November, 2010

The Crazy Ways Omega 3′s Burn Belly Fat

The Crazy Ways Omega 3′s Burn Belly Fat

There are tons of way to burn belly fat and I wanted to write a quick note on a subject that it seems to me many people are confused about.

First of all, can we just say a big “thank you!” to Omega 3’s for being good for us. We can remember when “fat” equaled “bad” in every instance, and we are so glad those days are gone! The discovery of these amazing fatty acids have not only let us enjoy some (okay, a select few) fats guilt-free, but we actually will be healthier the more we get of them! The more we discover about Omega-3′s, the more we find out how truly incredible they are at helping us to lose belly fat.

Omega-3′s, since their discovery, have been known to help in the prevention of heart disease, as well as boosting HDL, the “good” cholesterol, and lowering LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. However, that is only the tip of a very large iceberg! Turns out, oil from that salmon or that walnut also helps maintain healthy blood pressure, reduce joint pain, ease migraines, reduce inflammation, and can help reduce the symptoms of a number of mental illnesses.

While there are a number of ongoing studies to determine the extent of these benefits and uncover new advantages to enjoying a diet rich in these positive fats, many researchers feel that they are just on the edge of discovering more benefits in terms of disease cures and preventions for a range of conditions, particularly those that affect people as they age. Starting now with a flat stomach diet laden with Omega 3s can never hurt, and might actually do you some favors down the road.

Omega-3 is true brain food—it boosts brain functions and helps prevent memory loss, as well as reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. It also helps balance out some of the problems that can be caused by an over-abundance of Omega-6 acids—fatty acids we need but tend to get too much of. Omega-6 acids are found in yummy, saturated fats, which, unfortunately, are not our friends. Omega-3′s, however, care about our well-being and can help reduce some of the damage done by those evil, gravy-covered enemies.

Now, unfortunately, even though our body needs these fatty acids, it is incapable of making them on its own. The good news is that they are not hard to get. If you happen to be a whale, you’re in luck! Krill is very rich in Omega-3′s; however, if you’re not a sea mammal, you can still add these important nutrients to your diet pretty easily.

Although there are a number of Omega 3 supplements available on the market, there are also plenty of healthy places to get them in the fresh sections of your grocery store. If you can remember to eat plenty of salmon and tuna, and add walnut, pumpkin, or flaxseed oils to your diet as well, as these are also loaded with this amazing stuff. Furthermore, these are all foods that pack other nutritional punches as all are natural and loaded with vitamins, minerals and valuable antioxidants.

Every time you shop, look for Omega 3’s and load up on them. They are one of the quickest ways to lose weight and you’ll thank me.

Chris York
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – Motivate Fitness “Lean 4 Ever”

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3 Weird Ways To Increase Your Metabolism For Fat Loss

3 Weird Ways To Increase Your Metabolism For Fat Loss

Quite simply stated, the key to your ability to burn belly fat and lose weight lies in your ability to increase your metabolism. While many people think they are stuck with the metabolism they were born with, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Exploring ways to supercharge your metabolism is an important key and is mentioned emphatically in my Lean 4 Ever eBook.

Metabolic rates can be altered, sometimes drastically by having an appropriate fitness regime, proper diet, adequate rest and a host of other factors. Luckily, almost anything you would do to raise your resting metabolic rate will also contribute to your status as a healthy human being.

In other words, concentrating on your metabolism gives you the double-punch benefits of healthy living and fat loss; it’s just a matter of getting started with basic steps to supercharge your current metabolic rate so you can burn calories with less effort as your body tries to keep up with itself.

1. Spread out your calories! When you eat, your body’s metabolism speeds up as it uses energy to digest. If you only eat three times a day, your metabolism has a lot of time in between meals to slow down. That is why the “six small meals a day” works so well for so many people trying to lose belly fat. Your metabolism is like a motor—it needs to keep running if you want your body to work! It is much, much better to eat small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day than to eat three large meals that can weigh you down.

2. Drink water! Again with the water, you say? Yes, but this time, make sure it’s ice cold! When you drink icy water, your body has to work that much harder to warm it up to your natural body temperature. Some studies have shown that your metabolism goes up by as much as 30% after drinking cold water! So, water not only helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism by the simple act of drinking it, but if you drink it when it’s really cold, it works twice as hard! There—now you have another reason to add to your list of “Why I Really Am Going to Start Drinking More Water.”

3. Do your workout in the morning! This really makes a huge difference because, after having everything working very slowly during sleep, this will kick-start your metabolism back into high gear and help keep it that way for the rest of the day. Morning workouts are shown to be the most effective for weight loss, and once your metabolism is raised in the morning it stays high the rest of the day, helping you burn more calories. It’s also simple math—you have more time to keep a high metabolism up if you jumpstart it in the morning rather than raising it in the evening and then lowering it by going to bed soon after.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to burning belly fat!

Chris York
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – Motivate Fitness “Lean 4 Ever”

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Is Stress Making You Gain Weight?

Is Stress Making You Gain Weight?

Stress can do alot of negative things to our bodies and YES weight gain is one of them.

Stress has been linked to just about every non-genetic ailment on the planet as research continues to reveal links between chronic stress, which amounts to your body being on “high alert” constantly and health problems. While excessive body fat is one of the less malignant items on that long list of woes brought about by consistent stress, it is certainly not something that should be addressed lightly. Body fat and stress, coupled together, complicate existing problems and double on one another to worsen each other—a powerful, problematic combination.

It’s kind of like the old chicken and egg riddle—which came first? With stress and body fat, it can be hard to tell, as each seems so intertwined with the other. We have heard that stress can lead to heart attacks, and we know that being overweight can do the same thing. Being overweight is stressful, both physically and mentally. So what is the connection? And how in the world do we lower our stress and fight belly fat when we live in such a stressed-out society?

The connection lies in two main areas—cortisol levels and stress-eating. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when we experience stress. It is part of the “fight or flight” reaction that the body has when faced with a stressful situation. The problem is, most of the situations we face that are stressful do not actually require us to fight or to fly—well, okay, maybe that’s a good thing—but the cortisol that has been released has caused our sugar levels to go up and that sugar has nowhere to go. If we were fighting or running for our lives we would be using those sugars for energy, but since we’re not, the sugars just settle in around our waistline for a long winter’s nap.

The other, and possibly most common, problem with stress is that it can cause many of us to overeat making it impossible to lose belly fat. And not just overeat, but overeat things that are particularly bad for us—things like cookies, pasta, cake, and hamburgers. When we are stressed, we want comfort, and salty, sweet, fatty foods tend to be very comforting to most of us. They give us a temporary feeling of relaxation and happiness because of the rush of sugar and fat. Then, of course, the relaxation and happiness turns to despair and more stress because we know we shouldn’t have eaten what we did and now we are just going to get fatter and consequently look for a way to burn belly fat!

Knowing how the body perceives stress and how easily cortisol levels can have an impact on your body fat levels is actually a first step toward correcting the problem in itself. It allows us to identify and then change behavior. In addition to setting yourself up for potential long-term health complications due to prolonged periods of stress, you might be altering your body fat levels accordingly—again, making for a doubly-negative result.

My recommendation to you would be to try and rid yourself of excess stress. Everybody has a release and I’ve found for most people, it’s joining a fitness program or performing a physical activity. For me it is doing a hard workout or playing hockey. It helps me get my mind off of other things in my life and lowers my stress significantly. What does it for you?"fight belly fat"

Chris York
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Author – Motivate Fitness “Lean 4 Ever”

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