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Fat Loss Made Simple - There are a few basic principles that should be kept in mind while trying to lose body fat. Sometimes we focus too much on aspects of fat loss that don’t play a major roll. Here is a reminder of the basics for those of us who have lost sight of them, and for those who are just starting on their fat loss journey! =)
Eating less - You’ve got to eat less than your maintenance level of calories to see fat loss. If you don’t eat less than your maintenance than your body doesn’t really have a reason to burn fat. (This doesn’t mean eating less often or starving yourself.. it just means cutting back on portion sizes and eating more frequently).
WHAT you eat - if you eat crap foods, it’ll be harder to lose fat. All calories are NOT created equal. If you eat junk food but still stay below your maintenance levels, your body won’t give up its fat as easily. 1,500 calories worth of greasy pizza isn’t really the same nutritionally as 1,500 calories worth of lean, wholesome, natural foods. Eating less is important but eating quality is important, too.
Training properly - continue to train hard with heavy weights. Add in interval training for cardio (not the long, slow stuff - it’s gotta be challenging). Your body needs heavy weight while training for fat loss. Think about it this way…what do you think is going to burn more calories and boost your metabolism more strongly…lifting a light, easy weight or lifting a heavy weight that’s a challenge to your body. Not only is the heavier weight going to burn more calories, it’s also going to tell your body it needs to hold onto muscle mass to deal with the heavy loads being placed on it!