Tired of diets that don’t work? This post is for YOU!
The common mistake that people make when they decide to get fit and healthy is that they often aim for weight lost instead of fat loss.
I see too many girls obsessing about the number on the scales. In fact, to say the truth, at the beginning of my fitness journey I was weighing myself everyday. With time, I realised that if you want to get a toned lean body, then fat loss is key to achieve your dream body!
The formula is really quite simple and is based on 3 core principles:
1. Stop long cardio. Start weight/strength training and HIIT ( High Intentensity Interval Training)
I used to think that in order to loose fat you needed to spend hours on the treadmill. Then I discovered that I was wrong. In fact the key to burning fat and getting lean is to build muscle. This can be explained by the fact that when you have more muscles you burn more calories, even when you aren’t exercising.
When I switched my workouts to strength/weight training and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) I started to notice a big change with my body. HIIT can be define as “short and intense workouts where you perform one exercise after another with little or no rest in between”. This type of training can enable you to burn way more calories then traditional cardio. The combination of weight and HIIT turns your body into a total fat burning machine!
2. Do Not Overtrain!
Rest is essential if you want to see results. In fact, we all need a day off to rest in order to allow the body time to recuperate. Rest days are important as they enable your muscles to heal and regenerate after extensive exercise. If you don’t integrate rest days into your workout routines your body will go into overdrive and you won’t get the results you want.
Moreover, sleep is also a key component to help you achieve your fitness goals as a lack of sleep can affect your ability to lose weight. Studies show that people who get an adequate amount of sleep each night, which is considered to be 7 to 9 hours, generally weigh less. Therefore, getting enough sleep is also important to enable your body to heal.
3. Go for a healthy living lifestyle, not a crash-dieting.
For many years I thought that in order to burn fat I needed to seriously restrict my calories intake and go on major deprivation diets. Please, if you are following a deprivation diet make sure that you stop it NOW as they DON’T WORK!
Let me explain why these diets don’t work:
- You need to fuel your body with whole nutrients to get it functioning at optimal levels and burning fat.
- Calorie restrictive diets create long-term metabolic damage as your body is not receiving enough nutrients for its good functioning, which can make you tired and even sick.
- In some cases, you can also gain more weight than when you started the crash diet. This can be explained by the fact that the more calories you cut, the more the body tries to hold on to its fat stores.
What is the solution? STOP buying packaged processed foods and FILL UP your fridge on:
- lean meats
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- wholesome nourishing foods like brown rice, gluten free pasta or quinoa
- Have six little meal per day to stimulate your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine!
Written by Masha’ael Peerbux.