breakfast and gradually eat less as the day goes on. This is one of the best tips you can take on board if you want to speed up your weight loss.
All of these little hacks added up equal some powerful weight loss. Try to implement as many of them as you can over a period of a few weeks. If you find that anything works particularly well for you then please let us know!
Once you’ve pulled off your weight loss goals how do you plan to keep the weight off? Remaining involved in a regular fitness-training program is a great idea. The last thing you want to do is put all that weight back on now that you’ve reached your perfect weight! Adding some muscle is a great way to stay in shape too.