Want to drop some body fat?
Today I have 7 simple and effective ways for you to shed some unwanted body fat. While fat loss can be quite challenging, these 7 strategies are proven to help you slim down pretty fast.
1. Drink 3-4 quarts of Water Daily
Water is a crucial element for proper bodily functions, and even more so when fat loss is your goal. The conversion of fat into energy takes place in your liver, and this process requires that you be well hydrated.
Drinking about a gallon of water over the course of your day is a wonderful goal to aim for. This goal is easily met when you get into the habit of sipping water throughout the day, coupled with drinking a full glass before meals, upon waking and before bed.
2. Cut out Alcohol
This fat loss tip is always met with groans, but despite its unpopularity, it remains one of the most effective. The first reason that alcohol should be cut out in order to lose fat is that it’s empty calories. These are calories that taste great but add up quickly.
The second reason that alcohol should be cut is that the simple energy that your body derives from the alcohol will be used as energy before your fat stores are tapped, making it harder to reduce body fat on days when alcohol is consumed. If you want to decrease (but not eliminate) your alcohol intake, try switching to a DRY hard cider, low calorie/low alcohol wine or hard seltzer. And don't have it every day.
3. Do a Variety of Fat Burning Activities
Variety is key when it comes to the exercise side of your routine. Getting in calorie-burning activities is helpful for eliminating fat stores. We no longer believe that long cardio sessions are the holy grail of fat loss – but getting your body moving with calorie-burning activities is a wonderful way to intensify your fat loss results.
The great thing about aerobic activities is that these can and should be fun! Hiking, biking, dance exercise, swimming, step aerobics, Zumba, jogging, brisk walking – any activity that requires you to move your body for a decent duration of time and break a nice sweat in the process.
4. Cut out Processed Junk
This is one of the easiest ways to quickly and effectively reduce body fat, and yet it is met with such resistance. Why is it so difficult for us to give up our packaged, processed snacks and treats? It's because these items are heavily marketed to us as "food" and they have become the norm for most people.
The best tip for successfully getting processed junk food out of your life is to have wholesome alternatives on hand while decreasing the junk food from your home. If you are a late night snacker, then be prepared by having fresh fruit, sliced veggies, plain Greek yogurt or other healthier snack replacements on hand. When your belly is full of wholesome snacks, it’s hard to care too much about the processed junk you used to eat. And soon you’ll love how lean and energetic these healthier foods make you feel and look!
5. Lift Weights
You might consider this to be pretty obvious, but many people are still resistant to the idea that resistance training leads to fat loss. How does lifting weights help reduce body fat?
The act of lifting weights burns calories and causes the targeted muscles to stimulate new muscle tissue growth. This doesn’t mean that your muscles are going to get noticeably larger, but it does mean that your muscle tissue will become stronger and more toned. The increase in muscle translates to a higher metabolism, which means that your body will naturally burn fat faster and more efficiently.
6. Use HIIT
High Intensity Interval Training is a method that has been quite popular in the past decade – and for good reason. This advanced form of exercise, when done correctly, is one of the most effective methods for burning fat.
HIIT is achieved by performing short, intense bursts of exercise with periods of recovery. For example, a 30 second sprint followed by 2 minutes of walking, repeat for 20 minutes. No need to do this every day, but you can use it a couple of times per week to increase the intensity of some workouts for a metabolic boost.
7. Work with a Fitness Professional
You CAN do it yourself, but it's just easier and better most of the time to hire a professional for many things including fat loss.
My expertise is fat loss, fitness and body transformation. I’m passionate about getting my clients results, and my programs have been proven effective.
Call or email me today to discuss your goals and how I can help you achieve them.