If, like many people, you have started the New Year with the intention of “dropping a dress size”, you’ve probably realised how much conflicting advice there is out there. It seems that there’s a new fad every January, and keeping up is, quite frankly, far too confusing! So before you join a slimming group or rush out to buy the Diet Book du jour, try these three simple tips first.
TIP #1 FOR DROPPING FAT:
Keep hydrated! This will boost your metabolism and help your body to function optimally. Your body is approximately 70% water, with your brain at around 80% water, so it’s no surprise that dehydration results in lethargy, cramps and headaches.
Try to drink approx 1L water for every 50lb body weight, and aim to drink that steadily throughout the day. Don’t glug an entire litre in one sitting – it floods the system and will go straight through you (literally)! Also, add a tiny pinch of salt (either good quality sea salt or himalayan salt) to ensure your body absorbs the water and to re-balance your internal electrolytes.
I personally like to add a chunk of lemon to my water. Not only does it add a hint of flavour, but lemons have the added bonus of having an alkalising effect on the body.
TIP #2 FOR DROPPING FAT:
Eat plenty of protein from a VARIETY of sources. Variety is key. Good sources include lean grass-fed meat, eggs, nuts / nut butters, pulses, quinoa, beans, seeds, wild salmon. And a few slightly less common things like tempeh, chia, goji berries, spirulina, bee pollen are all great sources of protein.
Protein keeps you fuller for longer as it requires more energy (and therefore takes longer) to be broken down. Once broken down, protein is formed of amino acids which are the compounds our bodies use to build lean tissue i.e. muscle. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolism. Win!
TIP#3 FOR DROPPING FAT:
Rest and recover!
Most of the results come during the rest… so sleep well, don’t work out every single day, get a massage (deep tissue / sports), do yoga / tai chi. Plus you’ll be able to train harder if you have adequate recovery, rather than over-training and getting injured. Sometimes less really is more
So there you have it, three simple ways to start dropping fat TODAY!