7 Rules To Burn More Fat

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Rule #1- Eat Before Your Workout

Have a snack or a light meal before your workout session to burn more fat. Eating before exercising was shown to enhance your metabolism. In a study, those who ate before their moderate-intensity cardio session had increased EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Protein Consumption) compared to those who did the same session on empty stomach. EPOC is the amount your metabolism is elevated after exercise for muscle recovery. When you eat before your workout, your EPOC remains elevated for 12 to 24 hours after your exercise session, indicating higher metabolism and greater fat burn.

Rule#2- Avoid Carbs Before Your Workout

carbs and belly fatAvoid bread, pasta and rice before your workout to lose more fat. Not just pasta and bread, but also any kind of carbs. Carbs break down into sugar in your body. When you eat carbs and exercise, your body uses this sugar for energy. In absence of carbs, your body breaks down your fat stores for energy. Instead, keep your carb intakes till after your workout session. This is the best time because your metabolism is elevated after exercise and your body burns calories at a faster rate. Also, your body will use carbs to replenish your muscle glycogen stores instead of storing them as fat.

Rule#3- Have a Cup of Coffee 20 to 30 Minutes Before Your Workout

Coffee to burn fat

Caffeine before exercise was shown to improve performance endurance by 11%. The more energy you have, the more you workout, the more you burn calories. Also, coffee can boost your fat burning. It was shown to temporarily boost metabolism by 3 to 10% and fat burning up to 10%. In a study, those who had 2 cups of coffee everyday and exercised lost 2.5 kg of fat after 1 month. Keep in mind that the efficacy of caffeine in improving performance and burning fat depends on habitual coffee intakes and doses. Most studies were done on subjects who don’t consume caffeine regularly.

Rule #4- Follow a Diet That Controls Calories

You’ve probably heard that losing fat is 80% food and 20% exercise. You could be eating healthy but not consuming the right amount of calories for your specific needs. You need to be on a caloric deficit of 500 kcal to lose body fat. If the caloric deficit is too little, you will not see the results you want. Calories requirements are different from person to person. How much calories you need depend on your age, weight, gender and activity levels.

Rule #5- Take A Protein Shake

timing of protein shakeWhey protein helps you burn fat. In a study, 2 groups followed the same calorie-reduced diet. Only one group took a whey protein shake before and after training. After 3 months, both groups lost weight, but the group who had a whey protein shake lost 6% more body fat. Protein has a higher thermic effect (20 to 35%) over carbs and fats (5 to 15%), meaning that your body uses more energy or calories to digest protein and make use of it. Try taking a scoop of whey protein powder with water on your training days.


Rule #6- Sleep At Least 6 Hours

Lack of sleep slows down your fat loss progress. A recent alarm sleepingstudy showed a relationship between sleep duration and body fat loss. Subjects followed a calorie-controlled diet to lose fat. After 3 months, those who had a good sleep quality and duration were found lose more fat mass than those who slept for less than 5 hours.

Rule #7- Rest

If you train non-stop in the hope to lose more fat, your body may consider it as a physical stress and secretes the stress hormone cortisol. One of cortisol’s jobs is to convert amino acids in muscle to glucose to give your body extra energy to overcome stress. But when you’re constantly training and not giving your body any rest, your body keeps releasing cortisol. Constant high cortisol levels negatively affect other hormones and metabolism. It promotes the synthesis of visceral fat, the fat that builds up around your tummy. Make sure you rest up at least 48 hours between workouts that use the same muscle groups. Your muscle needs to recover. Also, take at least 1 day off per week. Your body needs a break once in a while to recover.



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