How to Burn Fat Fast -- The Big Picture
Understanding how to burn fat fast can be important in certain situations. This page gives you the big picture. Elsewhere on our website, we provide you with information about the best fat burning diet foods. That page link is on the menu navigation buttons.
There are three major sources of energy (calories) from food: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These are the three “macronutrients.”
In addition to using the fat burning foods, it is important to understand that it’s the ratio of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate) you consume that is important with respect to weight loss.
It’s natural to be lazy, to do as little work as possible to obtain your goals. Your body is the same way. It utilizes (processes, burns) macronutrients in the order that is easiest for it. Here's an important explanation.
Critical point about how to burn fat fast
When digested, all carbohydrates (even the healthier natural ones like low carb vegetables and low carb fruits) become/turn into sugar.
And because it’s easier for your body to utilize sugar than either fats or proteins, it will use the energy derived from carbohydrates before it will use the energy derived from either fats or proteins.
So, since it’s easier for your body to utilize the energy derived from fats before it will use the energy derived from proteins if there is no sugar for it to utilize, it will utilize fats rather than proteins.
Therefore, if there is sugar for your body to utilize, it will store fat. And so to burn fat fast a low carbohydrate diet (with adequate protein and fats) is effective because it provides your body with far less carbohydrate.
Why do our bodies work this way? It's Mother Nature's design. Our bodies evolved this way and they can be perfectly healthy without any consumption of carbohydrates.
Here’s an important additional consideration about how to burn fat fast: since protein is more difficult for your body to utilize than either carbohydrate or fat, it burns more calories processing protein than it does when processing either carbohydrate or fat.
That is called the “thermic effect” of protein.
To take advantage of it, consume plenty of protein. Get one-third or so of your calories from protein.
Just doing this will cause your body to raise its metabolic rate.
The best way to do that is to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day and to ensure that each of those meals has sufficient protein. Also, drink plenty of water to aid your body in processing that energy.
In addition to eating properly, the other important tool when it comes to how to burn fat fast is, of course, raising your metabolic rate by doing more physical work or exercise.
Surely you have noticed that overweight or obese people tend to be inactive and that people who are active tend not to be overweight or obese.
How should you begin if you are now inactive and want to exercise?
Two types of exercise are best to burn fat fast
After getting your physician’s blessing, there are two kinds of exercise that are each very effective.
The first is based on the important fact that the greater your quantity of lean muscle, the more calories you will burn throughout the day.
If you are restricting carbohydrates, and we recommend no more than 25 grams of carbohydrates daily on most days, this means that you will burn more fat if you are more muscular.
You can become more muscular by doing strength training. We have an entire section of this site devoted to strength/weight training. You will find direct links to those pages listed on our site map/index.
Yes, it’s hard work. However, it is very, very beneficial. Furthermore, you can get all the strength training required in just two 30 or 40 minute sessions weekly if you make proper use of the compound exercises (such as squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, dips, and chins [or pull-downs]).
The second is based on the important fact that high intensity fitness exercise burns additional calories for many hours afterwards as well as during the exercise.
Yes, it’s hard work. However, because it is intense, it must be brief. We teach how to get a sufficient amount of high intensity fitness exercise very briefly. Excluding warm-ups and cool-downs, it’s possible to get sufficient fitness exercise in just 9 minutes weekly!
You understand all you need to know about how to burn fat fast if you understand the importance of eating well – especially restricting carbohydrate consumption and ingesting sufficient protein –and regularly doing the right kind of strength training and the right kind of fitness exercise.
There is some good news: these methods are synergistic. They work excellently together so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
We caution you, though, about making more than one significant change at a time.
Instead, please make one change and focus on it for two or three months until it seems natural and becomes automatic or habitual. Then tackle another.
If you follow this procedure, in six or twelve months you will be genuinely delighted with your results.
As long as you maintain your new behaviors, you are going to look better, feel better, be more energetic, and be healthier. Furthermore, your results will last for five or ten years and, we hope, long beyond that.
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