If you’re on a mission to slim down and tone up, then it’s really important to hone your fat loss rather than simply weight loss. Losing pounds feels good, but if those pounds are precious muscle, then you’re actually being counterproductive in your weight loss by lowering your metabolic rate. In order to ensure that the weight you’re losing is mostly FAT and not MUSCLE take the following 15 Essential Fat Loss Tips to heart…
Fat Loss Tip #1: Keep Track
Your willingness to track your food intake is equal to your desire to lose fat. Being serious about losing fat means taking note of every calorie you consume, making sure these calories contain enough protein, and stopping when you meet your daily allowance. You can download apps on your phone like MyFitnessPal or Lifesum in order to track your food intake.
Fat Loss Tip #2: Eat Breakfast
Possibly the most fundamental eating tip of all time, a healthy breakfast with a good protein and carb source will help your body have good calories to burn throughout the a.m. hours, letting you get to lunch without being tempted by that mid-morning doughnut.
Fat Loss Tip #3: Avoid Getting Too Hungry
Dieters often fast until they can’t take it any longer. Unfortunately, many poor choices are made in the heat of the hunger moment. Keep healthy snacks around (in your car, in your bag, etc) and make sure you are eating consistently throughout the day instead of only eating a few big meals.
Fat Loss Tip #4: Don’t Use Exercise as an Excuse
Yes, you just pumped iron for an hour and ran six miles. However, that doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want afterwards. There’s a saying “you can’t out exercise a bad diet” and it’s very true. You should be eating nutrient dense foods to nourish your body so that you can exercise and feel your best.
Fat Loss Tip #5: Stay Home
Your favorite restaurant may be calling your name, but don’t listen! By cooking your own dinner at home, you’ll sidestep a variety of pitfalls that occur while eating out.
Fat Loss Tip #6: Reduce Alcohol Intake
It helps you relax and—if you drink red wine—can offer health benefits. But alcohol also comes with a lot of useless calories. To avoid having more calories to burn than necessary, skip the bar and grab another glass of water.
Fat Loss Tip #7: Stick with Enjoyable Foods
Sticking with a fat loss plan gets hard, but try sticking with foods that you like that are also nutrient dense. Don’t think that you have to eat boring salads every day if that’s not your cup of tea. Find healthy foods that you can enjoy eating frequently in order to stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Fat Loss Tip #8: Hit the Hay
Remember when your parents gave you a curfew because “Nothing good happens after midnight”? This is particularly true when fat loss is your goal. Get to bed to avoid late-night snacking and help your body function its best!
Fat Loss Tip #9: Go Green (First)
There are lots of good foods out there that you need—lean meats, dairy, etc. But don’t forget that fruits and veggies should make up half of your diet! Make sure to get adequate fruits and veggies in first before you worry about other foods.
Fat Loss Tip #10: Disconnect Diet from Life
Life comes with ups and downs. Your diet should not. When stressed, don’t go to the vending machine. Put on your walking shoes and get going.
Fat Loss Tip #11: Keep the Burn Going
Working out is not supposed to be a walk in the park. You need to be working out at a certain intensity so that you burn more calories and can be more efficient in your workouts. Like the common saying goes, no pain no gain!
Fat Loss Tip #12: Goodbye Sugary Sweet
Everyone needs a quick sweet on occasion. Make sure yours is natural, whole fruit rather than regular old sugar. Every day, it seems more research is showing that refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup increase your likelihood of weight gain more than anything else.
Fat Loss Tip #13: Move Now!
Maintaining a consistent, challenging exercise program is essential for your fat loss, but don’t let that be your only exercise. The most amount of calories you burn throughout the day is surprisingly not during your workout, but during the rest of the day. What you chose to do the rest of the day truly counts. So take small breaks throughout the day so that you can get up and move around.
Fat Loss Tip #14: Don’t Give Up
You may think it’s too easy a tip to list, but very few people have the will power necessary to keep with a program long enough to see the desired results. Commit yourself today to being one of those few. If you’re not yet one of my esteemed clients, now is the time to join in and experience a whole new level of fitness and fat loss. Contact me by filling out your information on my website to get started today!