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#MotivationMonday: 10 Ways To Burn Fat Faster

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May 6 2013, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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We're kicking off the seventh week of OK!'s 12 Week Countdown To Summer to get us fit and looking our best for bikini season.

So here are 10 great tips, with help from our friends over at Men's Fitness, on how we can lose fat faster (and who doesn't want that right?!)

1. High Intensity Interval Training

This way of working out is more effective than just a traditional cardio workout and you continue to burn calories long after you've left the gym.

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2. Lift Weights As Well As Cardio

Training with weights increases lean muscle mass which helps to burn fat faster. You don't have to bulk up but just increasing your muscles increases the size of the fat-burning furnace.

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3. Pick Up A Sport

Although going to the gym is effective, it's great to mix it up a bit so doing some kind of sporty activity like tennis or basketball, is a fun way to burn some extra calories.

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4. Reduce Stress With Yoga

If you're stressed, your body tends to want to hold on to fat so doing yoga at least once a week can help. Deep breathing exercises to help you relax and reduce stress is a must.

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5. Take Photos and Track Your Progress

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There's nothing like that 'before' photo to get you motivated. But taking photos of yourself along your weight loss journey is a great way to see what work still needs to be done but also what you've achieved so far and how far you have come.

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6. Train With A Partner Or In A Group

Having a workout buddy is a great way to stay motivated, accountable and also share your fitness journey with. But also having a trainer or doing group activities can help in the same way.

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7. Track What You Eat

You can either keep a food journal or download one of the many apps to keep a check on exactly what you're eating! When it's written down in front of you it's a great visual and quantitative feedback about the calories you're taking in.

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8. Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time

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We all know that if we don't have something healthy to eat to hand it's likely we'll grab something quick that's not always the best for us. So planning ahead with our meals for the week can save time and make sure we always make good food choices.

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9. Drink More Water

It's time to ditch the soda and alcohol if you really want to shed the pounds and stick just to a H2O.

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10. Eat More Protein and Good Fats

Having a diet high in lean protein like fish and chicken and good fats like olive oil and avocado is a surefire way to lose those lbs. Carbs should be eaten with the protein and fat in the 40:30:30 ratio.

Find out more tips to get lean faster here.

What are some of your top tips to shedding weight? Share with us below or tweet us @OKMagazine!

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