Once you get in the zone, burning fat can be very easy. I know, easier said than done, right? But maybe you just don't have the right tips and tricks in your arsenal to help you get started on the right foot.
So here are three of the most important things you need to be doing to get your fat burning workout program started properly.
1) Use www.fitday.com to figure out your food intake.
You can't just "wing it". You can't "eyeball" your food intake, as research shows that even nutritionists underestimate how much food they are eating.
If you don't know whats going down your throat each day, you are going to eat way too much food and never burn the fat. If you aren't losing fat, it's a simple numbers game. You are eating too much. And if you know your numbers, its easy to make the necessary changes.
As one client said on the message boards...
"Ok, I input all my meals on Fitday yesterday, including 2 cheats that I didn't think were a big deal. One was a handful of trail mix and the other was a handful of goldfish crackers. (yes, I have kids :-) ) I can't believe how just those two seemingly harmless snacks added up!! No wonder I have a muffin top! Yikes! So thanks for the tip about Fitday because that's going to keep me accountable."
The little things add up so quickly! You'll be amazed when you finally start counting your calories that you will often be far above your recommended intake.
A little bit here and a little bit there is all that is needed to sabotage your efforts.
Use it and lose it!
2) Use the right recovery pace in your interval training
The biggest mistake people make in interval training is working too hard during the recovery period.
If you continue to work at a hard pace when you should be almost resting, you wont get the true benefits of interval training.
So lose the cardio mentality and be sure to alternate between periods of harder than normal exercise, and very easy exercise.
If you don't know about interval training, here is how it goes.
Start with your normal warmup. Let's say walking at 3.0mph on the treadmill. Do this for five minutes, and then increase the speed to 3.8mph (a fast walk). Do this for 30-60 seconds (as long as you are comfortable doing it - don't do it if you feel that is too fast for you).
Drop the intensity way back to three miles per hour.0mph for 60-90 seconds. That is one interval. Go back and forth between working hard and going easy for 3-6 rounds. Then finish with a 5-minute cool-down.
Use the recovery period to recover!
3) Plan your food intake on the weekend
Set aside time to plan, shop, and prepare several days worth of meals. Use a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to cook some chicken breasts, prepare some raw vegetables, wash your fruit, and pack up your nuts.
Plan ahead and you won't succumb to vending machine follies, or gas station sabotage on your diet.
Its that easy.