There are a number of facts that can help with the fat-loss process.
1. Practice good posture
Forget the traditional stomach in, shoulders back admonition.
Even the U.S. Military Academy at West Point abandoned this so-called brace position in 1968 after an Army study revealed it can cause a variety of problems.
The best posture resembles a marionette with a string attached to the top of the head. Imagine being tugged gently upward by the string. In other words, try to keep the top of your head on the ceiling. Automatically this straightens out the spine and tightens the abdominal muscles. Practice sitting tall, standing tall, and walking tall.
2. Join a support group
Try finding someone to go through the fat loss program with you will be a big help. You can also join a support group.
3. Try to sleep cool
Your body will burn significantly more calories each night if you sleep slightly cool. Most women bury themselves under too many covers when they sleep. This prevents their normal thermostat from kicking in and supplying natural body heat. If you tend to sleep with too many covers, try to eliminate one or two. Try to wean yourself from using an electric blanket and flannel sheets during the winter months, and during the summer, try only a single sheet on top of you. Soon you’ll be burning several hundred more calories each night and forcing your thermostat to work harder.
4. Avoid sauna, steam, and whirlpool baths
Sauna, steam, and whirlpool baths heat the skin and cause profuse sweating, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration does not contribute to fat loss or fitness. Infact, dehydration can actually cause your body to preserve fat. Stay clear of products that cause excessive sweating.
5. Keep the scale in proper perspective
The scale can be a friend or foe. Obsession with the numbers can be self-defeating, since progress is often slow. It’s probably demanding too much to ask you not to weigh yourself for two weeks, but if you can, do it. Realistically, however, try to weigh yourself no more than once a week.
6. Use color wisely
Intense colors can stimulate your appetite. Don’t use place settings or tablecloths of warm red, bright yellow, lime green, or orange. Even worse may be the red-and-white checkered tablecloths you often see in pizza parlors. You’ll eat less on white or pastel and tablecloths.
7. Cut back on your evening TV
Watching television can hypnotize you to the point where you snack and don’t realize how much you’ve eaten. Make it a personal rule never to eat while watching TV. Drinking water, getting outside for a walk, and going to bed an hour earlier will help you break the evening TV habit.
8. Begin a household project
To take your mind off food and keep your fingers busy, start a major project around the house. How about wall-papering the kitchen, refinishing a table, or needle pointing a pillow? Any number of other undertakings would be just as good. Get involved and your tummy tightening progress will soar.
9. Visualize your future figure
Close your eyes and visualize the body you’d like to have. Allow your imagination a free reign. Practice this mind exercise twice a day as a motivating reminder of why you are struggling to change your eating and exercising.
10. Be assertive
A leaner and stronger body automatically makes you more assertive. Practice saying No! when people offer you certain foods. Practice saying Yes! to things that are beneficial to your health. Soon you’ll be in control-in complete control of your life.
Eating high calorie foods, coupled with sedentary lifestyle is the reason behind the struggle with fat that many women have. Focus your effort on building lean body mass.