5 Tips to Shed Fat and Shred the Rest

It’s fat loss we want, not weight loss. Weight is too important to lose. Weight is everything from bones to muscle to connective tissue. Fat we can spare.

But before we give fat the boot. Let’s give fat some props. From www.livescience.com:

It’s common knowledge that too much cholesterol and other fats can lead to disease, and that a healthy diet involves watching how much fatty food we eat. However, our bodies need a certain amount of fat to function—and we can’t make it from scratch.

Triglycerides, cholesterol and other essential fatty acids—the scientific term for fats the body can’t make on its own—store energy, insulate us and protect our vital organs. They act as messengers, helping proteins do their jobs. They also start chemical reactions that help control growth, immune function, reproduction and other aspects of basic metabolism. Fat and inflammation is what we are after to lose. Inflammation is the bodies response to injury and it tends to hold onto water. Resulting in a swollen bloated look.

So what is the best way to lose fat?

5 tips to shed the fat and shred the rest

  1. Reduce your carb intake. This is listed first because I know it works. I remember my first taste of reducing carbs when I cut out bread from my diet for a month. I ended up losing 20 pounds and that dumb spare tire in only 30 days.

  2. Lift weights. Lifting weights takes a toll on your body. In a good way. As your body recovers from the lifting session, it relies on stored fat as fuel source.

  3. Drink more water. Think of water as a supplement. You might not feel thirsty, but drink water anyway. A hydrated body is an efficient body. Helping the engine run better and move waste out of the body.

  4. Sleep more. Sleep stimulates growth hormone (gh) your fat burning hormone.

  5. Laugh more. Besides the ab workout from a good laugh, laughter reduces stress. Reduced stress lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol has been shown to stimulate fat storage.

Maintaining healthy fat levels is a life long event. Its not a 6 week challenge. Make this a lifestyle choice. Something you can keep up your whole life.

-David

David Shirley

CrossFit Upland is an Official CrossFit Gym in Upland California. Since 2014, CrossFit Upland has been guiding its members to find their fitness.