Easy Ways to Lose Unwanted Fat

Whilst we provide many healthy recipes to lose weight at No Just Nuts, losing weight is difficult and can involve just more than just eating healthily. Losing unwanted weight can be a daunting task for many. Aside from hard work, you will need determination to get a leaner and healthier body. To guide you, we will be listing some of the easiest ways to lose fat so that you will be able to achieve the kind of body that you have always wanted.

  • Make sure that you get enough sleep every night. According to a study conducted in Finland, people who lack in sleep tend to have more fat in the body. Therefore, if you want to have less visceral fat, it is important that you give your body enough time to rest and regenerate by getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • One of the most effective ways to lose fat—and weight, in general, is to always keep on moving. Sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of obesity. In order to prevent this, you will need to be physically active by taking the time to exercise. No matter how busy you are, it is never an excuse. Little changes in your daily activities can help a lot. For example, instead of taking the elevator, choose the stairs in your work place. You can do some running, walking or swimming depending on your preference. Experts suggest jogging because it is very good in burning visceral fat.
  • Always stay hydrated. Water is important in the process of transporting and burning fat. Also, a lot of people mistake thirst for hunger, which, in turn, can lead to weight gain. If you drink enough water regularly, you will also feel full for a longer time. In a study by German researchers, they found out that drinking cold water during the day can increase your metabolism, helping you to lose weight faster.
  • Yoga can help reduce visceral fat. Aside from helping you to lose weight, it can also aid in lowering your stress level by decreasing cortisol production.
  • According to researchers, eating organic food can help you lose weight by helping in your metabolism. In addition to this, organic products are recommended because they do not contain toxins that may interfere in the fat burning process of the body.
  • You should have enough protein in your diet because it is crucial when the body starts to lose fat. Without protein, your body will have a problem in insulin, which will result to the storage of more body fat.
  • A simple rule when it comes to calories is this: do not eat more than what you can burn. This just means that you only eat what your body can burn through exercise. If you overeat, your body will just store the excess calories as fat.
  • Speaking of calories, it will also help to limit your carbohydrates consumption. Some foods that are high in carbs include rice and potatoes. Again, whatever is the excess energy from food; it will be stored in your body as stubborn fat.
  • Choose polyunsaturated fat to lose more weight. This type of fat is found in fish and nuts.
  • Researchers in Japan found out that those who consume 1-2 tbsps. of vinegar everyday can decrease the amount of visceral fat in the body. They have concluded that the acetic acid found in vinegar can speed up the fat burning process.
  • Sitting for more than 4 hours can negatively affect your metabolism. If you have a desk job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, make sure that you take breaks by stretching and standing up.

By following the tips listed above, it will be easier for you achieve your target weight and lose unwanted fat. One great way to check your progress is by using a body fat analyzer. If you are not sure which body composition monitor to get, check out the reviews done by reputable fitness websites. A comprehensive reviews and comparison articles can be found that compare the best body fat scales.

To motivate you even more, always remember that you are doing the sacrifices not just to achieve a sexy body, but to have a longer and happier life as well. Again, simple lifestyle changes can go a long way. All you need is to start and have enough will to achieve the fitness goals that you have.

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic, healthy, fitness food and should form a staple of any healthy diet. Not only are they a good source of carbohydrates but they are also chock full of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6. potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2. They are also lower on the Glycemic Index than white potatoes which means they result in a lower spike in blood sugar levels after eating them. You should be able to find sweet potatoes at your local supermarket but I like to buy them from Muscle Food, a UK based fitness food retailer. Muscle Food has grown incredibly fast over the past few years after appealing to the fitness minded individuals in the UK by supplying healthy foods at often heavily discounted prices to supermarkets in the UK. I often use a Muscle Food discount code that you can find for even further discounts and even more savings.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 40 Minutes Total Time: 45 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

8 oz sweet potatoes, peeled and
chopped into small cubes
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1⁄4 teaspoon ground sage
1⁄4 teaspoon ground savory
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
2. In a large baking dish, toss sweet potatoes with all of the
ingredients.
3. Place the sweet potatoes in the pre-heated oven and cook
uncovered for 40 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 245 calories, 7.5g fat, 43g carbs, 2g protein

Very Berry Blend

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 0 Minutes Total Time: 6-7 Minutes Yield: 1-2 Servings

1 scoop Vanilla Low-Carb Protein Powder
1⁄2 cup cold water
1⁄4 cup unflavored or vanilla coconut milk
1⁄4 cup fresh blueberries
1⁄4 cup fresh strawberries

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately or pour into a shallow container and freeze for 30 minutes.

Per Serving: 183 calories, 2g fat, 16.5g carbs, 25g protein

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 15 Muffins
1 1⁄4 cup quinoa flour

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour

2⁄3 cup pumpkin purée

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg or mace

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1⁄2 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄4 cup maple syrup

1⁄2 teaspoon grey sea salt

1 cup coconut milk

2 eggs

1⁄4 cup applesauce unsweetened

Nuts to top (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Place 15 cupcake liners into 2 muffin trays.

