Refined carbs have been stripped of their bran and germ, resulting in a product that’s low in fibre and nutrients and has a higher glycaemic index, which causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. Replace refined carbs with whole grains like whole wheat, quinoa, buckwheat, barley and oats.
INCREASE YOUR FIBRE
Consuming foods rich in soluble fibre can help reduce fat as it’s a powerful appetite suppressant. Soluble fibre helps keep gut bacteria healthy while promoting overall fat loss through a slow release of glucose, making us feel fuller for longer. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are all high in soluble fibre and can be easily added to your diet to boost fat burning and weight loss.
LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Alcohol is essentially empty calories as it contains little to no nutrients. While on a night out, it can be easy to consume a few hundred extra calories – and that’s without considering mixers. When we consume alcohol, our body burns it as a fuel source before anything else. With alcohol as the primary source of energy, the excess glucose and lipids end up as adipose tissue or fat. Alcohol can also negatively impact your sleep, digestion and nutrient uptake. It also affects our judgement calls… especially when it comes to food (late night Maccas run, or kebab stop anyone?).
There is no ‘magic’ way or quick fix to burning fat. It’s a series of conscious lifestyle choices that are going to give you positive, sustainable results. In the meantime, each purposeful choice you make will contribute to a healthier, happier life because it’s not just about looking good but feeling good too.
We know that our health and fitness goals don’t miraculously manifest overnight, and it can be an uphill slog at times (especially shifting that cheeky last bit of weight). Be patient and intentional with each and every 24 hours that you have, and the transformation will come.
Stay true and keep working hard.