Diet is King
Diet is where the battle really starts. Cutting calories is essential, but not all calories are created equal.
High protein diets are effective for fat loss because protein makes you feel full longer and helps you build muscle. Load up on lean protein like chicken, turkey, and fish. Keep carbs clean by choosing whole grains, and steer clear of sugary snacks and drinks.
Add healthy fats like avocado and nuts in moderation. Fiber from veggies not only fills you up but also helps with digestion.
Cardio and Strength Training
Cardio is your go-to for immediate calorie burning. Think running, cycling, swimming, or even a brisk walk.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. But do not neglect strength training.
Lifting weights or bodyweight exercises like push-ups and planks help build muscle. Muscle is metabolically active; the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day. Ideally,add 2-3 strength training sessions to your weekly routine.
Sleep and Stress
You might overlook sleep and stress management, but they are crucial. Lack of sleep and high stress can increase your cortisol levels, a hormone that promotes fat storage, particularly around the belly.
Try for 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night. Stress-reduction techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or even just taking a walk can help manage cortisol levels. Make these non-negotiables in your routine.
Tech Can Help
In today’s world, tech can be a double-edged sword, but let us use it for good. Apps like MyFitnessPal can help you track food intake and exercise, giving you a better picture of your daily habits.
Simple wearables like a Fitbit can monitor your physical activity and sleep, giving you useful insights and reminders to stay on track. Use the data to make informed decisions.
Portion Control and Eating Habits
Here, it is all about awareness and self-control. Eating out of a smaller plate can psychologically make you feel like you are eating more, reducing the temptation to go for seconds.
Eating slowly is a gamechanger; it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to realize your stomach is full. So, take your time, chew properly, and savour each bite.
Consult a Pro
If you have tried all these steps and are still struggling, it might be time to consult a professional.
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