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Living Lean: Easy Lifestyle Tweaks to Burn More Fat, Part III

IFBB Pro Noora Kuusivuori shares 12 easy fat-boosting strategies to add to your daily routine.

By now, you’ve probably started to see results using the fat-loss tips I shared in the first two articles of this four-part series. While you may not have implemented each and every tip, incorporating even just a few of them into your daily regime will keep you on the right course to reaching your fat-loss goals. To boost your fat-burn big time without much extra effort, try some of these additional tips.

Exercise Before Breakfast
Exercising straight from bed in the morning keeps you consistent and allows you to get up and get moving before you're overwhelmed by the day's tasks. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning. It'll help jumpstart your metabolic rate and keep your appetite in check.

Have High Fiber Carbohydrates at Breakfast
High fiber carbohydrates are a perfect way to harness energy to begin your day while keeping blood sugar stable throughout the morning. Oatmeal, quinoa, and buckwheat are all great choices for a morning meal. A cinnamon roll or a doughnut might taste good but will only spike your blood sugar before an inevitable crash.

Sprinkle on the Cayenne Pepper
Your spice pantry can help you with your weight-loss efforts. Cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which will help elevate your metabolic rate for a few hours after consumption. Add it whenever you can to your meals.

Sprinkle Walnuts On Your Salad
Sometimes adding to your meal actually helps promote weight loss. Walnuts are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. They'll help fill you up and keep hunger for sweeter things at bay.

Track Your Food Intake
Keeping tabs on what you eat takes the guesswork out of fat loss. Start tracking and measuring out your meals and you'll fare far better. Consider investing in a food scale and make sure measuring spoons and cups are a part of your essential kitchen appliances. A little portion awareness can help you jumpstart your results.

Never Shop for Groceries Hungry
Grocery shopping hungry is like walking through Krispy Creme when you haven't eaten in hours. Everything will seem delicious! You're basically setting yourself up to pounce on the doughnuts. Help yourself by making a concentrated effort to only buy food on a full stomach. Once in the store, shop only the perimeter of the supermarket where fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy are stored. This will help keep your focus on real food as opposed to processed junk.

Drop Sugary Drinks
Water should be your main source of liquids. Sugary beverages will crush your fat-loss goals. The extra calories and skyrocketing sugar content are a fast track to weight gain. Consume a couple of cans of soda a day and you can rest assured that your calorie intake will be higher than it should. Sugar also spikes your insulin, which stops your body's use of fat for fuel.

Make Snacking Simple
To help promote healthy choices, keep some chopped fresh veggies in your fridge at all times. Pair sliced carrots, celery, and peppers with healthy dips such as a salsa and Greek yogurt combo. Raw vegetables are nutrient-dense but low on total calories.

Slow Down at Meal Time
Put your fork down between bites. Speed eating isn't wise when fat loss is your goal. No matter how busy you are, take time to eat slowly and chew between bites. This way, your brain can register you're full before you pack in an unnecessary second or third serving.

Sit Down To Eat
We live in a grab-and-go culture, which makes unconscious eating or eating without thinking a common challenge. Break the cycle of mindless munching by forcing yourself to sit down for meals. That way, you won't do any stroll-by snacking when you shouldn't.

Stick to Single Ingredient Foods
As a simple guiding rule to boost weight loss, make an effort to consume only single ingredient or whole foods. These foods will be in their most natural state and won't have artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. They'll be able to best control your hunger, and be more likely to provide the nourishment you need.

Turn Off Distractions While Eating
If you eat while watching TV, reading a magazine, or browsing the web, stop. Eating while distracted can reduce the feelings of satiety you get from foods and can lead to overeating as well. Focus on your meal. Think about the smell, taste, and texture so you feel more satisfied at all times.

Stay tuned for the last of this part-four series!

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