9 LAZY WEIGHT LOSS HACKS THAT WORK!
Busy girl's guide to losing fat fast
Trainer Nisha Obaidullah is a published author, leading female fitness entrepreneur and the creator and owner of Pilates Fusion Bootcamp, The Abs Project and Nisha's Fat Loss for Fitpros. Basically she knows A LOT about getting fit. Here are her top tips for torching stubborn fat when time isn't on your side.
Sleep more to shift belly fat
Nisha says: "Sleep deprivation has a massive impact on fat loss. Lack of sleep, high stress and a toxic diet will pack on fat around the belly. The best and most effective way to manage this is to be in bed by 10pm six nights of the week for optimal hormone balance. If that's a struggle, there are other things you can do that will help.
"Drink licorice and cinnamon tea in the morning and tulsi tea in the afternoon to help regulate your cortisol levels – it's a stress hormone that tells your body to hold onto fat.
"Also try taking magnesium supplementation with zinc one hour before bed and make sure your supplements are 'chelated' forms, they're known for being easier for your body to absorb."
Target-reduce fat spots
Nisha says: "Where fat sits on your body is controlled by your hormones. Belly fat is down to cortisol (stress hormone), lower body fat on your thighs and bum is an over-dominance of oestrogen and love handle fat shows insulin resistance.
"Your first priority (and this goes for all fat loss issues) is to remove all toxins from your diet.
"The body holds excess fat to protect you from harmful toxins in your system so if you eliminate toxins the fat has no reason to hang around. All food should be from natural sources, or things you could get if you lived in the wild. That includes fresh fruit and veg, clean (preferably organic) meat, fish, poultry and eggs and some whole grains, like brown rice."
Do short, SWEATY exercise sessions
Nisha says: "Keep your workouts short and super intense to get rid of fat. I would focus on doing three weight-lifting sessions a week with time-based workouts where you do movements that use as many muscles as possible, like squats, deadlifts, rows, and push-ups.
"For example, do a minute of each of these moves three times for one workout. It's totally possible to get a super intense workout in less than 12 minutes.
"Any additional workout sessions would be oxygenation (cardio) type stuff, like a 25-minute walk or cycling outside in the fresh air."
Hit the weights
Nisha says: "Cardio is brilliant for making your heart fitter but rubbish for fat loss because it causes your body to lose lean muscle. The problem with that is lean muscle is the ONLY substance in the body that burns fat, even when you're not exercising. So effectively every time you cycle you are reducing your body's fat burning tissue.
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