The quick-stepping secret to dropping 10 pounds and flattening your belly in just three weeks.
When you want to shed serious weight, walking might not even come to mind. But it should.
“Fast-paced walking, when combined with healthy eating, is hugely effective for weight loss,” says Art Weltman, PhD, director of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia. And those simple steps can have a big impact on your overall health, cutting your risk of everything from heart disease to depression. If your daily strolls haven’t made you skinny so far, your speed may be the problem. Many of us stride more like a window-shopper than a power walker. The goalthankfullyisn’t crazy race-walker style; you just need to move at a challenging pace.
In studies, Weltman has found that women who do three short (about 30-minute) high-intensity walks plus two moderately paced recovery walks a week lose up to six times more abdominal fat than participants who simply stroll five days a week. (This despite the fact that both groups burn the exact same number of calories.)
The power walkers also drop about four times as much total body fat. “There is a strong relationship between intensity of exercise and fat-burning hormones,” says Weltman. “So if you’re exercising at a pace considered to be hard, you’re likely to release more of these hormones.” The best part: When women walk, deep abdominal fat is the first to go. That’s a scientific fact we can get excited about.Read More →
If you want to indulge during the dog days of summer, or the winter holidays, that’s okay. You can get back on track and strip away those extra pounds with this easy-to-follow meal plan. And if you’re trying not to fall off the bandwagon, heed to the meal plan to stave off unwanted weight.
With an effective combo of high-fiber and protein, this 4-week meal plan will help you lose fat, boost your metabolism, and set you up to build muscle—without all the annoying hunger and cravings that tend to accompany a calorie cutback.Read More →
Detox tea has been getting a lot of publicity lately thanks to the slew of celebrities attributing their weight loss success to natural detox drinks.
Some alternative medicine practitioners believe these detox teas nourish the liver, an organ that aids in the elimination of toxins from your body.
Many people like to work it into their current diet, others use it in conjunction with a detox plan. A brave few do a full detox cleanse and drink only the tea, some for a single day and others a full week.Read More →