Make no bones about it, fat loss is neither easy nor fun, and a well structured exercise and nutrition plan trumps every ‘get ripped’ pill out there, but once you have these two pillars nailed, there are a few other tricks you can bust out to get that detailed mid-section out from beneath the layer of blubber.
Maintaining a fast metabolism is they key here so your body can work at chipping away at the fat while you get on with sitting on your day. Here are five easy ways to make sure you keep that internal fire stoked 24/7;
1. Move More
Whatever it is you’re doing, move more. If you sit at a desk all day, get up regularly and walk around, disguise it as a trip to the toilet or the kitchen if you’re worried about your colleagues thinking you have ADD. Fidget at your desk, whatever, just try to interrupt long periods of being seated, the extra calories you’ll burn over the course of a day is significant.
2. Drink Water
Lots of it. I don’t care if you’re up and down to the toilet every half and hour -that’s a good thing – (see above). Water does wonders for the metabolism since it aids every bodily function, including the ones that help your body digest food and burn fat efficiently. Have 2l bottle at your desk and aim to finish it by the end of the day.
Errr what? Doesn’t eating make you fat? No. Eating crap all day makes you fat. Snack on lean protein (chicken, tuna, cottage cheese, beef jerky) at regular intervals throughout the day. Protein requires the body work hard to digest it (that’s a good thing) and helps build lean muscle, which will further boost your metabolism and burn more fat.
4. Trade Your Chair In
If you’re on office worker, which most fatties are, jettison your chair and instead sit on a Swiss Ball. Ignore jibes from your colleagues and reap the benefits that sitting on an unstable surface gives including stronger abs and an increased metabolism. Just try not to fall off mid-phone call!
5. Stand Up
Although intense bursts of of activity are great for incinerating excess blubber, so is simply standing up. Standing up burns far more calories than slouching on your comfortable but increasing cushion-like butt cheeks, so do it more.
Thermogenics is a posh term for any substance which aids metabolism. Green tea is my personal fave but anything with appreciable amounts of caffeine will do the job nicely, whether in natural or pill form.