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Everything You Need to Know About Fat Loss

Everyone finds themselves in need of shedding a few pounds, and you might find yourself short of ideas on how to transform your weight. Despite the struggle you face, there are numerous facts about fat loss that you should be aware of. The facts are essential in achieving your fat loss goals, and by understanding them, you stand higher chances of achieving your fitness goals.

Here are some tips that will help you achieve your desired weight.

Water Helps Burn Fat

Studies have proven that taking water can help reduce body fat. When you are dehydrated, your body experiences a decline in metabolism; however, when you are hydrated, your metabolism is optimal. Taking at least two cups of water leads to a 25% increase in metabolism. Therefore, you should consider taking lots of water every day. Besides, cold water also raises the rate of metabolism since your body has to use energy to warm the water. Therefore, you should consider taking three glasses of cold water in between meals to keep your body fat in check.

Identify a Workout Plan That You Enjoy

Getting to enjoy the workout session is vital since you get to stick to the habit. Having an enjoyable workout session helps create a connection with the brain; therefore, identify a workout plan that fits your schedule and lifestyle, then ensure that you stick to it. There are numerous online resources where you can get workout instructions, and you should also consider joining a workout program. Experts from Region Vavid, advise that you sample a few top programs that professionals have recommended, review the pros and cons of each program, and analyze how it will help you maximize your looks and melt away those excessive pounds.

Lack of Breakfast Results in Fat Gain

Some people have the misconception that skipping breakfast results in fat loss. That's the greatest deception since everyone wakes up hungry, and once you skip breakfast, you distort the leptin hormone production, which might encourage your body to store more fat. Besides, skipping breakfast slows down metabolism, and this results in weight gain. Therefore, you should consider having a wholesome breakfast to ensure that you keep your fat levels in check.

Try Weightlifting

Lifting weights is a great way to shed that excess fat. Some people have the misconception that weightlifting only helps in building muscles. If you insist on building muscles, weightlifting will also help burn the excess calories; thus, you will keep your fat levels in check.

You Have to Reduce Your Calorie Intake to Burn Fat

Excessive calorie intake often results in weight gain; therefore, you should consider the number of calories you take each day. Taking too little calories won't help you either since your body won't have enough energy to burn. Consider taking the right balance of calories to ensure that your body has constant energy supply while burning the excess fat.

Have Enough Sleep

When it comes to burning fat, enough sleep is essential. You should know that your body burns most of the excess fat while you are asleep, which would mean that poor sleeping patterns would deprive your body of the opportunity to burn fat. Ensure that you have at least 8 hours of sleep each day and monitor how the fat level reduces.

Never Starve Yourself

To lose excess fat, you should be prepared to have fewer meal portions; however, you shouldn't confuse this with starvation. Try experimenting with your regular diets and identify the right amount of calories that can sustain you. Once you get the average amount of calories that can support you, reduce the amount by 700 calories each day. However, be careful, as reducing your calorie intake to deficient levels could result in loss of muscles while the fat remains intact.

Control your Carbs Intake

Taking low carbs might be a solution to fat loss. You might benefit from boosting protein intake and cutting on cabs. However, depriving your body of carbohydrates over a long time might result in loss of muscles. Try and regulate pasta, bread, fried food, potatoes, and rice consumption. Play around with your carbohydrate intake before and after every workout session and monitor the fat loss.

Take Certain Drinks

There are a few drinks that you should take if you want to lose fat. As earlier stated, taking at least eight glasses of water will boost your metabolism. Besides, you should take more coffee and green tea; the drinks have caffeine and antioxidants that will leave you energized and support weight loss.

Foods to Eat

There is plenty of food that you can eat; however, you should consider having plenty of proteins and veggies. Try eating egg whites, black beans, chicken breasts, spinach, asparagus, and peas. The diet will keep your fat levels in check.

The above facts are all you need to know when it comes to fat loss; however, you will have to be patient to observe any meaningful results. Everyone has a different body; therefore, it takes different amounts of time to lose fat. Be patient and make the necessary lifestyle changes and observe how you will lose fat.

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Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.