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Weight Loss Tips
by Justin Leonard
Written on October 29, 2000

What is the best way to burn fat? The fat burning process can be very simple as long as the proper dieting and training techniques are applied. Keep in mind, everyone has a different body type. Techniques or methods that work for others may not work for you. This next segment will briefly describe some of the insider tips needed to begin the fat burning process.

The first and best way to burn fat is to modify your current diet. There are three simple ways you can begin to modify: reduce calories, reduce sodium, and reduce fat. For example, by substituting a glass of water for a carbonated beverage, you can cut approximately 150 calories or more, depending on how much is consumed. Even if it were fruit juice instead of water, you would still reduce calories by approximately 50 - 100. You could also use a meal replacement drink or a weight loss supplement to help cut calories and burn fat.

Excess sodium and sodium seasonings combined with fat can cause water retention. For males, it is most noticeable in the abdominal area. The thighs, hips, and buttocks are affected on females. But what causes these unwanted gains in weight and bodyfat? There are three possible reasons this can happen: (1) Eat late at night (2) Exceed your normal caloric intake (3) Lack of exercise or physical activity. 

Bottom line: If you break one of these rules, you will store body fat. The body's metabolism basically goes into shutdown mode when you become inactive. This inactivity causes calories to build up and ultimately produce excess and unwanted bodyfat. When calories exceed normal levels, the "unused" surplus becomes bodyfat. Lack of exercise limits metabolism speed. The metabolism must reach a certain speed in order to burn fat. 

What is the best way to speed up the metabolism? The best way to speed up your metabolism is through cardiovascular (using the heart) exercise. Weight training is perfectly fine, but isn't needed to burn fat. It is best to do cardio with little (or nothing in some cases) in the stomach. Here's why:

Overnight during sleep, calories (mostly complex carbohydrates) are burned slowly. By morning, blood sugar and carb levels low. This empty stomach training forces the body to look for an alternate energy source. If carbs and blood sugar levels are low, the body moves to its alternate source of energy which is fat. 

The second best way to speed up the metabolism is by increasing meal frequency. Instead of eating 2 - 3 meals per day, try eating 4 - 5 small meals per day, or 3 meals and 2 healthy snack meals. Food substitutions can help tremendously when trying to reduce calories and speed up the metabolism.

Below is a list of sample ideas for substituting. The following examples can cut daily caloric intake in half in some cases. The whole idea behind food substitutions is to enjoy what you like to eat, only in a healthier (fat burning) way.

Preferred Choice Better Choice Calories Reduced
Bagel English Muffin up to 40
Candy Bar Twinkie up to 80
Margarine Real Butter up to 60 (tablespoon)
2 Slices Pizza 6" Sub Sandwich up to 160
Fried Chicken Grilled/Baked Chicken up to 80
Peanuts Light Popcorn up to 80

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