Losing body fat comes from two complementary processes:
- An effective exercise program
- A healthy diet
As you can probably tell, being complementary also means you need to use both processes in your quest to burn excess fat from your body. Many people look to diet pills, powders or other quick fix methods of helping to burn body fats, but in reality the safest and most permanent route is to combine exercise and diet.
The abs are always one of the most difficult areas of the body to get definition / tone - especially if you drink beer and eat lots of takeaways! But persevere and you will get there in the end.
The most effective ways of burning calories are as follows:
(Please continue to the next page to read about healthy diets)
- Cardio workouts : This means steady sessions of running, biking, stepping, rowing etc. Two to three sessions of at least twenty minutes per week will improve your health and fitness, and help to burn calories.
- Interval training : Interval training is an incredibly effective way of burning calories (and thus fat), for two reasons. Firstly, more intense workouts such as this burn more calories per minute than steady cardio workouts. Secondly, they increase your metabolism - the speed at which your body burns calories.
- Weight training : For years, many people, particularly women, have avoided weight training, afraid they would 'bulk up'. Now, however, people are beginning to understand that far from bulking up, weight training will add a small amount of muscle that will not only improve their appearance, but also burn more calories - each extra pound of muscle that you add will burn anywhere from 15 - 35 calories per hour, 24/7!