1) Eat in a HEALTHY CALORIE DEFICIT
The most important component for fat loss is making sure that you are in a caloric deficit. Without a deficit in place, the other fat loss tips below will not be helpful.
To lose a pound a week you need to eat 500 fewer calories a day or burn 500 more calories than you eat! Just make sure you’re not eating too few of calories or you will end up messing up your metabolism. It’s not just the quantity of calories that matter but also the quality. Your daily calories should fit into a specific amount of fats, carbs and protein.
2) Get active OUTSIDE OF THE GYM
After your workouts at the gym, you probably feel like your activity is done for the day. In reality, what you do outside of the gym also has a big impact on your fat-loss success. One way to increase your daily activity, is by getting in 10,000 steps a day. This little addition will rapidly boost the total amount of calories burned throughout the day. Other ways to get active outside the gym include gardening, doing chores, and playing with your kids.
3) Weight train AT LEAST THREE DAYS A WEEK
During your gym time, you should focus on strength training. While cardio can help you burn calories and put you in an overall calorie deficit, lifting weights helps you build muscle, and more muscle mass means your body burns more calories at rest. Strength train at least three days a week starting out. You can increase that number as you progress and see results.
4) Add HIIT to your FAT LOSS PROGRAM
Although you may not be focusing on cardio in your fat-loss fitness plan, you should still incorporate HIIT, which will get your heart rate up and help you torch calories. HIIT can help you get in an effective workout in a shorter amount of time. For fat loss, add HIIT to your program one or two times a week.
5) GET ENOUGH SLEEP
A lack of sleep could increase the production of stress hormones that cause your body to stress fat, and can also cause increased food cravings, mental fog, and lower ‘real’ energy. All of these will impact your effectiveness in the gym and impair your ability to stick to your eating plan.
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