Are You Committing These Fat Loss Sins?

Avoiding These 3 Vital Principles Will Do You More Harm Than Good.

A muscular young man looking depressed after failing to reach his fitness goals at the gym

Are all your efforts to burn fat yielding almost no results… or even setting you back? What about all the rampant bad advice and fad diets?

And it doesn’t stop there. Because not only does fat spoil your appearance, it hurts your health, your self esteem, and even your relationships.

But there is hope. According to researchers, most people never achieve the lean physique they want due to the following three reasons.

1. Ignoring The Resistance.

While weight training has been well studied for its effects on fat loss, one particular trial conducted through the University of New Mexico showed that lipolysis (fat breakdown) raised 78% during and 75% after resistance training as compared with the control (non-workout) day. In addition, fat oxidation (“fat burning”) was 105% higher after the workout day as compared to the control session. In short: muscle is metabolic.

2. Not Controlling Your Calories.

Yes, counting calories is important. However, most people do it with absolutely no regard as to where those calories come from. Your primary focus should always be calorie-sourcing and portioning. For fat loss, a great rule of thumb is dividing your calorie sources into 40-50% protein, 30-40% fat, and 10-30% carbohydrates. This approach alone handles almost all of your dietary effort. As a side note, increased hunger is a very common side effect when switching to leaner, more pure sources.

3. Never Going Aerobic.

Did you know fat produces 18 times more energy than the body’s next two main energy sources? Pretty awesome, right? Well, there’s a catch: it takes much longer for your body to go aerobic and convert fatty acids into fuel. In fact, one study conducted through the University of Michigan Medical School indicates that it takes more than 30 minutes of exercise before your body shifts from burning glucose to burning fat. This is one of the main reasons many people never achieve the fat-loss they want–because they never actually reach an aerobic state where their body utilizes fat as its primary fuel source.

So, whether high-intensity interval, low-intensity steady-state, or anything in between, your fitness had better go aerobic at some point if you want to see real results.

Follow these 3 key tips and you’ll be well on your way to a leaner, beach-ready physique before you know it.