How to Burn Fat

Posted by Rene Harwood on

 

Isn’t this the £50,000 question? How do you best burn fat so that you can enjoy a life with the thin, trim and healthy body you desire and, quite frankly, deserve?

Fat Basics

First you have to understand what fat is. Fat is a substance in your body that accumulates when you eat too many calories. This is a fairly simplistic definition, but it gets the point across. Take in more than you need and you’ll begin to grow in size.

Fat not only looks bad, but it is dangerous to you in that it affects your body’s systems and doesn’t allow them to operate as intended. For instance, too much fat in your circulatory system clogs your arteries and obstructs the flow of blood throughout your body. Excessive fat around your organs stops them from efficiently working as designed.

Ways to Burn Fat

Luckily, there are a few ways you can burn fat. One of the most basic is to exercise your cardiovascular system. When you increase your heart rate and work your body on a regular basis, you begin to use up any excess fat that your body has been trying so hard to hold on to.

Some ways to do this are by walking, running, cycling or swimming. Basically, any activity that keeps your heart rate elevated for an extended period of time will do the trick to reduce the amount of fat in your body.

Another way burn fat is to increase your muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, which means that your body uses more calories all day long the more muscle you have. Effectively, when you focus on building your muscle, you become a fat burning machine.

Increase the amount of muscle you have by strength training, or resistance training. Work your upper body (your arms, chest and back) and your lower body (your abs, thighs, hamstrings and calves) on a regular basis and your fat will effectively just begin to melt right off.

You can also burn fat by eating a diet that gives you slightly fewer calories than you need. In an effort to retain energy, your body will use your fat stores to make up the difference. Aim for a diet rich in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables.

There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of fat in your body. Pick one to slim your body in a slow and steady manner, or do all three and kick your fat burning into high gear. Either way, you’ll start to see less of you which, in this case, is a good thing!