Burning body fat. This is something most of the human population want to achieve. Not everybody. But the majority. Before anyone has a go at me there.
Our lives are filled with ways in which to burn body fat. Actually ‘weight loss’ is the preferred term. We see diet drinks, slimming teas and coffees, gym advertisements and low fat food products. The fat loss industry is huge, and the media, and companies providing a ‘solution’, are taking advantage of this.
So, in a saturated and confusing market, what actually IS the best way to burn body fat efficiently, and more importantly, effectively?
Well, it really boils down to two very simple factors. Two factors within your lifestyle, which if you feel you are carrying too much body fat, you are currently getting wrong. But the good news is it won’t take much to set you on the right path.
What are the two aspects I’m talking about?
You guessed it……
We need to control the amount of calories we consume, and the levels of activity we participate in every single day. In other words, eat a better, more controlled diet, and move more!!
You might say ‘pah, it can’t be that simple’. But honestly, hand on heart, initially it really is that simple. Yes, as you lose body fat more and more, and then start to look at toning the underlying muscle, you will need to look at your macronutrient (carbohydrate, fat and proteins) in more detail. But for now, let’s just focus on calories in, vs calories out!
So, what can you do? Well firstly, you need to start tracking your calories. This can be done so simply and effectively via an app called ‘MyFitnessPal’, which is available on both Android (whyyyy) and iOS devices. Basically, it allows you to track your calories via a barcode scanner, or if the food you are consuming doesn’t have a scanner, a quick search on google will allow you to input the calories you have eaten or are about to eat. It’s so quick and easy, and if you say you don’t have the time to do it, you’re lying to yourself. It literally takes 2 minutes.
So that’s calories under control, which is the largest part of any fat loss goals, but if you can couple this with some more regular exercise, you will speed up any fat loss results.
By exercise you don’t have to hit the gym 5 times a week. Not at all. If you want to, that’s all good too. But don’t feel the pressure to join a gym. Yes, a more intensive workout routine will speed things up, but for now let’s keep everything simple. Just aim to hit 10,000 steps each and every single day. That’s it. 10,000 steps. I’m not expecting you to count every step you take. That would be impossible, not to mention you’d look a bit odd walking down the street counting your steps. The most accurate way to do so, (not always 100% accurate but gives you a rough idea), is to buy a fitness tracker. This will help to count your steps while you wear it all day on your wrist and will help to keep you accountable to that increased activity level. Even if you go to the gym, try and hit this step target. If you go past it, keep going. Get as many steps in each day as possible.
So that’s basically it. Forget about any waist trainers, slimming pills or fancy low-fat products. Just be more conscious of the calories you eat and be more aware that you need to move more than you have been.
Keep it simple guys. Don’t be sold a dream. Be patient, and the hard work will pay off!