In the wake of the tragic death of 21 year old Eloise Aimee Parry, I wanted to write once again about fat burning.
The aim of this piece is to explain all of your options if fat burning is your goal, and to try to illustrate how unnecessary fat burners are if your diet and training is 100% on point.
By the same token, they are totally irrelevant if your diet and training is NOT 100% on point. In which case you have a LONG way to go before you start researching supplements…
RESEARCH - you will see this word time and time again in this piece. It is how I got good at what I do, and how you will too.
I will talk about the ingredients most fat burners contain and the fat burners I sometimes take in the build up to a shoot…
- IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT/FAT – DIET AND EXERCISE IS ALL YOU NEED!
If you want to lose weight/fat the simple fact is that you need to move your body, eat CLEAN (aka all natural) foods, eat small portions of said food and STAY CONSISTENT!
When people say “I’ve tried and tried and I CANNOT lose weight!”, the truth of it is that they tried and tried for a short time and then gave up because it was too hard. Or they tried inconsistently, and the results didn’t come because there was no SIGNIFICANT change. Don’t get me wrong, there can be problematic factors, Thyroids and medications being the most common, but generally speaking if you want to lose weight/fat, you absolutely CAN.
- IF YOU WANT TO RAMP UP YOUR RESULTS, DO SOME RESEARCH INTO HEALTHY DIETING!
I know this to be true because it applies to me. When I started 3 years ago, I ate 100% clean and trained 6 days a week and it was HELL. I cried, I was tired, I was grumpy. I simply wasn’t used to it. My body didn’t know what to think. And this is why I got such great results in a matter of weeks.
HOWEVER, said results started to slow after a few months – why? Because our bodies and very clever and trust me, they will adapt and they will get into a happy and healthy pattern and settle down. If you want aesthetic results, this is when you need to start to do some RESEARCH as to how to advance your diet.
If you do your research properly, you will probably move on to calorie counting first. PLEASE DO THIS IN A HEALTHY WAY, TOO LOW CALORIES MEAN YOU WILL HAVE NO ENERGY TO TRAIN, YOUR BODY WILL GO INTO A CATABOLIC (MUSCLE EATING) STATE AND YOUR TRANSFORMATION WILL START TO LOOK VERY WONKY INDEED.
Or, research could lead you to do a rudimental carb cycle first, so clean starchy carbs pre and post workout only, the rest of the time protein and veg.
The next step will probably be macro splitting within said calorie count. Most start on a 40% protein, 30% carb, 30% fat split and tweak from there over the course of a few months.
And lastly, more advanced carb cycling is probably the last step (that I’m aware of at least), so a calorie count first, macro splits within said calorie count second, and a carb cycle third. It took me 3 years to get to this point, and if health and fitness wasn’t my job, I probably would have stopped at rudimental carb cycle. In fact, I definitely would have.
- IF YOU WANT TO RAMP UP YOUR RESULTS, DO SOME RESEARCH INTO TRAINING!
Fasted cardio (cardio before breakfast) is a great way to burn fat.
HIIT (high intensity interval training) is a great way to burn fat.
Lifting weights builds muscle, and increased muscle means more calories burned even at rest.
Training 6 days a week will get you better results than training 3 days a week.
Switch up your training! If you’re starting to plateau, change your sets/reps/weights/overall routine.
DO. SOME. RESEARCH! THERE ARE OPTIONS!
- BE PATIENT AND BE CONSISTENT, IT MIGHT TAKE A FEW WEEKS OR EVEN A FEW MONTHS, BUT IF YOU STICK WITH IT, THE RESULTS WILL COME!
This is the number one problem both personal trainers and their clients have.
IT IS HARD TO TURN DOWN JUNK FOOD EVERY DAY.
IT IS HARD TO TRAIN MOST DAYS.
So why do we do it? Because we have a goal, we want something, and some things take WORK…
- FAT BURNERS SHOULD ONLY COME INTO THE PICTURE IF YOU ARE ADVANCED WITH YOUR DIET AND TRAINING, ARE DOING ALL OF THE ABOVE AND HAVE BEEN FOR A WHILE, AND YOU HAVE DONE YOU RESEARCH!
Research research research.
How many people take fat burners and have no idea what’s in them? I’d venture to guess most. Why on EARTH are you swallowing tablets if you don’t know what is in them?
How many people take fat burners, can tell you what’s in them, but have no idea WHY? Do you realise that most fat burners are straight caffeine, which you can get from black coffee? Do you realise most fat burners have green tea extract, which you can get from, shock horror, green tea? Do you realise illegal fat burners contain ephedrine, which you can get from taking speed? Do you want speed as a part of your daily diet? No. No probably not.
BOTTOM LINE: If your diet and training isn’t 100% on point, why on earth are you popping fat burners?
Because I don’t believe the ‘CELIBACY PREVENTS PREGNANCY’ theory, I am going to tell you about the fat burners I will take in the weeks leading up to a shoot. Please bear in mind that they are not a daily, weekly or even monthly fixture in my diet, they are a last ditch effort pre fitness shoot.
Also, the fat burners I take are tested to athletic standards, meaning they are 100% safe…
The reason I like Hella is because it doesn’t make me feel shaky or sick like a lot of pre workouts do, it just focuses my training and makes it feel very energetic while I workout. This is probably because it’s 100% natural ingredients.
The fat burning effects are visible after a few weeks, which again is a rarity, and it’s tested to athletic standards which means it’s a supplement athletes are totally fine to take.
Have a look here if you’re interested: http://www.jhbodyfire.com/products.html