As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been trying to make better use of the articles I read in inspiring magazines, such as Health, Women’s Health, SHAPE, etc. One way I am doing that is tearing out pages of recipes and workouts and keeping a “portfolio” to draw from when I need. Another way is that I am going to write down some of the helpful tips provided and make sure I am incorporating them into my lifestyle in some way.
In the most recent issue of Women’s Health, they published an article titled, “51 Fastest Fat Burners Ever!” They are short and palatable tips on how to speed up your metabolism and make the most of your time in the kitchen and at the gym. Some of them are not as useful as others (For example, one suggests listening to music when you work out. Duh.) but a lot of them are great! So I am going to be posting about some of them and how I already use them or how I plan to in the future. The two I am starting with are:
1. Catch the Running Bug: You’ll continue to burn fat after your jog: People who run for at least four hours a week melt more calories than non-runners, even when they’re not running, a Yale University School of Medicine study reports.
Four hours. For someone who balks at the treadmill and has only just begun trying to utilize it more – that sounds like a lot! I think I’ll start with two per week. Since I usually spend about 20-30 minutes on the treadmill per session … that means I am going to have to try to hop on the dreaded machine about 4-5 times a week! I didn’t get a great start this week, but starting tomorrow, I will be attempting to incorporate even more running into my schedule. I’ll let you know how that goes 😉 .
22. Get More Protein: Eating a protein-packed breakfast and lunch helps you burn more post-meal fat than if you eat lower-protein meals, according to Australian research.
This one is a little easier for me to swallow (
no pun intended!) Between all the Chobani I eat, the egg dishes for breakfast most mornings and my sushi fetish – protein is not generally something I am lacking. There’s always room for more (everyone thinks there’s more room for JELLO, but actually, the original jingle was about protein). One thing I will be doing to incorporate a bit more protein is purchasing some powder to stick in morning shakes, oatmeal, etc. The brand I have heard good things about is All the Whey, so I think I will give that a whirl. Because we don’t eat a ton of meat, we will have to get a bit more creative about adding protein. Usually we are pretty good, but I will make more of an effort for lunches!