Whether your goal is to lose fat or increase muscle size, keeping fat off is usually in the big picture for many of us. The steps are simple, however doing it is the tricky part. Many people think cutting calories, counting calories, starving, and being miserable is the way to succeed at burning fat. Those would be the worst ways and possibly ways to failure instead of success. Instead strategy, consistency, dedication and focus are the keys to successful fat loss. In addition to having a solid plan and a goal. It is beyond belief how many people do not have real goals or shall I say realistic goals, which is why they cannot even begin to start their fat loss journey.
Keeping it simple is the way to go and I thought it would be useful to share these tips:
-Eating 6 cups of vegetables/day (preferably 2 in each meal)
Non starchy vegetables require your body to burn calories to digest the vegetables. They also have a lot of fiber which keeps your body feeling full which can prevent you from filling up on foods that make you eat more then you really need to. Vegetables are also great detoxifying foods. Considering fat is toxic, eat your vegetables to detox! No need to take a pill! Vegetables are also filled with high quality nutrition - when high quality nutrition is missing from your diet, your body will store unhealthy processed foods as fat until your body is fed with nutrition. Only when your body is getting its nutrient needs will your body be able to start using fat for energy, No nutrition - no fat burning. Eat nutritiously and wisely!
-Avoiding starchy carbs before your work out
This rule applies to those who are looking to burn fat and build lean and mean muscle! If you are an endurance athlete or sports star you will need to adjust your nutrition timing with your coach.
The reason why I recommend avoiding starchy carbs before your work out is because your body will use those starchy carbs are their prime source for energy. This is not necessarily a bad thing (if you are an endurance athlete) but if your goal is to burn fat, you want to eat starchy carbs post work out. When you avoid starchy carbs before your work out your body will use its glycogen reserves and fat stores for energy to perform your exercise. That is exactly what you want when you are trying to burn fat. After your work out when you eat starchy carbs your glycogen levels will be depleted which will be the prime opportunity for you to be able to store those carbs into your muscle cells (as they will be depleted and seeking energy) , thus will help your muscle cells grow and following your next work out your body will burn its fat stores first.
Resistance and weight training is crucial to fast tracking your fat loss goals! The reason being is because weight training increases your metabolism and helps your muscles grow (and SHRINK your fat cells!), If you want to burn fat you nee to replace it with muscle. If not you will only be skin and bone and the next time you have the opportunity to feed, you will store your meals at fat because your body understand no strategy and think you are lost in the wild. When in fact you are probably resting under nice bed sheets and a beautiful roof over your head. I recommend having a tailored weight training program that has your fat loss goals in mind made by a fitness professional. If you re a beginner and want real results do not play the guessing games. Take advice from experts who have helped people lose fat and transform to living a healthier lifestyle.
As you can see, the steps are simple and only a few of many. I will save more tips for another day. One step at atime is always ideal! However, taking action to get off your booty and creating a plan that suits your lifestyle is the tricky part. Do not hesitate to contact me should you need any assistance - or seek a local expert in your community.
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