8. DRINK COLD WATER
Drinking water may seem too simple a way to get lean, but it works, especially when the water is cold. Plus, it’s cheap, so you’ll save money that can be spent on buying organic dairy and beef.
WHY IT WORKS: One study out of Germany showed that drinking two cups of cold water could increase metabolic rate by about 30%. It’s theorized that this is due to an increase in norepinephrine release brought on by the water. Another study found that those drinking two cups of water between meals also ate less food and lost five more pounds in 12 weeks than those not drinking extra water between meals.
DO THIS: Drink two cups of cold water between meals throughout the day.
DON’T DO THIS: Many dieters depend on diet sodas and other artificially sweetened beverages to satisfy their sweet cravings. Research has suggested that such drinks cause you to feel hungrier, making you more likely to stray from clean eating. Moreover, these sugar-free beverages can still increase insulin release, which can inhibit fat burn absolutely can’t do without your Diet Coke, just try to limit yourself to one per day at the absolute most.
9. SEEK OUT SOY
We know what you’re thinking: real men don’t eat soy. But in reality, real lean men eat soy, as it’s a potent fat burner.
WHY IT WORKS: University of Alabama (Birmingham) researchers found that individuals taking 20 g of soy protein daily for three months lost a significant amount of abdominal fat compared to those using casein. Soy also has been found to increase growth hormone levels. GH helps build muscle, yes, but it also burns fat.
DO THIS: Add 10 g of soy protein powder to your pre- and post-workout shakes.