The human body can be compared to an adaptable machine. Even if years and years of neglect have allowed for pound after pound of fat to fill your frame, it is still possible to rid yourself of all that lard at a much faster rate than you gained it.
Here are 7 easy-to-implement steps to shed fat:
1. Stay off the scale
You can gain muscle and lose fat, even though the scales are only telling you that you are gaining weight. So I advice that you don’t pay too much attention to the scale. Your body composition and how you look in the mirror matters more than what the scale says.
2. Reduce your calories gradually
If you are looking to shed fat, don’t try and make huge calorie cuts. This will kick your body into starvation mode, thereby reducing your metabolism and making it more difficult to burn off fat.
To prevent this metabolic slowdown and allow your body to burn fat, make smaller calorie reductions every week or two.
3. Vary your caloric intake
You can outsmart your body this way and continue to lose body fat without lowering your metabolism, by lowering your caloric intake every few days instead of eating the exact same amount of calories every day. This will keep the mechanism of starvation in check and your body will continue to shed fat.
4. Train with weights
Resistance training helps with fat loss in a number of ways. When you train with weights, you burn fat. Studies have shown that, unlike aerobic exercises, your calories burned by weight training will increased for up to 39 hours after your workout.
5. Eat more fats
Consuming enough of the good fats will help you to lose fat, build muscle, and recover faster from workouts. What fats, then, are the good fats? The polyunsaturated ones such as fish and nuts and also the monounsaturated ones like peanut butter, olive oil, fish oil and egg yolks.
6. Increase your protein intake
When you increase your protein intake, you increase your metabolism and help to maintain your muscle mass, all of which help with fat burning. Your body burns more calories when you eat protein than when you digest either fats or carbs. It also keeps you filled for longer periods of time.
7. Eat 6 smaller meals per day, not 2-3 feasts
This will ensure that you supply your body with nutrients necessary to build muscle and burn fat.
Don’t be the person that just always complains about their situation and never does anything. Put the information you have now into action and begin to enjoy the benefits.