The Best Way to Lose Fat

I’m sure I speak for all personal trainers out there, the number one question I get all the time from new personal training clients is ‘What’s the best way to lose my fat?’ Well I am about to tell you the number one fat loss method I tell all my training clients, but before I do that let me run through and explain some to the various methods and fat loss theories out there.

HIT (High Intensity Training)
High intensity training is designed to be short, fast and hard. Less than 30 mins to boost your metabolism and increase the beneficial hormones that aide fat loss and minimise the negative ones.

Weight Training
Using heavy weights to stimulate larger/denser muscles. By having more muscle on you your resting metabolism will be higher and be burning more calories.  More muscle is like having a bigger engine on a car, it burns more fuel.

Long Duration Training
Long duration training burns more fat because doing cardio for more than a hour depletes your bodies sugar stores and forces it to switch to burning fat.

Dieting
By putting yourself in to a calorie deficit, your body is forced to make up the deficit by using your body fat as calories. Cutting out sugar reduces insulin and thus reducing fat storage.

So which one it best I hear you cry??? Which one do you tell your personal training clients to do??? Well none of them, because each done alone also has negative impact on fat loss.

HIT (High Intensity Training)
Not a great fat burner because the sessions are so short your bodies sugar levels are not depleted and it has no reason to switch over to burning fat.

Weight Training
An actual weight training session does not acutally burn a massive amount of calories, in an hour session half of it could be spent resting between sets.

Long Duration Training
The negative impact of this is that protein is used a fuel for long duration exercise, which mean muscle mass diminishes, which slows your metabolism down, burning less calories at rest.

Dieting
Dieting alone also eats away at your muscle mass, thus slowing your metabolism. Have you ever done a diet before and you have lost weight for the first couple of weeks then stopped losing weight? Your metabolism slowed down.

If a personal training client is wanting to lose fat I get them doing a routine that uses all four of these methods. If you are doing one of the above and the fat is not shifting, try all these methods in your routine. By incorporating all of these methods into your routine you will counteract the negative effect of each one. Losing fat is not an overnight thing either, any workout routine you do using all four of the above should be done for a few months, so make sure you persist and are consistent with your workouts.

Fat loss, as my personal training clients find out, is actually quite easy once you have got all the fitness basics covered HIT, weight training, endurance and nutrition.

If you are having trouble in this area of fitness and would like some help, why not set up a personal training session with me CONTACT and I can set you up a fitness routine to put you on track to fat loss. 07947 049889 pete@petegriggs.com