The household cleaning product "Formula 409" is named as such because it was the inventor's 409th attempt at getting it right.
Can you imagine all the mess they made making and testing formulas 1-408? It's similar to weight loss products and workout plans. New fads come out every few weeks, one day we are going to see Fat Loss Formula 409. Problem is, we're all going to be old, fat and broke when it gets here from testing the previous 408 Fat Loss Formulas.
The fact is, losing fat is a collaborative process between calorie intake, types of calories, metabolism, calorie burning and timing. Everyone on the planet can lose fat with the proper diet and training protocol.The tricky part about losing fat is that it isn't like Formula 409. If Formula 409 removes Kool Aid stains from your neighbor's counter top, the chances are it's going to do the same on your counter top.
This isn't true with fat loss. We all have a very unique counter top that needs a certain formula to remove the stains. What works for your neighbor will work somewhat for you, but it most likely isn't ideal because of differences in your body type, body composition, metabolism, etc.
There are some things that we know for sure about losing fat that will work for everyone. How we arrive at this point is the variation. Burn more calories than you take in, fat comes off.
To do so, you can either burn more calories, take in less calories, or both. The challenging part is that there are a million different combination of ways to do this; some that you will find very easy and some that you will find nearly impossible to carry out.
The key is to find what works for you. What fits into your mindset, what can you adapt into your schedule, and what will you be able to do consistently?
Below are five easy, and often overlooked, ways to lose fat. Anyone with the faintest desire to lose fat can easily incorporate these into their weekly routine. Putting them all together is certain to result in some noticeable fat loss within a few weeks.
Split up Your Meals
This is simple, straight-forward and effective. You can continue eating exactly what you eat now, however, instead of eating a full lunch at noon; eat half at noon and save the other half for 2:30. Your body will respond by maintaining an elevated metabolism. This means you can eat the same amount, and organically burn more of it off.
Vary Your Cardio
If you do the same type, duration, and intensity of cardio consistently, your body will quickly adapt to this and you will substantially diminish your returns over time. Instead, one day do 45 minutes low intensity on the treadmill, next day do 30 minutes hard on the stair-stepper, go for a jog in the morning one day, do cardio 7 days one week and 3 the next; you get the point.
Changing variables like time, time of day, intensity and type of exercise will keep your body off-balance enough to dig into its fat reserves much easier.