Every little bit of saturated-fat reduction helps when it comes to taking better care of your heart. One of the easiest swaps to make is trading in full-fat milk for low- or non-fat milk. The taste is virtually identical, and, because of the reduced fat, non-fat milk contains more calcium and more protein than full-fat. For your coffee, if you use cream, go half-and-half, then to regular milk; it will still taste creamy and delicious. Then, if you can take that extra step and use skim in your coffee, all the better. Bonus: Besides reducing your fat intake, you're dramatically reducing your calorie intake too.
Excellent idea, because as your heart gets healthier, so do you. There are a lot of small steps you can take that will add up to a big payoff: lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, a more regular heartbeat, stronger lung power and more. If you take care of your body's motor — your heart — the rest of your body will run smoothly and fire on all pistons. You won't believe how much better you'll feel overall
Diet is the most important factor in slimming down. Deputy editor of Men’s Fitness Ben Ince followed this diet to get a ripped body. Breakfast: Eight-ounce (250-gram) grilled hamburger patty, 1.7 ounces (50 grams) of nuts. Mid-morning: Seven-ounce (200-gram) grilled chicken breast. Lunch: Seven-ounce (200-gram) grilled hamburger patty, broccoli. Mid-afternoon: Seven-ounce (200-gram) chicken breast. Dinner: Seven-ounce (200-gram) poached cod fillet, steamed asparagus
With your elbow beneath your shoulders, hold your body in a straight line without dropping the hips. Change sides
Use dip bars, elbow straps or a pull-up bar. Without swinging your feet, use your abs to draw knees upward and pause as they touch the chest. Slowly lower your legs to the starting position
Planks are a great workout for your core. Get into a pushup position with your elbows bent to 90 degrees. Rest your weight on your forearms with your elbows directly beneath your shoulders. Form a straight line with your body from head to feet. Hold the position for as long as you can
If done improperly, crunches can hurt your back. Lie on your back on the floor and make sure the surface isn't too soft. Bend your knees, place your hands behind your neck or head. Lift yourself up using your abs while exhaling and pause at the peak. Ease slowly back to the floor while inhaling
These foods contain ingredients that can cause belly fat and illness over a period of time. Prepare your food at home and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C is known to enhance fat burning during exercise. Fruits like kiwi are a great source of vitamin C
Protein is essential for muscle building and it fills you up, which will help keep unhealthy snacking at bay.
Lowering your overall body fat percentage is key in revealing the six pack hiding behind a pudgy belly. Keep a tab on what you eat and do big muscle moves like squats and deadlifts
There's no need to do crunches for hours on end. To build abdominal muscles, keep reps fairly low – from 10 to 12 – and increase resistance by adding weights if the exercise is too easy. However, always be sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program
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