10 Ways To Burn Fat Before Christmas

Want to turn heads and make a splash at the Christmas party, but still have a couple of pounds to shift?  Here are 10 quick-fire tips to help you burn fat and lose weight as quickly as possible.

Ramp up your Workout with Interval Training

When your workout goes back and forth between high- and low-intensity activities, it improves your anaerobic and aerobic fitness, which helps you burn more fat in less time than longer endurance training.  Switch it up – see quick results!

Download Prodigy, not Enya

Studies show that music allows you to increase the amount of work being performed, without paying as much attention to your level of fatigue. Listen to up-tempo music such as the Prodigy, which will keep you pumped up and help you run faster, rather than down tempo tunes that will slow your pace.

Incorporate more protein

Tony McGrath, the Health & Fitness Club Manager at the Clayton Hotel Cork City, says, “Rather than racking up calories, just try to eat more protein during every meal that includes those carb-laden bowls of pasta as well. This slow-digesting macronutrient helps decrease appetite, squashes cravings, and boosts your metabolism by directly nourishing your calorie-burning muscles”.

Drink more water 

By drinking more water, you can successfully trick your body into thinking it’s full. Start with a glass of water every morning and make sure to have water when eating meals, and at regular intervals

Move more 

Try to move around more throughout the day. Sounds easy, right? Rather than having a meeting inside, try going on a walk with a colleague. Walking will actually give you more energy for the work you need to get done and a quick stroll around the block is one of the best natural energisers around.

Research at the University of Georgia, found as little as 20 minutes of walking can give you a 20 percent surge in energy.

Get enough sleep 

Scientists from Brazil found that by not having enough sleep, you decrease your body’s ability to make muscle tissue which can lead to a higher incidence of injuries.

Research also shows us that being sleep deprived causes us to crave high-calorie foods.

Plan the night before 

Dan Smullen of Icon Gyms says “Preparing your lunch, fitness gear and clothes before you go to bed, will give you a better motivation of getting up in the morning to go the gym. I find it very hard to motivate myself in the morning if I haven’t prepared for my day before I go to bed and end up not going to the gym then.”

Chill out 

Stress causes our bodies to pump out a hormone called cortisol which causes us to build and retain belly fat. If you are feeling too stressed, read these tips to try and de-stress quickly.

Chew minty gum 

Studies show it can lower cravings for sweet and salty snacks, and decrease hunger between meals. The next time you’re craving some crisps, get some chewing gum to keep your mind occupied and your cravings at bay.

Don’t forget to rest 

Lastly, make sure you get enough rest after working out. The average person needs 24 to 48 hours of rest to heal in between workouts, so make sure you give yourself enough time to rest to prevent  injury.

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