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Fat Loss Tips

Written by Mystic on Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tired of your chubbiness. Don't fret. Browse though our section of handy tips and attain that hour-glass like figure.

Lowering cholesterol
A rule of thumb for lowering cholesterol is to limit meats and dairy products. Food must be animal derived to have naturally occurring cholesterol. In other words, if it doesn't have a mother, it can't have cholesterol. Therefore, the potato chip can't have cholesterol; but it does have saturated fats, which increases the cholesterol in your bloodstream. These foods include whole milk, nuts, tropical oils and potato chips. In processed food there is a new kind of fat called trans fat. This fat occurs in foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil such as margarine.

Exercise and eating habits
Exercise is the key to keeping the fat you eat from forming love-handles at your waist. It has also been shown to be effective in keeping your arteries clean and healthy.

Although new studies are showing those short-duration exercises are beneficial, aerobic workouts lasting 20 minutes or longer are still best for fat burning. Well-conditioned athletes will need to workout longer, 35 minutes or more, to reap the fat-burning benefits.

Your eating habits also affect your fat storage. It is important to eat small, frequent meals. Going for long periods of time without food can cause your metabolism to slow down, and your ability to store fat increases. When you skip meals, your body has a tendency to store the next meal's calories as fat. Regular, small meals are used far more efficiently.
So to fight the war on fat you need to:

  • limit the saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat you consume;
  • keep total fat calories at less than 20 per cent;
  • keep total calories consumed in line with caloric expenditure;
  • eat small, frequent meals;
  • exercise regularly and include some type of aerobic activity.

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