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Eating to Burn Fat

People go on diets and restrict their calorie intake to extreme levels assuming that they are going to lose their desired weight and achieve dramatical results with their figure. This belief is false. Diets don’t work, neither does starvation and deprivation of any food group. Protein, carbohydrates, fat and vitamins and minerals are all important for an efficient fat burning process.

Our bodies work like a car engine. It needs fuel to keep going the distance. Our bodies require the same. When we starve our body, it stops performing. Our metabolism slows and the body stops burning fat. Instead it holds on to as much as possible in order to sustain it’s ability to survive because it’s under the assumption that it’s going into starvation mode.

Food is important for the healthy functioning of the mind and body. The key to burning fat is to eat. That’s right. Eat food. The key is not to eat any food, but eat the right stuff that will help you burn fat and achieve the desired results.

The type of food that helps burn fat is the stuff that is full of nutritions calories, not the empty ones. Things like lean fish, meat and chicken which has lots of protein for muscle repair and building is fantastic for helping with fat burning. Most people who exercise regularly should have about 1g of protein per kilogram of body weight. Try to include a piece of grilled chicken with your salad at lunchtime, and have a piece of steamed fish for dinner. Throughout the day good sources of protein include natural yoghurt, egg whites and almonds.

Cutting out food groups is not good as many diets suggest you do when you’re trying to lose weight. Carbohydrates are an important component of your diet and you should include a portion with your main meals. The key is to add the right carbohydrates that come from whole grains. Brown rice, buckwheat, wholegrain noodles, natural oats, and rye bread are ideal options for fat burning.

Fat should not be completely cut out of a diet in order to burn fat. Our bodies require that they receive about 20% fat from the daily diet. That doesn’t mean you should snack on chocolate or laden your bread with butter, or eat deep fried chips. Go for good sources of fat like wild salmon, olive oil, avocado and nuts.

If you want to burn extra fat try to eat 6 mini meals throughout the day instead of two or three big ones. The more often you eat the faster your metabolism will be. Find out how much calories your body needs and don’t drop to far below that amount. Eating less than about 1200-1400 calories per day can actually stop your body from burning fat. So eat up the right kind of food in the right portions in order to burn fat.