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Health: Ways To Reduce Body Fat

-Increase water consumption: drinking water helps us stay full longer, hydrates us and speeds up our metabolism.

-Reduce sugar: cut down on sweets, sodas and any sugary drinks that are just adding empty calories to your body. Instead, substitute for fruits; they provide vitamins, fiber and minerals but eat them in moderation because they’re high in sugar nonetheless.

-Switch fats: yes switch not cut. Although fat contains a lot of calories, there are healthy fats that will help burn your stubborn fat. Eat more nuts and seeds such as flax seeds, chia, peanuts. Also avocado and salmon.

-Eat more greens: having a serving of vegetables with 3 or more meals will provide you fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Eating veggies will also help you stay full longer. Eating veggies helps me feel lighter and improves my mood.

-Be Active: seriously! Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day dedicate some time to exercising. There are 168 hours in a week and only 7 hours a week are enough to keep your body fit and healthy. Go out for a jog, take yoga or boot camp classes, anything that will make you sweat, burn calories and release some stress.

-Choose complex carbs: eliminate white/ simple carbs and replace it with whole wheat and whole grains, they contain fiber, digest slowly and most provide a decent amount of protein per serving.

Be consistent: it didn’t take you one day of bad eating to gain fat, it won’t take you a day to lose it. Consistency is key for any fitness goal.

As always consult your doctor before you make any changes to your diet or start a new exercise routine.

I'm Natalie Friedman, senior in Brooklyn College majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Fitness is my passion and I aspire to inspire others to a healthy lifestyle. I am currently interning with KIRS, where I write articles about exercises, nutrition and anything fitness related. NAASM aspiring personal trainer.

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