We’ve all been guilty of skipping breakfast, eating only salad or sweating it out on the treadmill to lose weight. But if you want to get lean the healthy way, you’re probably doing it wrong. To help you get fit and burn fat, here are our top tips fresh from our new health and wellness program, KIC.
1. Introduce weights
For too long women have feared weights. So, it’s time we debunked the myth. Lifting weights will not make you bulky. In fact, lifting weights will help you burn more fat than cardio alone. Strength training increases lean muscle mass and has been proven to also increase your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout.
2. Say no to fat-free
Be careful. “Fat-free” or “low fat” may not be the healthy option. These products can be loaded with sugars and chemicals to replace the flavour. Also, fat is satiating! So when the fat is removed, you won’t feel full after eating, with these foods spiking your blood sugar which act as an appetite stimulant.
3. Curb your cravings with water and sleep
So, you’re eating clean but you can’t quite beat those cravings (it’s a hard one to beat in the beginning). It’s crucial you keep well hydrated - most of us do not drink enough water during the day, and dehydration is known to stimulate appetite. Also, sleep! The more tired we are, the hungrier we get - so get a solid 7-8 hours every night so you’re well rested.
4. Swap pasta for shredded zucchini.
Also known as zoodles, shredded zucchini (or carrots or sweet potato) makes a delicious and lower carb alternative to pasta every now and then (we still love regular pasta too!). Zoodles are also naturally gluten-free and just an awesome way to increase our veggie intake. Leading supermarkets now sell zoodles ready to go, so you don’t even need a spiraliser.
5. Stop counting calories
This may go against everything you’ve been taught, but it’s time to stop counting calories and count nutrients instead. If you eat fresh fruit and veg, lean meats and other nutrient-dense foods, you’ll be fuller for longer and will help maintain stable blood glucose levels.
Find out more about KIC here.