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How to Burn Fat Quickly and Efficiently

By Genevieve Cunningham

Burning fat feels good. When we finally see our weight drop or we go down a pant size, it can be really exciting. It's motivating to know that our hard work is paying off. But let's not kid ourselves; sometimes getting to that fat burning point is hard. It takes time and effort and consistency. Sticking with it can feel quite daunting. Luckily, there are ways to speed up the fat burn and get us moving in the right direction. If you're ready to burn fat as quickly and efficiently as possible, take a look at these tips to get you started now. 

Eat More Protein

Protein is a key ingredient for burning fat. This works for two reasons. First, protein can help speed up the metabolism, which means you start burning calories quickly. Second, protein helps build muscles, and muscles require more energy to function. Just going about your normal routines with more muscle mass will mean more calorie burn. You can get protein by eating foods such as eggs, meat, nuts, and dark leafy greens. Or you can purchase a protein powder that makes shakes or drinks for a quick and easy protein punch.

Lift Heavy Weights

Lifting heavy weights is not easy, but it's very important for burning calories. When we lift weights, we burn calories in the process. But because our muscles break down and grow back after we're finished with the lift, we also continue to burn calories after the workout is complete. If you're not comfortable lifting heavy, get a personal trainer or an experienced friend to guide you and help you prevent common pitfalls or major injury.

Try High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training -- otherwise known as HIIT -- is a specific kind of workout that focuses on long sessions of strength and cardio followed by small breaks in-between. You'll get your heart rate way up, rest for a short minute, and then get right back to it. It's hard. You'll sweat. You'll be sore. But it absolutely works. If you haven't given HIIT a try yet, you can find a good routine online or check out your local gym for a teacher-led class.

We all want to burn more calories. We want to build strong muscles and torch the fat from our bodies. Luckily, it's possible to do just that. Use these tips to help speed up the process, and you'll be proud of your body in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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