While the concept of burning fat might feel elusive, reaching your goals could be easier than you think. Boosting your metabolism plays an essential role in the process, and these techniques are all specifically linked to burning fat. Take these four tips to heart to see big results.
Go for the big burn: When it comes to the workout that truly blasts the most fat, Len Kravitz, Ph.D., puts it simply: "To burn more fat, burn more calories." Your lengthy leisurely walk or restorative yoga class is a great start, but they're not necessarily going to help you take off weight. If you're not sure where to start, then check out these exercises that burn the most calories in 15 minutes to have an idea of what you should be looking for when choosing a new workout.
Drink green tea: Green tea does more than calm you down and prevent sickness. According to a study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking tea may have fat-fighting effects. The combination of green tea's high content of caffeine and catechins stops the body from absorbing carbohydrates and helps burn more fat. The warm weather doesn't suit a hot cup of tea, so enjoy green tea's benefits in this refreshing iced green tea cooler. The addition of citrus ups the antioxidants in your cup and gives the drink a pleasant flavor.
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Stand up: We've heard the claims that sitting is just as bad as smoking, and your 9-to-5 gig might also be hindering your body's ability to burn fat. Scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Stand up for a stretch break, or take a brisk walk outside — do whatever you can to get up and help your body out of your chair.
Work out with intervals: Not only are intervals awesome for breaking up the monotony of a long workout, but also, a study in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that women who for 20 minutes alternated cycling as fast as possible for eight seconds with 12-second rest periods dropped 9.5 percent of their belly fat, while those who cycled steadily for 40 minutes gained. But alternating between periods of pushing your body to the max with rest periods does more than burn belly fat. In another study from the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers found that periods of intense cardio can fire up certain genes that initiate the fat-burning process. Try this one-hour walk-run interval playlist for the treadmill or an outdoor run. Or if the elliptical is more your speed, then get moving with this 35-minute plan.