Sometimes certain moments in our lives leave an unforgettable impression. About 5 years ago, I was up late on a weekend night and watching TV. An infomercial was promoting an exercise machine that could help you achieve your weight-loss goals in 6 minutes a day. Six minutes a day...yeah, right! That infomercial got me thinking about how many people buy into fat loss myths. On the part of the consumer, this has to do with a lack of knowledge and hope for the magical workout and the magical diet. Neither of which exist.
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It's not the lack of knowledge on the part of the consumer that bothers me. What bothers me is that there are companies that simply want to prey on your lack of knowledge and your emotional desperation. If you don't know the truth and you're looking for a quick fix, chances are you can be sold just about anything.
The fitness industry is a great place with a lot of knowledgeable people. However, it has its dark side just as any market does. So be cautious about anything that promises a quick fix in just minutes a day.
If you ever see a quick fix promise, always go back to the fundamentals. Fundamentals will never let you down, and they will never lie to you or mislead you.
Today we return to the fundamentals of fat loss. These are the points that always work and never try to sell you a false hope or a false expectation.
There are eight points to consider when attempting to burn body fat.
1. Control Blood Sugar: There is an old saying that fat loss success is 80-percent nutrition. Frankly, I'm not sure what the percentage actually is (no one does). However, based on my experience it's clear to me that it all begins with nutrition. If you don't have your nutrition program "dialed in," you will not achieve success. It doesn't matter how hard or how long you workout. This applies to everyone who starts a diet and fitness program.
Your goal should be to control blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar levels helps to shed fat. This is accomplished by taking in some protein, carbohydrates and good fats spread evenly through the day every two to three hours and by not over eating.
A sample meal schedule might look something like this:
9:00 Small Snack
This method will have a profound impact on fat loss. However, don't forget that calories must still be slightly below maintenance.