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Our bodies tend to naturally burn fat as a fuel source, but have you ever wondered if you can train your body to burn fat more efficiently? Today, I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can better train your body to burn fat.
Today, I want to share some great ways you can help your body become a better fat burning machine. So often in our busy lives, we want to hear about the quick fixes or shortcuts to achieving our health and fitness goals. But sometimes taking a little extra time and planning your fitness routine in advance can get you better results and help you burn fat faster.
As a speed-based athlete, I was never a fan of any type of endurance style training. The idea of walking or running for more than 60 minutes sounded like torture. After having my children, however, I realized that the occasional extended workout had great benefits. It was not only great for my waistline, it was also great for my mind. Now I can honestly say that I look forward to my longer training days. I have my music playlist ready, and I truly enjoy my alone time running on the long trails. My cardiovascular fitness level has dramatically improved since I’ve started my endurance training, and I feel the benefits in my shorter sessions, too.
There are so many ways that you can burn fat, lose weight and tone up. It just takes the willingness to break out of your comfort zone, and to add a few of my tips into your week.
Make Time for Endurance Training
Try to make time for long cardio workout sessions at least once a week. Running, walking or cycling at a comfortable pace for an extended period of time is a great way to ensure that your body is burning fat. Your body uses fat as its fuel source for the majority of your long workouts. Once you start to push yourself and increase your intensity level, your body will tend to burn stored carbohydrate for energy. Try to stay at about a 6/10 intensity level. I believe that spending 60-90 minutes focusing on yourself each week is also healthy for your emotional well-being.
Do Some Interval Training
I am a huge fan of interval training, because of the post-workout fat burning effects. During a high-intensity interval workout, your body is using carbohydrate as a fuel source, but the recovery process will burn fat. Interval-style training takes less time than steady state training, and you can get incredible fat burning results from doing just a 30-minute workout. Try to train in this style two days per week.
Building lean muscle mass will help you burn more calories, even while resting. It takes more calories for your body to sustain lean muscle mass than it does to sustain fat, which means building muscle makes you a better fat burner in the long term. A strength-based workout also pushes your body to recover; therefore, you get double the benefits and will burn fat long after you leave the gym.
The fuel that you choose has a direct effect on the results you’ll get from your body. Focus on ensuring you have a good balance of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein every day. Pay special attention to consuming protein within 30 minutes of your workout, especially on your long workout day. Also, be sure that you have a small amount of carbohydrate after your workout to help restore your body’s muscle glycogen.
Get Some Rest
During rest, your body adapts to the demands that you place on it. If you’re working hard five days a week, using two days to allow your body to recover and regenerate is a good idea.
There are so many ways that you can push your body to adapt and improve. I feel that being balanced with your exercise routine and your personal nutrition is the perfect plan to become a more efficient calorie and fat burner in the long term. Consistency is one of the keys to success, so dedicate five days of the week to being active and exercising. If five days a week isn’t possible because you have a busy schedule or you’re new to fitness, remember my favorite saying: “Doing something will always get you better results than doing nothing at all!”
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).