As a personal trainer, one of the most common questions I get is, what’s the best way to burn fat? The truth is, there are a number of very effective ways to burn fat. But if I am to suggest the single best way to burn fat, it’ll be to perform such a simple task that you may not believe will work, and that’s, of course, until you tried it. The easy answer to this question lies in a basic understanding of how the body processes food and what happens after you go to bed at night.
3 SURPRISING BUT EFFECTIVE WAYS TO BURN FAT
1. EXERCISE WHEN YOUR BODY HAS NONE OR MINIMAL AMOUNT OF FOOD ENERGY
Immediately after you eat a meal and over the next few hours after that meal has been consumed, you have a ready supply of energy. It’s the energy from the food your body uses as its first choice of fuel supply for any activities you perform.
If you’re trying to burn fat, exercising directly after a meal is, therefore, not the best time. So, it makes sense that to burn fat at the most effective time will be to exercise when your body has a minimal amount of food energy in its system or none at all.
2. EXERCISE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Without a doubt, the best way to burn fat is to exercise first thing in the morning, after you wake up and before eating. The reason for this is your body has its lowest level of blood sugar than at any other time in the day due to the fact that you haven’t eaten since the day before.
Exercising at this time is so effective that you’ll burn fat at twice the rate than you will in the afternoon or evening. It usually takes most people about 10 to 15 minutes of continuous exercise to get their heart rate to a necessary level to start using the fat for energy, but once at the increased heart rate, your body instantly starts going into fat burning mode.
When I say increased heart rate, I don’t mean that of an Olympic sprinter. I simply mean at an increased rate due to simply walking at a brisk pace, and I do not mean running, You don’t have to get your heart rate to the rate it’ll be at from running. In fact, walking is better than running in an effort to burn fat as the body uses fat as its energy source when the blood sugar levels are low and the heart rate is only marginally elevated.
The body will tend to burn muscle as an energy source when the heart rate is elevated from a high impact aerobic exercise like running. This is because high impact exercise needs a better quality energy source than fat can provide, so the body uses amino acid-rich muscle tissue as the better quality source of fuel.
3. EXERCISE BY BRISK WALKING IN THE MORNING
Like I mentioned earlier, there are many ways to burn fat, and early morning is not the only time you can burn fat through exercise. If you had limited time to exercise in your busy schedule but able to make time early morning, brisk walking at this time of the day will give you the best results.
I have personally witnessed many people over the years that have achieved great success in losing significant amounts of body fat from walking for just one hour after waking each day or as often as possible and doing so without much change to their diet.
However, to get the best results in the shortest possible time, I believe a mixture of regular exercise and a quality diet is always the best plan of attack, and when you get to your ideal body weight, you can play around with your diet a little and still splurge every now and then on your favourite foods.