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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Lose Belly Fat Tips

Shiftign that overhang and stomach fat can be a main problem. On the off chance that you fidn that you thin down effectively and feel fit yet still battle with that resolute paunch, it may be an ideal opportunity to approach your journey for a level tum from a couple of various edges.

While tummy and center activities like crunches, boards and leg raises will absolutely characterize and condition the midriff, only they don’t dispense with the fat. So by what means would you be able to soften away that layer of fat and uncover those abs underneath?

# Exercise

To torch the fat that’s hiding your toned tum, you need to adopt an intense fat-burning approach to exercise that targets the whole body, not just your stomach.

# Sleep

Could having a flat belly be as easy as laying in bed? In a way, yes! Health coach and founder of Definitive Health, James Driscoll, emphasises the effect that hormones have on belly fat: ‘Studies have shown that sleep-deprived people make poorer food choices and crave high-energy, calorie-dense snacks in an attempt to boost energy levels,’ he explains. ‘Important hormones are released during deep sleep, too, which aid muscle repair, detoxify the body and increase fat burn; directly impacting your physique.’

Make sure you’re getting enough good-quality sleep – 8 hours at least. If you have trouble drifting off, set aside some time to unwind before bed. ‘Drink valerian tea, dim the lights and avoid electronics one hour before bed,’ advises James. ‘Develop an evening ritual that works for you.’

# Eat

A healthy, balanced diet is crucial to keep belly fat at bay. Watchingwhat you eat is just as important as how much you’re eating, so make sure you’re getting the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. ‘High-protein diets have been scientifically proven to promote greater fat loss and keep you feeling fuller for longer,’ says James. ‘Aim to eat 2 grams of protein a day per kilogram of bodyweight, and include protein with every meal. Steer clear of sugar, which switches fat burn off completely – stick to 50-70 grams of carbohydrates a day, choosing those that are low-GI such as quinoa and fibrous green vegetables. Avoid starchy carbohydrates like white bread, white rice and potatoes. Avocado, oily fish, nuts, coconut oil and hemp oil are good ideas for quality fat sources.’

Lost Fat Tips

Forget the gym

Believe it or not, your 30-60mins sessions in the gym might not be the most important ingredient in your fat burning endeavours. Recent research has coined the term non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) referring to standing, moving, and even fidgeting during everyday tasks. Scientists have found that this can add up to as much as 350 calories per day, the equivalent of a moderate intensity 60mins studio class. So resist the phone and email at work, go talk to people face to face. Enjoy standing in queues and even on TV nights regularly get off the sofa and move around a bit. As one of the supermarket giants claims, every little helps!

Think big

Forget exercises for your arms – really, there’s no need to even worry about them! Press-up, barbell chest press and incline dumbbell press are all chest exercises that will also challenge and therefore tone your triceps. Similarly, bent over barbell row and lateral pull-down are intended to target your back but will also tax your biceps. Focus on the bigger muscles and the little ones will take care of themselves.

Running on empty

Exercising in the morning, on an empty stomach, is a great way to shed fat. Research shows that fasting (which is essentially what happens overnight as we sleep) leads to increased adrenalin and reduced insulin levels, creating an environment that is more conductive to the breakdown of fat for energy.

Ditch the boyfriend

Don’t panic – it’s only for the workout. Men usually burn more calories than women in the same workout due to being heavier, in addition to which Mother Nature acts to protect women’s role as child bearer, which means we maintain adequate body fat for nourishing healthy babies. Doing your partner’s workout, then, might end up with him shedding pounds but you only shedding tears. Go solo, girl!

Turn on the afterburners

Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) is the term given to the body’s attempts to recharge and restore itself immediately after a workout, a process that results in additional calorie burn. Research has shown that high-intensity interval training leads to greater EPOC than steady cardio workouts, so turn up the dial with alternate bouts of maximum effort and rest for serious results. Try the Tabata format – eight periods of 20 secs full-out work followed by 10 secs recovery.

Refuelling hazard

The more you exercise, the hungrier you get and so you might eat more or believe you ‘deserve’ to eat more after a good workout. In some cases you might just want to eat more as a reward for having survived the session. It’s important to eat according to our whole day’s activity level, not just according to how hard you’ve exercised in the gym, particularly if you have a sedentary job.

