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5 Simple Things to Do to Lose Body Fat Faster

When it comes to losing body fat, slow and steady wins the race. You're more likely to keep the weight off if you don't try to drop a gazillion pounds in one day.

But sometimes you just want to speed up the process a little bit. Or maybe you find the fat is coming off a little more slowly than usual

You're doing everything 'right' but you just want to add a little more fuel to the fat burning fire.

Here are five simple things you can do to lose body fat faster in a safe and healthy way:
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Did You Overeat Because of the Super Bowl?

Ah, the lure of a watching fit athletes play football while we sit down and over do it with chips, soda, pizza, beer -- and let's not forget chicken wings!

Did you overeat because of the Super Bowl? Let me assure you, you're not alone. Traffic to FitWatch.com drops during Super Bowl Sunday. Not only are people too busy watching the game, but all thoughts of weight loss are sacked like a hapless quarterback.

Here's an hourly comparison of traffic on Super Bowl Sunday vs. last Sunday's traffic:
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Can You Trust Dr. Oz?

I bet many of you are familiar with Dr. Mehmet Oz, the cardiologist who has his own show (Dr. Oz) and was a frequent visitor on Oprah. He has an engaging personality and always seem to want to help you get healthy. He's a real doctor, so you can trust everything he says, right?

Not necessarily.

I used to watch Dr. Oz's show when it first came out. I had to stop. The show was too over the top, for me. I tried to watch one of the shows last year, but it seemed ever worse. More "Take this supplement and it will solve all your problems." Unfortunately, it's too easy for people to get caught up in the hype.

Julia Belluz and Stephen J. Hoffman wrote an excellent piece on Slate.com called, Dr. Oz' Miraculous Medical Advice. In it, the writers look at the research that Dr. Oz is basing his claims on. The expose will shock you if you're a fan of Dr. Oz.
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Calories In Vs Calories Out: The Basic Formula Explained

In a world run rampant with fad diets, quick fixes and bogus claims, the most basic formula for weight loss has become lost in all the noise. Cries of "Why am I gaining weight?" are being answered with complicated eating habits:
  • Eat this.
  • Don't eat that.
  • Eat this with that.
  • Don't eat this with that.
It gets so confusing, don't you think?

But when you understand the basic formula for weight loss, you'll never be at the mercy of the diet companies again.

Let me take you back to the basics:
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4 Ways to Track Your Weight Loss Progress

If you want to get serious about dropping pounds, you need to track your progress on a weekly basis. Creating a weekly 'feedback loop' will help you pinpoint what's working for you -- and what isn't. What you're looking for is a pattern of progress over a period of several weeks. Don't get discouraged if you see a loss and then a slight gain.

Here are four ways you can track your weight loss progress. You can use one method -- or all four. The key is to track on weekly basis, at the same day and time, under the same circumstances. Tracking weight along with body fat percentage gives you a better indication of your body mass composition (fat weight vs. lean body mass).
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What Percentage of Carbs, Protein and Fat Should You Eat?

One question I see a lot is "What percentage of carbs, protein and fat should I be eating?" It gets confusing because companies always seem to be pushing low carb, low fat or high protein eating.

It's important to know how much carb, protein and fat you're eating because they play different roles in your body. You want to give your body the right kind of energy -- and everybody has different energy needs. Don't eat 'low this' or 'high that' just because everybody else is doing it.

Let me quickly take you through why your body needs carbs, protein and fat, where you get them and what percentages are recommended.
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Will You Get A Perfect Behind with Toning Pants?

Toning pants are workout pants made with compression panels that make it harder to move your legs. The idea being if you're working harder to move your legs while walking or working out, you'll "tone" your leg muscles much more quickly. In fact, Fila USA (TM) says their toning line "dramatically improves workout efficiency." But do toning pants really work?
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Six Serving Sizes You Need to Get Right To Lose Weight

When it comes to counting calories, what do these words have in common:
  • Bowl
  • Glass
  • Plate
  • Bag
  • Scoop
  • Handful
Give up? These are typical serving sizes used by most people. People who underestimate how much they eat in a day.

I bet you use these serving sizes, too. How many times have you served yourself a bowl of cereal, a glass of wine, a plate of spaghetti or a bag of chips?

Hate to break it to you, but these are just words; not serving sizes. Not in this universe, anyway!

When it comes to cutting calories to lose weight, you need to know the proper serving size for the foods you eat. And once you know the right serving size, you need to take it one step further. You need to measure out your portion of food each time until you can estimate the right amount of food to serve yourself.

Bottom line, you need to stop mindlessly dishing out the food and know the actual serving size instead.

Here are six foods where you need to get the serving size right if you're going to drop the pounds:
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One Simple Ab Exercise You Can Do Anywhere, Anytime - Even in a Room Full of People

Usually, when you think about ab exercises, you picture yourself on the floor, grunting through a variety of grueling crunches. Hardly something you'd do anywhere, anytime -- and definitely not something you'd do in a room full of people outside of the gym, right?

But there's one ab exercise you can do while grocery shopping, giving a presentation at work, sitting on the bus, walking down the street -- really, anywhere, anytime.
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Mini-Chocolate Fondue Recipe

For most of us who want to lose weight, cutting out "forbidden" desserts or snacks is like waving a red flag at an enraged bull.

"What do you mean I can't have chocolate? Screw that! I'm going to have a TON of chocolate."

Or at least that's how I get.

The FitWatch philosophy is to make changes you can live with for the rest of your life. Giving up chocolate is not something I want to do.

The trick, then, is chocolate in moderation -- and to find a way to indulge a chocolate craving without going overboard. A piece of chocolate is nice -- but boring. Chocolate fondue, on the other hand? S-W-O-O-N! The problem with chocolate fondue is it's made with cream, takes time and made in large batches. (Are you really going to stick to one serving when you've got a pot full of melted chocolate sitting in front of you?)

But I have your back! I came up with a low calorie, single-serving, quick and easy mini-chocolate fondue. The fondue itself is only 60 calories! Add in fresh fruit and you can indulge your chocolate craving without having left-overs calling to you in the middle of the night.

Here's the recipe:
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