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7 Fat Burning Tips to Sleek Summer Abs

After this last winter, hibernation was the activity choice of the day. Cold weather not only makes you want to hibernate, but crave warm, hearty, rich comfort foods. As we all know, hibernation = inactivity which means less calories burned, more weight and body fat gained.

Now that summer is finally here, it’s time to shed our winter clothes and those winter pounds.  With the warmer weather here, we’ve all come out of our “caves” and it’s time for us to get social again with friends and family.  Now comes the big uh oh revelation.  What am I a going to wear to the upcoming Pool Party without feeling self- conscious about the extra 10 pounds I put on over the last 6 month?  How can I possibly lose this extra flab around my gut in time?

Well, my friend, I’ve got the solution for you with these 7 simple fat burning tips that will have you wanting to show off your abs in time for your next pool, beach or lake party.  Follow these simple tips and watch the weight come off.

7 Fat Burning tips to Sleek Summer Abs

1. Move it to LOSE it.
If you’re not already following some sort of exercise program, now is the time to get a move on it and start losing it.  In order to get the scale moving down, instead of up, you’ve got to expend energy.  When you expend energy, you utilize calories.  Be consistent with your exercise.  Make an appointment with yourself to work out and schedule everything else around it.  Yes, it can be done!

2. Get off the hamster wheel.
The biggest mistake EVERYONE makes is that they focus on cardio.  Long, boring bouts of cardio is not going give you the shape you want.

3. Hit the iron
This applies to men and women and ladies, this doesn’t mean using the pink dumbbells either.  Muscle is what gives the body shape.   Hit the weights hard and aggressively.  I promise you won’t look like Mr. Olympia or Ms. Olympia.  Muscle is metabolic and burns fat.  Endless hours of boring cardio isn’t going to do that for you.

4. Feed the machine.
While eating lots of veggies is good for you, living off of “salads” (and I mean no disrespect to my Vegan friends out there) is not going to help you build lean muscle and burn body fat.  Not eating ENOUGH calories and not eating the RIGHT calories will actually make you fatter.  Eat a variety of foods that are nutrient rich.  Foods that are rich in nutrients tend to not be calorically dense.  Calorically dense foods usually have no nutritional value.  Ask yourself if that food choice is going to get you closer to or further away from your goals and don’t let your family and or friends sabotage your weight loss efforts (i.e. peer pressure)

5. Cut back on starchy carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and tropical fruits.  Focus on lean protein such as beef, fish, chicken, eggs (1 gram of protein per pound of body weight divided by 5 small meals per day), healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seed, olive oil), lots of green vegetables (spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, green beans), other veggies (red, green yellow peppers, tomato, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cucumber), fresh fruits (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, grapefruit, cherries),  eat dairy in moderation (plain Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese) and if at all possible, eat organically.

6. Avoid Drinking Empty Calories
Avoid beverages that are loaded with calories (lattes, sodas, juices), mixed drinks, regular beer, and focus on water, sparkling water, club soda, light beer, wine.

7. Hire a fitness professional.
Hiring a fitness professional who is well versed in fitness, nutrition and nutritional supplements can help you reach your goals safely, efficiently and quickly and you won’t be wasting time spinning your wheels going nowhere.  Hiring a fitness professional gives you an accountability partner as well.  You can work with one in person or on line.

Be sure to check out my ebook Transformation Over 40 for my diet and workout program!!!

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  1. 2 Comment(s)

  2. By Susan Greene | Reply

    Shari,

    Great post. Could you clarify one item for me? In #5 you first say to cut back on tropical fruits. But then toward the end you recommend eating fresh fruits. What’s correct?

    I’m asking because I do eat a lot of fruit, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

  3. By sharifitness | Reply

    Hi Susan
    You do need fresh fruit in your diet as they are a great source of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

    However, all fruits contain natural sugar (fructose)and some fruits are higher in sugar than others. If you’re trying to lose belly fat, you want to keep your intake of sugars as low as possible and bear in mind that many of the package foods you eat (and this includes protein shakes as well as protein bars, most yogurts, condiments, etc.) contain hidden sugars.

    Although they have wonderful enzymes, most tropical fruits such as bananas, pineapple, papaya, etc. are higher in sugar so I would advise you don’t eat a lot of these fruits and if you do, I would recommend you have them in the morning or post workout with some protein. For instance, I may enjoy some fresh pineapple once or twice a month after a hard workout with some protein.

    There are many non-tropical fruits that are lower in sugar, are great natural anti-oxidants, are full of vitamins, fiber and wonderful enzymes. Fruits that fall in this category would be fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries), apples, grapefruit and cherries. These are fruits I eat throughout the week.

    Other wonderful fruits you can enjoy when they are in season but are a bit higher in sugar (in the mid range) are oranges, peaches, plums, nectarines and melons and would not advise eating these on a daily basis, but maybe have 1 or 2 of these types of fruits 2-3 times a month.

    A Fresh Lime or Lemon is very low in sugar and a wedge is great in your water. Not only is refreshing, but it is also great for your digestive system.

    Hope this helps answer your question 🙂
    Shari

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