3 Tips For Faster Fat Loss
A common request we see here at SWEAT is for tips on fat burning. To many people, it might sound simple — fewer calories, more movement. But we wanted to take it a little further than that, and to give you some tips to make informed choices. That way you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly, rather than making short-term changes that don’t help you months down the track.
So, let’s talk about a few ways you can speed up fat loss.
1. Cut back on sugar
As we already know, diet has a huge impact on weight loss. You can be training hard on a regular basis, but if you aren’t adjusting your diet to match your goals, the results aren’t going to be as good as you hoped. With that in mind, reducing your sugar intake doesn’t just cut the number of empty calories you’re taking in!
Sugar and high levels of fructose (which can also be found in refined carbohydrates), can actually drive forms of hormone production that signal to your body to retain fat. Excess sugar can cause your pancreas to increase the levels of insulin production. High levels of insulin can promote fat storage, and because your body is busy focusing on insulin production, other hormones can become unbalanced. Your body may become stressed, which leads to cortisol (the stress hormone) production. Increased cortisol can push your metabolism into conservation mode — making it harder to burn fat.
2. Double-up your training
Don’t panic — we’re not telling you to train twice every day. What we mean is a combination of high-intensity exercise and strength training can help with fat loss. When you train to a high intensity, the demand on your body’s energy levels is higher. This means you deplete your glycogen stores (which provide energy) faster and begin burning fat.
Training with weights can also help you to add lean muscle. When you build lean muscle, you become more metabolically active. Your resting metabolism is increased, so you can continue to burn calories even after your workout. Combining weight training with high-intensity exercise can help you to achieve faster fat loss.
3. Drink more water
This is the EASIEST thing you can do for fat loss. Seriously. Fill your drink bottle with fresh water and drink. When you don’t get enough water, your body will hold on to what it does have. This can leave you feeling bloated, as well as slowing down your body’s processes. Your muscles need water to burn calories and a lack of water can also slow down your metabolism. When you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, you flush away (literally) bloat and water weight.
It can feel frustrating to work out regularly and not lose fat as quickly as you want to. But even making a small change to your routine, like drinking more water, can make a difference. These tips should help you to speed up stubborn fat loss and see results sooner.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.