Extra ways to help burn fat

Summer is just around the corner which means we are all thinking about donning the swimwear and summer clothing and heading out. While this might be great in theory for many of us that little bit of winter weight is still there and we need to burn fat in order to get back to our usual shape. For a select few they just eat healthily for a week or two and they burn fat to get their shape back. For the rest of us it is a little harder, not only do we have to eat healthily we need to exercise regularly to burn fat and return to our shape.

There is the key, regular exercise when you are try to burn fat. Unfortunately a few gym trips a monthly simply doesn't do it. Luckily regular exercise doesn't mean hitting the gym for two hour sessions each day, you can burn fat simply by taking a quick walk each day or incorporating exercise in to every day activities, try parking at the end of the car park next time you go shopping and doing an extra lap of the shop. All this helps to burn fat.

If you are wanting to hit the gym there are a number of exercises that can help you to burn fat. Lifting weights may not be everyone's idea of fun but it can help to burn fat cells and keep you slim. Lifting weights can help burn fat as it helps preserve muscle mass, if you diet without exercising to lose weight you are at risk of losing your muscles as well as fat. This is not what you need as muscles help in the processes to burn fat. Doing exercise and lifting weights also helps with body toning and keeping your metabolism going. If you just diet to burn fat you could lower your metabolism by 20%, lifting weights can keep the level of metabolism up and help to burn fat faster.

Having a normal body fat percentage is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A high percentage of body fat means you are of low fitness and increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, having too little body fat carries similar health risk. Because of the prevalence of obesity, many people are concerned about their appearance and body fat percentage. Some wonder if they have a normal or ideal body fat percentage. You can calculate your body fat percentage here. Knowing the average body fat percentage can give you a good overview of your health.

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