Rob Poulos, author of Fat Burning Furnace, lost a combined weight of over 101lbs with his wife Kalen using flab-targeting techniques that really work. These tips yield unusually fast results, so let’s dive right in!
- Exercise Efficiency. Let’s face it, we’re all busy. Finding time for the gym or money for a personal trainer is near impossible, so a workout routine that can be performed infrequently and quickly with great results is necessary. Forget aerobics and cardio routines and swap them out for high-level intensity combined with fitness training exercises performed in fairly rapid succession. What this will do is burn fat for up to 3 days post workout, so you’re able to exercise less frequently while still doubling or even tripling the amount of fat loss occurring versus more typical types of exercise.
- Micronutrients First! If you’re hoping to stay lean, you need to consider what you put into your body from a micronutrient standpoint. Instead of stressing over your protein, fat, and carb ratios, focus on eating the majority of calories from foods loaded with nutrients: vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. A diet rich in these foods supplies the body the nutrients it needs to burn fat optimally while also getting rid of the hunger and cravings that plague dieters.
- Cross Crunches off your list. While six-pack abs are an essential marker of optimal health, performing exercises that targets fat burn in a specific area of the body are simply myths. The only way to get rid of that annoying belly fat, thigh fat, arm fat, or any other type of fat is by lowering your body fat percentage overall. Problem areas exist simply because there are more fat cells stored in that area genetically. And while we can’t lose fat cells, we can shrink them by creating a calorie deficit through proper dieting and adding lean muscle to your body. And if you still want that six-pack, try barbell squats a few times a week, which will do more for losing belly fat than 1,000 crunches a week.
- The scale is not The Judge. First thing’s first: fat loss and weight loss are NOT the same. When we want to measure body fat, we have to take our body’s composition into consideration, not how much we weigh on a scale, but how much of that weight is fat. Also, remember, muscle weighs more than fat! In terms of losing body fat, forget the scale, and instead track your body fat percentage with a skinfold caliper.
- Know your Numbers! If you’re not tracking your weight, body fat percentage, time spent exercising, and nutrition, how can you measure your success? Without having a weekly/monthly log to reflect on, your progress will be difficult to decipher if you’re not sure what’s working for you and what isn’t. Remember: you can’t win if you aren’t keeping score!