I often have people who are struggling to achieve the body they want ask how to lose fat. These are the five most important things you want to focus on when trying to lose fat:
1. Calorie Deficit.
You will NOT lose weight without a calorie deficit. You must burn more calories than you consume. People often ask what they should eat to lose weight. Well it really doesn't matter too much. What people should be asking is how much they should be eating. Eat whatever fits your preferences, as long as it keeps you in a deficit.
2. Adequate Protein.
Calorie deficit is the number one thing to focus on for weight loss. The thing is, weight includes water, fat, and muscle. To preserve as much muscle as possible and lose more fat, you need to consume sufficient protein. You want to be sure you eat enough protein, especially while in a calorie deficit.
3. Strength Training.
Strength Training is important, even during the fat loss phase, because it helps maintain muscle mass. There's no such thing as "tone"; "tone" is muscle. Unless you want to achieve a skinny fat look, keep lifting those weights.
4. High NEAT or Some Cardio.
What is NEAT? It stands for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. To achieve high NEAT, you just need to keep moving: take the stairs instead of elevator, bike instead of drive, daily step goal, etc. This will keep you burning more calories through the day. Walking on the treadmill after lifting or doing some form of cardio will help increase calories out also. Is cardio necessary? No. However, in addition to increasing calorie burn, it's also good to do some cardio for general health.
5. Overall Consistency.
You have to continue doing these things consistently to achieve results. Don't give up after a week. Progress takes time. Do you have to be perfect? Nope. But you want to stay on track a majority of the time and eventually the changes will come!
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Arielle is a certified fitness trainer, certified sports nutritionist, fitness enthusiast, and bikini competitor who has been involved in fitness since 2011. She also is studying for her Doctorate of Health Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science.