Muscle up to slim down

Lifting heavier weights for fewer reps will promote muscle growth, but don’t worry, you won’t end up looking like a novelty circus act because women lack the necessary testosterone to get bulky. The important thing to know, here, is that a kilogram of extra lean tissue will burn an additional 100 calories in 24 hours. If you consider that a resistance training programme can reasonably be expected to add 3kg of muscle mass to your body, this equates to using up an extra 300 calories a day, just by doing your everyday activities. This adds up to a whopping 14kg of fat loss over a year!

Team tactics

Working out in the gym can sometimes be a lonely experience, and it’s possible to get into a rut when you attend the same studio classes every week, so give your fat loss hopes a sporting chance by joining a netball, hockey or tennis club, or try football or rugby which are both sports growing in popularity for women. Not only will variation keep you motivated, these sports incorporate the need for repeated bursts of speed (interval training) that we know burns fat.

Heart attack

Alternating your exercises between upper and lower body results in an extra calorie burn because your cardiovascular system has to work harder. Peripheral Heart Action training, as this is known, challenges the heart to keep pushing blood from one extreme to the other, in order to deliver oxygen to fuel the muscles. A routine like this also allows you to move straight from one exercise to the next, as muscle groups get a chance to rest, so you can get your workout done quicker.

Don’t get isolated

Compound exercises require several muscle groups to work together in harmony, as opposed to moves that specifically target one muscle. The beauty of these exercises is that they are more demanding and so will tone your muscles but at the same time burn more calories. Try 15 repetitions of each of the following: squat, chest press, deadlift and lateral pull-downs. Rest for 2-3 mins and repeat once or twice more.

Explode the fat

Also known as jump training, plyometric exercises, which developed in Eastern European athletic training in the early 1970s, involve stretching the muscles prior to explosively contracting them. This type of training mimics the motions used in sports such as skiing, tennis and volleyball so if you enjoy dodging moguls, chasing down ground strokes or charging the net, you’ll love these. And now for the good news – because this type of training is so intensive, it results in high calorie expenditure so is a valuable weapon in your fat loss armoury.

Bear the load

Weight-bearing activities, such as walking and running, use more calories than those in which your weight is supported, like swimming and cycling, because you have to support your own body weight. To optimise your calorie burn in the gym, swap the cycle and rower for the treadmill or stepper.


Workout Tips from Expert

# Make Over Your Running Routine
“Unless you’re training for a marathon, skip long, slow, distance running — sprinting builds more muscle. Add a few 10- to 60-second sprints to your run, slowing down just long enough to catch your breath between them.”
—Stephen Holt, 2003 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year

# Tone Up on the Treadmill
“Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. I’s an amazing upper-body challenge that also gets your heart pumping. Do this series two or three times each week. As you improve, work up to doing four-minute sets.”
—Michael George, trainer and owner of Integrated Motivational Fitness in Los Angeles

# Power Up Your Runs
“Adding wall sits to the end of every run will strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes, improving your speed and endurance. Lean against a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart, then squat until your knees are bent at 45 degrees. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds; work up to doing 10 sets. Add a challenge by including heel raises: Lift your left heel, then the right, then lift both together twice.”
—Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of the Running Center, New York City

# Break Out the Shovel
“Why pay someone to clear snow from your driveway? Besides burning nearly 400 calories per hour, shoveling snow develops muscular endurance and power. But be safe: Minimize the amount of snow on each shovelful, and bend from your knees and hips, not your back.”
—Tom Seabourne, Ph.D., exercise physiologist and sports psychologist at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas

# Chart Your Progress
“Stay motivated using a fitness report card. Jot down these subjects: Cardio, Muscle Conditioning, Flexibility and Attitude. Set goals (for example, doing 10 “boy” push-ups) and grade yourself A through F at least four times a year. When you see how much you improve, you’ll want to stay in great shape.”
—Ken Alan, Los Angeles—based personal trainer

