How to Burn Stubborn Body Fat
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
How to Burn Stubborn Body Fat by Dr. Jade Teta
This superb article by Dr. Jade Teta deals with metabolism and how managing your metabolism to burn stubborn body fat is vital, especially in the long term. Dr. Teta discusses spot reduction, how stubborn body fat and other fat differ and the best strategies you can use to burn stubborn body fat.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Stop trying to exercise a specific body part or area just to burn stubborn body fat from that area. While technically spot reduction is possible, it’s not at all effective.
- Use an eat less and exercise less (ELEL) or eat more and exercise more approach (EMEM) to decrease adaptive thermogenisis or “starvation mode” in the long term.
- Cycle your ELEL and EMEM approach every 1-2 weeks to further prevent metabolic compensation (Again, think “starvation mode” folks).
I found the article extremely insightful.
While the simple eat less and exercise more philosophy has been a constant for years in the fitness world it’s important to look at the long term effects of this. Why?
Think about this for a second, have you ever lost weight or dropped your body fat but then gained it back?
If you look at the show “The Biggest Loser” for example you see this happen every time. Contestants lose lots of weight fast, but after the show end up gaining weight back due to the extreme diet and exercise they used throughout the show.
Long term fat loss success has a great deal to do with metabolism and if you’re chronically in a severe caloric deficit you’re making it difficult on yourself to have sustained success.
I found the cycled ELEL and EMEM approach intriguing.
Over the course of a year you could adjust your approach to fit your lifestyle.
When you have a particularly busy week you could try the ELEL approach and during a week where you have more time you could try the EMEM approach.
Regardless of what strategy you decide on using to burn stubborn body fat just remember that you still need a reduction in calories, just not a chronic reduction. Proper exercise, nutrition and nutritional supplements all play a role in this.
What should you do next? Just go!
Choose something you can apply to your life and take action. What have you got to lose?
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