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The primary goal of people looking to lose weight is to make that scary number on the scale go down. However, this shouldn't be the primary goal. The primary goal should be to lose the most body fat. When we workout we might lose weight by losing body fat and gain some weight in the form of lean muscle. Ask yourself what you can do every day to help your body burn the most fat. Here are the top 5 ways to increase your daily fat burning.
1. Workout in a Fasted State
What does this mean? This might be the opposite of what you've heard. There are many articles talking about the best foods to eat before and even during a workout. What you need to realize is that your goals are different than a athlete. Athletes need this fuel to have a supply of energy during the workout. Our goal is different, we want to lose weight by burning fat.
If your body is loaded with pre-workout carbs than you'll be using these carbs as energy rather than burning stored body fat for energy. When your stomach is empty your body is forced to get energy by burning fat cells. The best way to do this is by exercising in first thing in the morning. Intermittent fasting is a fat burning principle that is often combined with the Ketogenic diet for fast fat loss.
2. Drink water
Start your day off by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. German researchers did a study and discovered that participates drinking a 16 oz glass of near freezing water, showed a metabolic increase of about 30 % for about 10 – 50 minutes after the consumption occurred. Water is important to keep your metabolism working. Stay hydrated all day, it helps to always have a water bottle with you.
3. Strength Train
It's well known that the more muscle mass you have the more fat you will burn when resting. This is because it takes more energy to maintain muscle. There are a bunch of health benefits of strength training. You can build lean muscle either by strength training with weights or simply by strength training using your bodyweight.
4. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT workouts are amazing at burning calories and will burn more calories that steady cardio. You can complete a more intense exercise program in less time if you focus on intervals, which will end up burning more fat. HIIT also produces something called the after-burn effect. What this means is that your body will burn more fat and calories over a 24 hour period vs a steady state type workout.
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