Have you ever been walking through a pitch-black maze with your hands as your only helpers?
The process is slow because well, you can’t see where you’re going…
And because you can’t see where you’re going, sometimes you get turned around…
On the very worst of days, you find yourself right back at the beginning of the maze when you thought you had successfully reached the end.
Can I ask you an honest question?
Doesn’t burning fat feel like that pitch-black maze sometimes?
Like on a day-to-day basis you could either be making great progress or you could be going backward?
And you’re not exactly sure which way you’re headed?
Well, I want to tell you that I know that feeling.
There have been many of moments on my health journey when I felt like I biffed my head against an unseen wall.
But I don’t want you to feel that way in your fat loss journey…
I want you to be confident in the direction you’re going…
And today I’m going to give you a 24-hour fat burning routine so that you know you’re on the path to your healthiest you, each and every day.
Down a cold glass of water: One of the first things I recommend you do in the morning is down a nice, cold glass of water…
Because starting your day off with a cold glass of water will boost your metabolism by 24% until your body brings the cold water down to your core temperature.
This process usually lasts a good 90-minutes…
So simply by drinking a cold glass of water you jump start your metabolism, and your body begins the process of burning fat…
Which ensures that you start your day off on the right foot...
Workout while fasted: Working out in a fasted state (abstaining from food) is the best way to workout when you’re looking to burn fat.
In fact, you’ll burn 20% more fat in a fasted state because your blood sugar levels are low enough to the point where your body burns fat rather than stored sugars.
To increase the fat burning process, I would even recommend enjoying a cup of pre-workout tea such as Green tea or Oolong tea.
Both the caffeine and the antioxidants in the tea will improve fat burning during your workout and even throughout the day.
Also, the workout itself is obviously going to help you burn fat…
I know that’s obvious, but I just wanted to remind you that working out while fasting, and even after a cup of tea is really a two-for-one fat burner.
At this point in your day, you’ve already made effective fat burning choices that will extend into the afternoon...
Protein-packed breakfast: Make sure your breakfast is packed with plenty of protein.
Protein is a natural metabolism booster because your body works harder to break down protein in your body than it does carbohydrates food sources.
Protein also keeps you full for a longer period of time than say, a carbohydrate source would.
So for your post-workout meal, don’t just go for the couple pieces of fruit…
Instead, have an egg or two and a small cup of oatmeal.
That way you’ll have protein, a good source of carbohydrates and even some fat and fiber to keep you full longer, but also nourished post-workout.
Eat a big lunch: Lunch is a great time to eat a rather large meal.
According to a study done by the International Journal of Obesity, those who eat a big lunch dropped an average of 11% of their body weight when on a calorie restricted diet, than those that ate their biggest meal for dinner…
But again, you want your meal to be high in protein and fats and moderate in carbohydrates.
This will keep you fuller for longer periods of time, and will help to decrease cravings throughout the late afternoon and early evening portions of the day.
One study, conducted by the Journal of Nutrition, noted that subjects who took a probiotic for 12 weeks noticed a 4.6% reduction in abdominal fat over the course of the study.
Probiotics fill your stomach with good gut bacteria, which helps to keep your digestive system on the right track throughout the day.
A probiotic a day will help to keep your gut clear so that you don’t run the risk of storing toxins that are deterrent to your fat loss goals.
At this point in your day, you’ve done plenty of intentional fat burning activity. You’ve also made good choices in regards to the type of foods you eat and for keeping your digestive system healthy. All of these are contributors to fat loss. And you’re moving right along.
More Tea: Tea is both enjoyable and full of fat-burning energy for you…
Have another cup of green tea or Oolong tea to keep your metabolism boosted for the last few hours before bed.
Not only does tea help to suppress your appetite, but also, because of its caffeine content, it burns fat.
Tea is also an antioxidant that’ll keep your body from storing unwanted toxins so that you’ll look and feel great.
Early Dinner: Try to have dinner as early as you can in so that you can have your first meal the next day after being somewhere between 14-16 hours fasted.
Again, you want to have a protein packed meal because protein intake raises your metabolism so that you’ll burn fat for the rest of the night and even while you sleep.
Try to clock your last meal in at around 7pm at the latest for the best fat burning results.
Sleep: Good sleep is necessary for your body to function properly.
Without a good night of sleep you’ll put your body at a disadvantage when it comes to burning fat (and every other function, really).
Try not to hang out on your phone close to bedtime…
Shut off the television…
I recommend reading a good book, spending time counting your blessings, or journaling.
All of these will help you to hit the pillow with positive thoughts and a relaxed mind, which will as a result improve your sleep and your fat burning functions as well.
So there you have it!
Follow these steps every day and you won’t have to wonder if you’re lost in a maze somewhere on your fat loss journey…
Instead, you’ll have the comfort and delight in knowing that you’re on the right path and that you’ll reach your goal, without question.
Be confident in the direction you’re going and live out your life as the most confident you!