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13 April 2011

4 ways to burn fat

Got saddle bags or a flabby tummy? Those bulging bits are signs that excess body fat has been distributed to specific areas of your body. Here's a four-step plan to a trimmer you.

Right, so you've got saddle bags and a flabby tummy. Those bulging bits are signs that excess body fat has been distributed to specific areas of your body.

1. Focus on cardio training
Experts agree that regular physical activity will help you lose weight and keep it off. It may also improve your energy levels and mood, and may even lower your risk for developing chronic diseases of lifestyle such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

  • Enjoy a variety of foods
  • Drink lots of water
  • Make starchy foods the basis of most meals (opt for wholegrain and low-GI options where you can)
  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every day (aim for at least five portions a day)
  • Eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soy regularly
  • Chicken, fish, meat, milk or eggs can be eaten daily (go for lean cuts whenever possible)
  • Eat fats sparingly (always choose healthy fats such as canola, olive and avocado oil)
  • Use salt sparingly
  • Use food and drinks containing sugar sparingly and not between meals
  • If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly (one drink for women and two drinks for men per day is currently recommended)

 
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