Research shows that about half of all Americans have tried to lose weight within the past year, and in order to do that, they have to be able to burn off that excess fat. So what is the best way to do burn this fat? We’ve all heard the general advice to exercise more and eat less, but it’s time to get more specific. Here are some of the best ways to burn fat, plus a warning against some common scams.
Combine Cardio with Strength Training
The weight-lifting section at the gym can be an intimidating place. You may feel like you have no right to be there unless you’re preparing to compete in a bodybuilding competition, but the fact is, almost everyone can benefit from mixing weights in with their cardio routine. As experts have relayed, you need to “consider cardio secondary” if you want to “zap fat.”
Next time you go to the gym, ask a gym trainer to help you come up with a personalized plan for lifting weights. It’s tempting to just look at what other people are doing and imitate them, but that’s a quick way to get yourself hurt. You need to be lifting the right amount of weights for your body type and fitness level. Pay special attention to the proper form, since proper form is the best way to avoid injuries. You can still sprinkle in some cardio, but it’s no longer going to be the main focus of your workout.
A workout supplement might be helpful in some circumstances, but what do you do if you can’t decide? Something like Lipodrene Elite uses coca leaf extract for extra potency, but something like Lipodrene Hardcore utilizes rapid and extended-release technology. If you aren’t sure what supplement is right for you, talk to a doctor or nutritionist to break the tie. In fact, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying to lose weight, period. There may be medical concerns that you need to address before you can fully commit to shedding pounds.
Go to Sleep
You’ve heard that it’s easier to stick to an exercise routine if you work out in the morning, but what if you barely slept the night before? In that case, you’re going to feel sluggish, and if you’re sluggish, you’re more prone to getting hurt. The easiest way to avoid that is to go to bed earlier. When we say, “go to bed,” we mean, “leave the smartphone and tablet in another room.”
Not getting enough sleep does more than just make you cranky. There’s also evidence that it can lead to weight gain. Caffeine can get you through the really rough mornings, but it’s a temporary substitute for the real thing. Stick to caffeine in the morning. In the afternoons, you should be drinking decaf or, even better, water. Speaking of drinks: Try to avoid the sugary stuff if you want to burn fat. Drinking sugar means you’re consuming a ton of empty calories.
Avoid the Really Crazy Stuff
A few years ago, a company called Sensa convinced desperate people that they could sprinkle a substance on their food to lose weight. That caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission, who ended up fining them $46 million for false advertising. Look closer at things that seem a little off. If someone who calls them a doctor appears on TV to tell you about a “miracle cure,” then that’s a good sign that it’s actually not.
There are things that can provide a boost, but you can’t, for instance, burn fat while you sleep. That’s not how fat-burning generally works. You’ll need patience and persistence to lose weight and keep it off. It’s certainly possible, but it’s going to happen slowly, rather than all at once.