3. Place the wet ingredients into medium bowl and mix well.

4. In a large sized mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.

5. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the bowl that contains the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.

6. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop equal amounts of batter into the prepared cupcake liners.

7. Place chopped nuts and chocolate chips on the top of each muffin (optional).

8. Place muffin trays into the preheated oven and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

Per Muffin: 136 calories, 2g fat, 26g carbs, 4g protein

Gluten Free Oat Cakes

glutenfreeoatcake

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 7 Oat Cakes

Ingredients

1⁄2 cup almond flour
1⁄2 cup gluten free oat flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons organic butter (or oil)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk alternative of choice
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon potato starch
1⁄4 cup mini dark chocolate chips or raisins

As an optional extra, to increase the protein content, you can add in a scoop of protein powder. I would recommend a vanilla flavoured protein powder and preferrably a whey concentrate rather than an isolate. The brand doesn’t really matter but you can go to Monster Supplements who have a wide range of protein powders.

Directions

1. First, combine liquid ingredients in a bowl, adding the dry ingredients after.
2. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
3. Preheat non-stick frying pan over medium heat, melting 1⁄2 teaspoon butter or oil.
4. Using a 1⁄4 cup scoop, empty the batter into the frying pan creating round cakes.
5. Let cook uninterrupted for 2 minutes.
6. Flip the oat cake and cook for 2 minutes longer or until the oat cake is fully cooked inside.
7. Serve with pure maple syrup and dairy free coconut “cream” (optional).

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 193 calories, 12g fat, 17g carbs, 5.5g protein

BBQ Grilled Chicken

bbqchicken

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon granulated garlic
3⁄4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2⁄3 cups barbecue sauce, plus more for
serving
2 (8-ounce) large boneless, skinless
chicken breasts
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

I would highly recommed using Musclefood to purchase all of your meat. They sell extremely high quality, lean meat at very good prices; even cheaper than your local supermarket. They always have special deals running such as 5kg of chicken breast for just £25.

Directions

1. Prepare a grill for medium-high cooking or heat a grill pan over high heat.
2. In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic, salt and cayenne.
3. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and split each horizontally with a sharp knife, forming 2 thinner cutlets.
4. Sprinkle cutlets and thighs all over with the spice mixture.
5. Place thighs on the grill; cook for 2 minutes, and then place breast cutlets on the grill.
6. Cook chicken, turning and flipping pieces several times, until just about cooked through, about 8 minutes longer on the grill or 10 minutes longer on a grill pan.
7. Baste with barbecue sauce and cook on each side about 1 minute longer.
8. Serve with more barbecue sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 360 calories, 10g fat, 15g carbs, 50g protein

Apricot Nut Bites

apricotbites

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 0 Total Time: 1 Hour Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

15 dried apricots, diced
2⁄3 cup cashew meal/flour
1 tablespoon flaked filberts
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon milk alternative of choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil, measured then melted
1 tablespoon honey

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well.
2. Form 2 tablespoon round balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
3. Place in the freezer for one hour to harden.
4. Remove from freezer 5-15 minutes prior to enjoying depending on how soft you would like your dessert.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 204 calories, 13g fat, 19g crabs, 4g protein

Avocado Burger

avocadoburger

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Patties:
1 lb extra-lean ground turkey
1 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
Avocado Sauce:
1 medium/large avocado
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lime juice
Toppings & Bun:
Lettuce
Red onion
Tomato
Ezekiel bread (Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free
Bun)

OR Skip the bun and use lettuce wraps

Directions

1. Sauté onion and garlic until golden brown.
2. Add salt and pepper then mix into meat.
3. Shape meat mixture into patties as thick as you desire.
4. BBQ patties approximately 4 minutes on each side.
5. Mash Avocado in bowl. Add in salt, pepper, honey and lime juice.Mixed well. Refrigerate until use.
6. Fix your burger together with all topping ingredients and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 218 calories, 14.5g fat, 7g carbs, 17g protein

Chia Seed Porridge

porridge

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 2 Minutes Total Time: 7 Minutes Yield: 1 Serving

Ingredients

3 tablespoons cashew meal
1 tablespoon coconut milk or milk of
choice
1⁄2 cup chia gel
1⁄2 teaspoon flax meal (optional)
1⁄3 teaspoon nut butter of choice
1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄3 teaspoon pure maple syrup
Coconut milk, pure maple syrup, cacao
powder for topping (optional)

Directions

1. To make chia gel, combine 2 tablespoons of chia seed into one
cup of water. Stir well and let sit for approximately 15 minutes
until the mixture begins to gel.
2. Place all the ingredients into a large microwaveable bowl.
3. Stir well and microwave for 2 minutes.
4. Top with additional milk of choice, pure maple syrup & cacao
powder to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 167 calories, 12.5g fat, 13.5g carbs, 6g protein