On the one hand we are faced with a constant stream of pictures of thin celebrities, raving about this diet and that diet, macrobiotic this and gluten-free that.
Then on the other hand, supermarkets and food marketing campaigns swamp us with ready meals, processed foods, cheap deals, easy food on the go and fast food chains that seem to run the world.
It’s all about finding a healthy balance.
The bottom line is; being very overweight is unhealthy. That is a fact. It will lead to numerous health problems, ranging from heart, liver and kidney disease, as well as most forms of cancer and countless other ailments.
If you find yourself with excess fat that you feel you should lose, then do it.
Here are some tried and tested ways to burn fat:
Your diet must consist of a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Of course there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are the fats you find in nuts, avocados and oily fish. Include one of these in your everyday diet and cut out any bad fats from processed foods such as sugary foods, crisps, etc
Switch your coffee or tea for green tea: green tea is renowned for its antioxidant agents and ability to reduce cholesterol absorption.
Do not skip meals. Skipping meals will slow down your metabolism and you end up bingeing on unhealthy processed foods due to hunger pangs, which is then in turn stored as fat. Eat little and often to keep a healthy metabolic rate.
In order to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight at a healthy level, regular exercise as well as a healthy diet is essential.
But cardiovascular exercise alone won’t go far towards burning fat. It will keep your heart health, but the body adapts very quickly to exercise, so if you do the same cardio workouts all the time, your body will not reap as many benefits.
Mix up your workout! Combine cardio with strength training (lifting weights) at all times.
Weight training will build muscle, which in turn then makes you burn fat: for every pound of muscle you gain, you body burns an extra 50 calories every day.
Regular resistance training also speeds up your metabolic rate by 15%, potentially burning an extra 300 calories a day.
High intensity interval training has also been proven to be more beneficial than an hour long session on the treadmill at the same speed.
Run at high speed for 1 minute, walk for 20 seconds and repeat.
Weight loss aids such as fat burners and carb blockers have been known to be an effective accompaniment to your weight loss regime, though it’s best to choose products with all natural ingredients.
These are straightforward tips that will see you on the road to a healthy body, with much less fat to carry around.
Do you have any other useful fat burning tips?
Gavin Harvey is a health and fitness blogger with an interest personal training, travel and motorbikes. He writes for Futureshape