# Try This All-in-One Toner
“A side-step squat with wood chop works your arms, torso, abs, back, legs, inner thighs and butt. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a three- to four-pound medicine ball in your hands. Bend your arms up so that the ball is at eye level over your right shoulder. As you bring the ball toward your left knee, step out with your left leg and bend it no further than 90 degrees, keeping your right leg straight. Return to the starting position. Do 10 to 15 reps and repeat on the other leg.”
—David Kirsch, trainer and author of The Ultimate New York Body Plan (McGraw-Hill, 2004)

# Take This Jump-Rope Challenge
“The best cardio workout is the jump-rope double-turn maneuver. It’s intense: You’ll burn about 26 calories per minute! Do a basic jump for five minutes, then jump twice as high and turn the rope twice as fast so it passes under your feet twice before you land. This takes timing, patience and power. But you’ll get in great shape just by working at it.”
—Michael Olajide Jr., former number one world middleweight contender and cofounder/trainer at Aerospace High Performance Center in New York City

# Give Yourself a Break
“You don’t have to be a fitness saint to get results. Follow the 80/20 plan: Eighty percent of the year, you’ll exercise regularly and eat well. Know that you’ll slip 20 percent of the time due to holidays and work deadlines. When you accept that fitness isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, you’re more likely to stick with it for life.”
—Maureen Wilson, owner/personal trainer/instructor, Sweat Co. Studios, Vancouver, B.C.

# Work Out During Your Workday
“Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk. Squeeze in 12 to 15 reps of exercises like dumbbell curls, overhead presses and ab crunches; aim for two or three sets of each. This gives you more free time to fit in fun workouts like biking or tennis.”
—Gregory Florez, personal trainer and CEO of Salt Lake City — based

# Get a Jump on Weight Loss
“Add plyometric box jumps to your workout to improve your cardiovascular stamina and leg strength — you’ll really sculpt your hamstrings, quads and glutes. Find a sturdy box that’;s at least one foot high [like a Plyo Box, $139.95; 888-556-7464;]. Starting from a standing position, explosively jump to the middle of the box, then jump back down. Repeat 20 times.”
—Michael George

# Paddle Your Way to Flatter Abs
“Go kayaking to get a taut stomach — it’s ideal because much of your rowing power comes from your core. Mimic the motion and resistance of the water at home by looping an exercise band around the bottom of a table leg or other fixed object. Sit on the floor with legs extended, knees slightly bent; grasp one end of the band in each hand. Rotate your torso to one side as you bring the elbow back slightly, then switch sides. Do three sets of one to three minutes each.”
—Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., associate professor of health, physical education and recreation at Southwest Missouri State University

# Don’t Skimp on Carbs
“Your body needs them to fuel a workout, so reach for fruit or high-fiber crackers an hour beforehand. If you’e exercising for 90 minutes or longer, include some protein so that the carbs break down more slowly, giving you longer-lasting energy. Your best bets: low-fat cheese and crackers, trail mix or half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
—Cindy Sherwin, R.D., personal trainer at the Gym in New York City

# Maximize Your Crunches
“Don’t relax your abs as you lower your chest away from your knees during a crunch — you get only half the ab-toning benefit! To get the firmest abs possible, you need to sustain the contraction on the way down.”
—Steve Ilg, founder of Wholistic Fitness Personal Training and author of Total Body Transformation (Hyperion, 2004)

# Intensify Your Push-Up
“Squat-thrust push-ups get you in great shape because they work your upper body, core and lower body and improve agility, strength and endurance all at once. From a standing position, bend down, put your hands on the floor shoulder-width apart, and jump your feet back into plank position. If you’re strong, cross your ankles; otherwise, jump your feet wide apart. Do a push-up, then jump your feet together or uncross your ankles. Jump your feet back to your hands and stand up. Do eight reps total, rest for one minute, and repeat.”
—Keli Roberts, Los Angeles — based trainer

# Super-Sculpt Your Butt
“Get great glutes by targeting the muscles and connective tissues buried deep in your body. To hit them, do high-intensity squats, such as jump squats. Then, blast off butt flab with cross-country skiing, bleacher running and stair climbing.”
—Steve Ilg