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Thoughtful Thursday…3 steps to burn fat


Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. This GreenNote Fitness newsletter mindfully gathers and distills useful information that is supportive to our journey. It is my mission to educate, inspire, and propel you into action that moves you towards your goals and life of purpose. Take control of your journey today.

Almost every day and certainly every week I have a conversation around losing weight A.K.A. burning fat. The answers are not always what we want to hear, especially when we talk about nutrition and what needs to go into our consumption and what needs to be reduced or eliminated.

So today, I’m going to give you three palatable steps to burn fat. If three steps sounds like too much, well, I will tell you that the first step is optional.

Let’s burn some fat!

Step #1.) As promised, this first step is optional. That’s right, you don’t need to do this first step to burn fat but as you will learn it would really help. This step would be done before Step #2.). Consume a cup of coffee or green tea with nothing added to it - no cream or sugar or artificial sweeteners (you aren’t ever using these, right?). This can help to mobilize fatty acids and spark your metabolic rate. Pretty cool, huh? Additionally, to enhance the effects even more, you could add Ceylon cinnamon to coffee or tea. You could also have a little bit of apple cider vinegar in water. Key to Step #1 is that it involves no calories.

Step #2.) Begin your day with aerobic activity for 10 to 40 minutes. This is done fasted, very important not to have eaten anything. Also, it is done before getting distracted with today’s headlines or work. If you have opted to do Step #1.) above then this step would be the very next thing you do. You want to make sure not to eat breakfast now - remain in a fasted state. This will allow your body to tap into its own fat as fuel. That would mean you haven’t consumed any food for 12 to maybe 16 hours. Choose a light activity such as walking (preferably outside in the sunshine getting some vitamin D and helping align your circadian rhythm), yoga, riding your bike. It needs to light and not stressful on your body so you don’t feel exhausted or famished. You can save a harder workout session for later in the day. This one should be energizing.

Step #3.) Get you some cold. That’s right, get cold! I have written about the benefits of cold exposure before. Just as long as you are getting some type of cold for two to five minutes. For example, you could do a hot-cold contrast shower, cold bath, or as pictured here, literally wearing your cold (I’m wearing my Cool Fat Burner vest while I’m writing this). Why so cold? Because it helps to burn white adipose tissue off those fat areas and converts it into metabolically active brown adipose tissue. This increases your fat-burning capacity.

That’s not so bad, is it? Have a little cup of coffee or tea. Go for a walk. Turn the shower handle back and forth between hot and cold. Boom! Congratulations! You’ve just burned some fat.

Enjoy your journey,

Lisa Schaffer

GreenNote Fitness

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