Realistic Fat-Burning Tips
For your body to burn fat efficiently and effectively, you must adjust your diet and exercise routine or add exercise to your routine. Web MD tells us what foods to eat to help fight the battle of the bulge, fat-burning tips and how to keep our expectations real.
1. How to Burn Fat: Get Realistic
Get real tip No. 1: “You can’t spot reduce,” says Darlene Sedlock, PhD, an associate professor of kinesiology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. “Nobody wants to hear that.”
Translation: If you’re hankering to get rid of the jeans spillover or the pot belly, you need to burn fat from head to toe. “Anything to reduce your overall body fat will help,” she says.
Get real tip No. 2: You need to give it some time. “There’s no easy fix to the flab,” Sedlock says. “Over time, some of the flab will disappear,” if you’re diligent about the eating and exercise plans. Give it several months, she suggests. Your weight might not change, but you will notice a difference in the way your clothes fit, she says.
Get real tip No. 3: This is perhaps the cruelest. You probably can’t expect to be as flab-free as when you were 20. “Skin loses elasticity as you age,” Sedlock says. The sagging of the skin adds to the unsightly appearance of flab, she says.
Other factors also make flab a challenge, says Jim White, an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian in Virginia Beach, Va. who is a national spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. “As we age, muscle mass declines, and metabolism slows, so we are definitely fighting an uphill battle.”
So is some flab inevitable with age? “It seems to happen, but if you make a concentrated effort to avoid it, you can,” Sedlock says. Too late if you’re reading this article, of course, but preventing flab is a lot easier than banishing it, she says.
Even so, it’s possible to reduce your fat and flab, White and Sedlock say. Besides being realistic, here are their best tips.
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