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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekly Challenge #24: Beyond Basic Training

(aka Back to Basics)

This week's challenge is a bit of a review from some prior weeks as well as a reminder to get back to the basics.

Lorri Ann's top three tips to "make your body a mean, calorie-burning machine!" are:

HYDRATE!! Drinking 80-100 ounces of water a day can boost your metabolic rate by 30% and helps you burn one-third more calories all week long. Your liver, which is an internal fat-flusher, needs lots of water to work properly. Bonus: Because hydration prevents fatigue, you'll have way more energy. So drink up!

DO MINI-MEALS "Grazing encourages your body to use fat for energy." Start drinking water as soon as you get up; "break fast" to kick start your metabolism, then aim to eat "meal snacks" (200-300 calories each) every 2 to 4 hours.

PUMP IRON, ALREADY! "There's this myth still out there that women can somehow bulk up with weight-lifting, but it's so not true. You will build lean muscle mass and lose inches!"

Your challenge this week: Get back to basics. Be sure you are hydrating properly every single day, focus on eating often (the right foods, of course!) and add an extra day of weight lifting to your routine or challenge yourself to increase the amount of weight you are lifting. Your body will love you for it!

Have a great week!

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