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How to Tackle Fat Loss After the Festive Season

Few of us can look our friends in the eyes and claim that we did not overeat during the December holidays. Whether one is celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, it is a time to enjoy some of the season’s culinary delights and to worry a little less about their possible effects on the waistline. With the arrival of January and the time to set some goals for the year ahead, many are now regretting their overindulgence and looking for a way to lose weight or, to be more precise, help them achieve some necessary fat loss.

One option is to simply stop eating. Not altogether, of course, but for one day each week. Many people report that limiting their intake to water for a single day and eating as they wish for the remainder of the week tends to curb their appetite on the non-fasting days, thus helping them to shed several kilos in just a few weeks. Special diets, however, are seldom effective, and many of those who try them actually tend to put on weight rather than lose it. A possible exception to the rule is the ketogenic diet, in which eliminating carbs in favour of fatty foods promotes the metabolic reaction known as ketosis in which lipids, rather than glucose, become the source of energy, thus automatically resulting in fat loss. While this approach appears to provide the desired result, the jury is still out regarding whether or not it is a healthy option.

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In practice, our eating habits can be even more important than the things we choose to eat. There is an old adage that claims that we should eat breakfast like a king, but dine like a pauper. Certainly, a day of activity will burn off many more calories than the time spent after supper watching TV followed by six to eight hours of sleep. If that’s not for you, then consider some vigorous late-night exercise if you’re really serious about fat loss.

As it happens, however, simply eating more slowly can be surprisingly effective. From the time we start to eat, it takes the body around twenty minutes before it generates a “full up” signal, regardless of how much we may have eaten during that interval. It might be a good idea, therefore, to take a tip from the Greek and Italian families. They prefer to treat mealtimes as an opportunity for conversation, rather than just a quick refuelling stop.

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