Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fastest Ways to Burn Fat; Handy Tips for the Easter Egg Aftermath

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fastest Ways to Burn Fat; Handy Tips for the Easter Egg Aftermath

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Byline: Kathleen Alleaume

THERE are many myths surrounding fat burning. And with temptations hitting you everywhere you turn, it can be difficult to keep the fat falling off.

Fortunately, there are fast ways to burn off those choices - and all it takes is adopting some smart rules around eating and exercise.

Here are six of the best.

1. Shock it

Ever noticed that the first time you do an exercise, you wake up super sore? But by the second and third time you barely feel it? This is your body's amazing ability to adapt. While it means you're getting fitter and stronger, it also means your workout is less effective.

Luckily, there's a simple way around this: shake it up. Swap the treadmill for stairs or try something you've never tried before: boxing, rock climbing, high-intensity interval training. Once your body is confronted with a new challenge, it will use up more energy to conquer it.

2. Pump it

A common misconception with fast loss is that cardio is king. As a result, people push strength training out of the equation, and spend hours pounding the pavement.

While cardio is effective, resistance training is an important piece of the puzzle.

One 12-week study compared the weight loss effects of people who did cardio in isolation versus cardio plus strength training. The participants who paired strength training with aerobic exercise were more effective at reducing body and belly fat. Why? Lifting weights not only helps to build strength, but muscle mass.

The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn (even at rest). Who doesn't love burning calories on the couch?

3. Boost it

Iron is a type of mineral vital to many functions in the body, however one of the main functions is to carry oxygen around the body and a deficiency can sap your energy levels or alter your metabolism, particularly if the thyroid is affected.

To aid your fat burning, make sure you're consuming iron-rich foods, especially if you're a vegetarian. These include lean sources of meat, poultry, seafood, or plant-based varieties including wholegrains, leafy greens and beans. …

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