Kick it in high-gear for the last two weeks of The Challenge!

What can you do these last 2 weeks to make sure you are giving it your all?  Well, the nutrients, eating habits and lifestyle practices that can give fat cells – women have around 34 billion and men around 25 billion – a kick in the backside, encouraging them to shrink. And fast.

Don’t think that skipping those meals will help you lose weight! Food is fuel and regular refueling is absolutely essential if we are to thrive, this plan is not about deprivation. Food can and should provide a feel-good factor that should never be trivialized or denied.

Try to get these superfoods into your diet over the next couple of weeks:

SUPERSTAR FAT BURNING FOODS 

CALCIUM

Growing scientific evidence indicates that a diet rich in calcium allows us to burn more calories per day and results in up to half the amount of fat being stored versus diets low in calcium. Calcium binds to bile acids and increases the amount of fat we excrete through the bowel – so instead of storing it, we lose it. The calcium-rich foods that you should include over the next 2 weeks include spinach, broccoli, rhubarb, and salmon.

OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS

Found in the likes of oily fish, kidney beans, chickpeas, frozen peas, avocado and walnuts, studies suggest Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the great secrets to permanent fat loss. They help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, inhibit the storage of calories as fat, encourage glucose to be stored in muscle cells not fat cells and increase thermogenesis – the production of heat by cells within the body causing fat to be used as fuel and calories burned.

FERMENTABLE CARBS

Think beans, lentils, corn, split peas, barley, brown rice, and oats – there’s much excitement from scientists and nutritionists about fermentable carbs. They don’t contain many calories, promote regular bowels, and are associated with less fat storage after a meal.

ASTAXANTHIN

A carotenoid that gives salmon, prawns, langoustine, rainbow trout and lobster their pink colour has been shown to increase the usage of fat as an energy source and accelerate fat burning during exercise.

TWO WEEKS IN THE FAST LANE

  • Avoid starchy carbs after 6pm unless you exercise in the evening (sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, couscous, brown rice, quinoa).
  • Have at least three vegetables or a big salad with your evening meal.
  • Eat something every two to three hours to keep the fat burning furnace firing all day and avoid energy dips and cravings.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Drink water every two to three hours – every chemical reaction in the body from extracting nutrients from food to encouraging fat burning needs water to get a result.
  • Get back on track as quickly as you can if things go awry.