And the best way to burn fat is…
Actually, there is no best way to burn fat, there are many ways. But there are a few necessary ingredients in any intelligent fat burning plan.The main one (outside of nutrition), is strength training.
This surprises a lot of people. When you think weight loss (or fat loss), cardio might be the first thing that jumps into your mind. And for good reason. Cardio is very helpful.
But cardio is really just the icing on the cake, and strength training is the cake.
Here’s why to burn fat you must strength train:
- Strength training builds lean tissue, which boosts your metabolism. This means you’re burning more calories and in turn more fat all day long. Even while you sleep.
- Strength training causes something called metabolic disturbance. This is just a fancy way of saying it throws your body for a loop, and in turn your body spends a whole lot of calories getting things back to normal. Have you ever heard of after burn? The idea that your body burns a bunch of calories for hours even after you stop a high intensity training session? That’s exactly what metabolic disturbance is.
- Strength training builds strength. Obviously, right? That means you’re more capable during all your workouts, meaning you are able to do more work, and burn more calories when you train. That’s a pretty sweet advantage.
One of the most common traps people fall into is the cardio trap. The cardio trap has you doing nothing but cardio in pursuit of a leaner, healthier body. That’s like icing without the cake (I actually kinda like icing without the cake…but I’m weird like that).
Your results will improve drastically when you incorporate a solid strength training plan.
My client Erik incorporated strength training with his cycling. The results: he’s lost 1-2 lbs per week for the last 10 weeks.
My client Alissa has gotten so lean she can now see her abs and muscle definition in her arms. She did this with no cardio at all.
What If I Don’t Want to Get Too Bulky?
This is still the number one reason why most women shy away from strength training. The fear of becoming bulky, muscle-y, or ‘manly’.
I get that. Fitness marketing towards women has perpetuated this concern (myth).
Let’s put that to rest so you can finally start making all those amazing changes to your body you want to make. Take a look at this picture.
This picture shows us what 1 lb of fat looks like next to 1 lb of muscle. The 1 lb of muscle is much smaller than the glob of fat.
So picture this. You could lose 25 lbs of fat, and at the same time gain 25 lbs of muscle, only you would look completely different. In fact, you would be much smaller, leaner and appear more toned.
Not only that, but you would be stronger, healthier, and your metabolism would be cranked up to high.
Strength training is not only helpful when it comes to getting lean and healthy, it’s a crucial ingredient.
If you want to completely change your body by adding strength training to your plan, but have no idea where to start, leave me a comment below letting me know. I’ll message you right back and help you get started.
By Fitmo Online Personal Trainer, Mitch Heaslip
Mitch is going to get you into the best shape of your life! But what’s his secret? Mitch has developed solid methods that work for both men and women in losing weight and building muscle. With his very flexible approach, Mitch can tailor his methods to anyone. When it comes to building strength, muscle, and losing fat, his approach is second to none!
Learn more about Mitch, and working with him via the Fitmo app here.