Below is a terrific article that de-bunks all of the myths and everything you have heard about how to burn more fat and build muscle. We all want that magic pill to burn the extra fat or build up beautiful muscle. But let’s face it….it took months or more realistically years to put on the excess fat. Why do we think we can just burn it off overnight?
Food Really Does Matter
Fat loss is dependent on what we feed our bodies. You can work out “til the cows come home”, but if you are not leading a healthy eating lifestyle, then you won’t see the fat loss you desire. It is important to keep track of everything you eat. This can be a real pain for some people, but I assure you that you will see the results if you keep a daily food journal. myfitnesspal.com is a great place to help you do this. You can track your food, exercise and find articles and help through their community.
Be sure to eat a clean diet
A clean diet consists of foods that are single ingredient or that have not been processed in any way. Homemade No Bean Turkey Chili is far different than opening a can of pre-made turkey chili. When you prepare meals from fresh, single ingredient foods you know exactly what you are putting in your body. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If you eat cleanly, you will notice a great drop in weight within the first week and steady weight loss from there which should help to keep you motivated. It is wise to also cut out sugar, caffeine and any artificial sweeteners or products you use with your meals.
Calories In vs Calories Out
I am sure you have heard this so many times, but what does it really mean? If you eat more calories than you expend/burn then you will gain weight, if you consume less calories than you expend, then you will lose weight and lastly if the calories you consume are equal the calories you burn then your weight will remain stable.