Everyone is always asking how to burn fat fast. They want to lose 10 lbs for their beach vacation in a few weeks or they read about a new cleanse that will shrink their waists in no time.
However, when I hand a client dumbbells instead of telling them how to cut calories, they tend to give me a confused look. Here’s the thing: the key to fast weight loss isn’t dieting; it’s about making smart choices, over time, that increase your calorie expenditure.
One of the ways to do that? Strength training.
How to Burn Fat Fast: build lean muscle
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about the correlation between building muscle and burning fat. Some resources will tell you that you can only do one or the other at a time. You need to consume more calories than you expend to build muscle, you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight.
The truth – Strength training can burn just as much as, if not more, fat than cardio. Yes, cardio can shrink you down. But this shrinking includes not only fat but MUSCLE. Strength training yields a high EPOC (or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). To put it simply, this means that your metabolism is revving. If done correctly, your EPOC can stay elevated anywhere from 24-48 hours after your strength training session.
So, while cardio burns more calories DURING exercise than strength training does, the EPOC stops once you step off the treadmill. With strength training, You continue to burn calories for almost TWO DAYS after you’re done exercising!
I want to help women stop being afraid of dumbbells and weight training. When you want to know how to burn fat fast, think about a combination of diet, cardio AND strength training.
Do you have more questions on how to burn fat fast? Would you like some help with a customized strength training plan? Contact me using the form below – I’d love to help you!