Calorie here, calorie there. Every time we try to lose weight, we are asked to monitor our calorie intake. Now what the heck is this calorie? Well, as a matter of fact, each of the foods and drinks we consume contain a certain quantity of calories. Once food enters our body, those calories are transformed into energy. In turn our body uses this energy to perform its day-to-day operations.
Now our body requires a certain minimum level of energy to be able to function properly. If the current energy level is below this minimum requirement, we would suffer from fatigue, weakness, and a host of other maladies. On the other hand, if our body receives more energy than required, it would deposit the extra energy as fat for future use.
As you can see, if you want to get rid of fat, you need to control your body’s energy production, which can be done only by reducing your daily calorie intake level. One way to do that is by controlling your food intake by dieting. Dieting of course means eating balanced, healthy meals rather than fasting. Another way to keep the energy levels at normal level is by burning the excess calories with the help of workouts.
Something else you need to be familiar with is your body’s metabolic rate. Our body burns the calories at a certain speed, and this speed is determined by our metabolic rate. The higher our metabolic rate is, the faster our body would burn fat. People with a high metabolic rate generally find it easier to maintain their slim body than others.
If you notice that some of your friends are able to keep the pounds away despite eating burgers and chips everyday, there is nothing to wonder about it; it simply means that they are blessed with a high metabolic rate. I am sure that now it makes sense if I tell you that the way to lose is by boosting your metabolic rate.
Some people say that it is not possible to boost your metabolic rate artificially. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to fire up your metabolism in order to burn fat at a faster speed, here are three ways to do that.
Eat spices and lots of spices: Someone has told you that consuming too many spices is bad for your health, so much so that you have virtually stopped consuming them. If this is you then keep in mind that such a measure isn’t going to help you lose anyway.
The fact remains that spices, especially chilies, garlic, etc., are good metabolism boosters and therefore you should have more of them in every meal you consume. Of course you should use as little oil as possible while cooking and try to stick to olive or canola oil since they are low on fat.
Eat small meals and often: Another food habit you need to develop is that of eating often in small quantities. Now, you might say that you are too short on time to afford frequent eating. Trust me, each one of us gets no more than 24 hours from a day, and if you want to acquire and maintain a slim body like your friend, you need to eat small because it is one of the best and easiest ways to control your body’s energy production level.
If your body doesn’t receive excess food at any time, there is no question of it ever depositing extra calories as fat.
Be active Always: Your friend might have been able to maintain a slim body even by leading a sedentary and easy life, but perhaps you are not so lucky, which is why you ended up with a fat belly by following that same lifestyle. Therefore, if you wish to get rid of your fat belly and flabby arms, leading an active lifestyle is a MUST.
Besides controlling your food intake, working out either in the gym or at home would boost your metabolic rate manifold, thereby ridding you of this annoying fat belly very quickly. Do you know that workouts help you build lean muscles, and that muscles burn more calories than fat? Researchers have claimed that for every pound of muscle you gain, your body burns 50 more calories than it does for an equivalent amount of fat.