Holiday Cheat Sheet (Part 1)
Apply these fat-burning tricks before you head off to sunnier climes and you’ll find you’re travelling with less carry-on luggage.
Add vinegar to your meals
The stuff you usually souse your chips with reduces the accumulation of body fat and weight gain by 10%, according to research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It’s rich in acetic acid, which slims your waist by churning out the proteins involved in breaking down fats. Soak veggies in a diluted teaspoon before steaming, marinade meat in it before grilling, or make a dressing to pour over your meals.
Make sure your salads are better dressed
Eating salads can aid weight loss but your dressing the problem. can undo the good work. A mixture of honey, olive oil and low-salt soy sauce is the best combination according to research from the University of Illinois. The antioxidant-rich honey is a healthy alternative to the refined sweeteners in shop-bought dressings. Plus it stops the omega-3 rich oils from oxidising so they remain 100% effective for weight loss. Combine 1 part honey, 1 part soy and 2 parts olive oil.
Give yourself a rub-down
Research in the Iranian Journal of Health and Physical Activity found that massaging your gut for 15-20 minutes a day helps it lose significant amounts of fat. The action increases a process known as local metabolism and makes the fat biologically available for burning. You might get some odd looks if you try it in the changing rooms, so do it in the privacy of your own home.
Runny nose? Grab a tissue instead of a pill. A study in the journal Obesity found men who take antihistamines to combat hay fever are 55% more likely to be overweight during summer due to overeating. The researchers think suppressing histamine reduces fat metabolism and boosts appetite. So next time you’re sniffing, think of your abs when deciding how to tackle the problem.
Protein, full fat foods, omega 3 and low GI brekkie can help too!
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