What is fat you ask? Well, there are three types of fats in our bodies. Essential, reserve, and excess body fat. Essential body fat is exactly how it sounds; it is “essential” to protect the body of diseases and protects our organs. Reserve body fat is the fat that our body uses for “fuel.” Excess body fat is the fat that is over the amount of essential and reserve fat, which causes serious health risks such as diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes, and heart attacks.
WAYS TO BURN FAT
Don’t think of cardio as a bad thing. In fact, depending on your goals (weight loss, leaning, toning) you will want to incorporate cardio into your workout regimen. My all-time favorite cardio is the Stairmaster because it works your glutes and thighs along with burning that fat. I typically like to do 20-30 minutes on the Stairmaster after I’m done with weight training.
Another type of cardio that is sure to get your heart rate going is HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which involves an interval of high-intensity exercise, followed by a short period of rest time. For example, 30 seconds of high knees followed by 30 seconds rest time and repeat. I love to incorporate these exercises in between sets of my weight training or even at the end to help with endurance, fat loss, and toning all over.
What is fasted cardio? Fasted cardio is cardio that is done when your body is not processing food anymore and your insulin levels are low, thus allowing your body to burn more fat during a workout. When your goal is to be lean, you will definitely incorporate fasted cardio into your workouts. For example, when I was prepping for a show I had to do fasted cardio to continue to lower my body fat to be stage lean. Of course, this all depends on what goal and “look” you are striving for. When I first started doing fasted cardio I thought I was going to die or pass out because in my head I thought it was so bad to jump on the Stairmaster or elliptical without eating something. I quickly learned I wasn’t going to die haha!
Fat burners are all up to you if you decide to take them it is totally your choice. If you ask me if I take them my answer is, No. They are said to speed up the process of burning fat, however, I simply choose to do it all the natural way through my workout routines. They are also said to amplify your metabolism and energy but I can typically make it to the gym with my own energy from a pre-workout meal or a pre-workout supplement. It’s all YOUR preference and what YOU want!