I mean if you wanted to earn more money you’d ask a rich person, right? And if you wanted to learn about the business you’d ask a successful business person, right? If you want to lose weight and reduce your body fat, you’d ask a skinny person, right? Wrong. Skinny doesn’t mean healthy and skinny doesn’t mean you have a good metabolism either. There are plenty of skinny people out there who don’t exercise and eat crap.
Skinny fat people- A health hazard
These skinny fat people are a walking health hazard. If you want to lose weight, ask a lean person, not a skinny person. Go to the fat loss experts. Take advice from the leanest people on the planet. Ask a bodybuilder. Or speak to a fitness model. That is what these guys do for a living. “I don’t want to be a bodybuilder” I hear you say. That’s fine! I’m not asking you to be. I’m just saying if you want to learn how to lose the maximum amount of body fat then the leanest people on the planet are bodybuilders and fitness models. You don’t have to become one. You just have to learn from one.
Want to burn fat?
Now here’s a tip from the bodybuilder world on burning fat. And I promise it won’t make you look like a bodybuilder! When bodybuilders want to get into single digits in body fat (as low as you can physically can) here is what they do. They walk fast. That’s it. You see bodybuilders know that running “in the fat-burning zone” isn’t the best way to do your cardio. And it isn’t the best way to burn fat either. It puts pressure on your joints. It’s boring as hell. And it is also notoriously bad for your muscle mass. Instead, bodybuilders like to walk fast. Or they might do an easy workout on the cross-trainer while they watch TV in the evenings. Something low or no impact.
Adding resistance to your workout
To get the maximum benefit from walking you have to do it fast or you have to add some resistance. For example, If you like the outdoors then find a route with lots of hills, or wear a backpack, or they pull a sled (which I guess you could replace with a pushchair if you know a child you can borrow). The extra resistance will raise your heart rate a little higher and get fat burning a little faster. So there you have it. Get out and walk fast for 30 – 45 minutes, enjoy the fresh air, the great outdoors, and do it before breakfast when your body fasts from a good night’s sleep. It’s low intensity and easy on your joints. And it predominantly uses fat for fuel.
An Alternative to Running
Now there is a caveat. Bodybuilders lift weights and they’re super-strict with their diets too. The combination of lifting weights, eating well and low intensity, low impact cardio is what they do. It works. But if it’s not for you then I have an alternative. Don’t walk, don’t run. SPRINT! As fast as you can. When you sprint you burn more calories per minute (so you can burn more calories in a shorter period of time) and you’ll raise your EPOC. That means you’ll continue to burn body fat when you stop exercising and the fat you do burn will be visceral body fat. This is the fat inside your body cavities, around your trunk and abdominal area, and the stuff that surrounds your organs. It’s the fat that makes your belly round and it’s more dangerous to your health than subcutaneous fat – the fat that’s under your skin.
Give your body some time to adapt
Moreover, sprints build muscle. That’s a good thing. Our muscles give us shape and they make us strong. Muscle is alive and needs feeding, So by having more muscle you have a higher metabolism which means you burn more calories per hour even if you do nothing. So if sprinting sounds like it’s up to your street then start simple with short 10 second bursts. The easy way to burn body fat is to get out there and start walking every morning. Before breakfast. The intense way is to start sprinting. Start with short bursts (say 10 seconds) and build up to 20 or 30 seconds bursts. Sprinting is a powerful thing and when I’m at my leanest sprints is what gets me there.
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