In many cases, despite your efforts to change your diet, there will still be pockets of fat in your body that remain stubborn. However, this does not mean that there is no way for you to burn the fat and achieve the body you want. Traditional methods that include reducing calorie intake and exercise have been proven successful, but here are also some new ideas that you can try out. These have also been tried and tested to work, so you know your efforts will not be in vain.
- Eat Healthy Fats
It might seem contradictory to increase fat intake in order to burn fat, but so long as you make the right choice, you will find yourself feeling fuller and losing weight in time. The main idea is that fat needs a lot of time to digest and will mean the stomach empties slower; thus, you feel less hungry.
Research has backed that a Mediterranean diet1 with lots of healthy fats like olive oil and nuts leads to less weight gain, even less than when you have a low-fat diet. While it is still important to remember that healthy fat still has lots of calories, you can use this tip to swap out the unhealthy fat in your diet and see some positive results.
- Add Some Vinegar
Beyond being good for your heart and blood sugar, vinegar may also be great in promoting fat loss. This has been proven in a study2 where participants who ate 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar reported weight loss, reduced belly fat, and smaller waist circumference after 12 weeks. Doing so will make you feel full and lose your appetite.
- Drink Coffee
Coffee addicts will be happy to know that their favourite drink can help with burning fat. This is the main reason why caffeine is a common ingredient in most fat-burning diet supplements. This ingredient stimulates the nervous system, increases one’s metabolism, and promotes fatty acid breakdown. However, in order to see its effects, it is important to avoid adding sugar and cream, though you can add some milk if necessary.
- Go For High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
While HIIT is not necessarily new, it is definitely the best way to exercise for weight loss these days. The truth is, not many people have an extra couple of hours to spend at the gym every day, but thanks to HIIT, you will only need to work out for 20 minutes around 3 times a week. These exercises will burn calories quickly so that you can see and feel the fruits of your hard work after some weeks.
- Try Out Intermittent Fasting
Great news for those who want to lose weight, because you would not have to diet the entire time. Try out intermittent fasting, where you alternate between normal eating and fasting. Studies have shown that in as short as 3 weeks, you can see a reduction in your body weight and fat.
Compared to the old weight loss techniques, these new strategies do not imply that you stay off any food you like the entire time or that you spend hours in the gym. In fact, as research proves more of these new ways, burning fat and losing weight are not only getting easier, but also fun.
1. Cristina-Mihaela Lăcătușu, Elena-Daniela Grigorescu, Mariana Floria, Alina Onofriescu, Bogdan-Mircea Mihai. The Mediterranean Diet: From an Environment-Driven Food Culture to an Emerging Medical Prescription. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Mar; 16(6): 942. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16060942
2. Tomoo Kondo, Mikiya Kishi, Takashi Fushimi, Shinobu Ugajin, Takayuki Kaga. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug;73(8):1837-43. doi: 10.1271/bbb.90231