Sometimes a not to do list is more effective than a to do list due to the simple fact that avoiding something is easier than adding something new to our already hectic lives. When it comes to fat loss, even if you’re doing “all the right things”, a few mistakes can derail your results.
By following these critical “not to do” items, you’ll be well on your way to a lean physique.
Do Not Hit The “Fat Burning” Setting On Cardio Equipment
The ironic thing about the “fat burn” setting on exercise machines is that it doesn’t burn fat! To torch those love handles, you have to sweat and you have to work. That means hard running or peddling, preferably with all-out interval training.
A study published in Circulation found that interval training outperformed steady-state cardio in terms of overall fat loss, even though the interval trained group exercised for a fraction of the time.
Do Not Do Cardio On An Full Stomach
When hitting the weights, it’s critical not be in a fasted state in order to remain anabolic. However, research shows that cardio done while fasting is much better at shedding away fat.
You don’t have to starve yourself before your spinning class, but it’s wise to wait at least 2 hours after your last small meal before starting cardio.
Do Not Do The Same Thing Every time
While there’s something to be said for sticking with what works, if you only do sprints or only ride the exercise bike, you’ll eventually plateau. Once and a while mix up your workout routine with something completely different like power yoga, team sports, or a dance class.
Do Not Avoid All Carbs
It’s become popular to bash carbs as a cause of belly fat. While certain carbs can certainly induce fat storage, it’s not the case with all of them. It’s wise to avoid processed carbs like white bread, pasta, and sugar but it’s just as wise to include healthy carbs like beans, fruits, and veggies into your 6-pack diet.
Do Not Try To Spot Reduce Fat
No matter what late night infomercials will have you believe, it’s impossible to target fat in a particular area. If you want to get rid of fat in your abdomen, thighs, or butt, you should focus on eating a healthy diet and doing cardio regularly.