Monday, August 17, 2015

The Easy Eating & Exercise Formula For Getting Rid of Body Fat

Still tired of body fat that doesn't seem to want to come off with endless amounts of cardio? Stop being a cardio queen and focus on your nutrition first and foremost.

I spent about 2-3 years of my life overweight. It wasn't until I changed my diet that I actually lost my weight. Some of you may even recall that I didn't workout during this time as I was SUPER uneducated about health & fitness and what it really took to create a strong, lean body. 
I ditched alcohol, processed foods, high calorie meals, heavy carbs, soda, and sweets for fresh, whole foods. I also learned to cook my own meals and stopped eating out at restaurants. Let me tell you this: fried and sugary foods will KILL your body. Don't eat them!

I ate clean for 9 months and educated myself on the topic so much that I dropped 45lbs during this time. But, I was left "skinny fat," meaning I had zero tone. I was skinny, but I was still wobbly and flat in places. I looked like an adolescent boy!

I realized that what I had been doing (clean eating) was only partially the right thing to do and that I needed to add HIIT exercises and strength training to the mix to add curves back, lift, and tone my body. So then, I focused on pairing my healthy diet with actual muscle building workouts. I began lifting weights and learning how to do squats! I continued this all throughout my pregnancy.
I also included HIIT sessions are proven to help reduce belly fat faster than steady-state cardio. Here are some examples:

Perfect 10 Workout
Crazy Eights Workout
Dirty Dozen Workout
Lean Body HIIT Pyramid
10 Minute HIIT

Getting rid of body fat isn't easy, especially since there is no set way to spot reduce, but you can learn to work each body part to your advantage and eat healthy to get into the best shape of your life.

In order to lose weight or build muscle, you cannot have one without the other. 

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