Today I want to have a conversation with you on the topic of fat burners…
Now, I’ve got to tell you, I get these questions all the time! And more specifically whether or not YOU should be using them, who should be using them… And if not, what are some alternatives to take instead. I want to go ahead and dive into to that topic and clear the air for you.
So, to Answer the Blaring Question: Do You Need a Fat Burner?
Well, the simple answer is no. You don’t need a fat burner.
A fat burner isn’t needed in a plan to help anyone lose weight. Now, is it an option to have in there, kind of, sort of… There are some instances where I say one can use one, but for the majority of you out there, you don’t need a fat burner in the equation.
And the reason I say that is because when you rely on things like pills, fat burners, potions, “this/that/and the other”, and all that “magical stuff”, you are not truly learning what your body needs in order for you to get to the next level.
So yeah, you might drop a lot of weight, and you may see the scale drop and all that other stuff, but at the end of the day if you’re not doing it in a way that is going to be consistent with what you have to do to keep that weight loss, you’re just going to rebound back.
Therefore, it’s better for you to learn how to lose weight and change your body without relying on fat burners! And so, let’s talk about how you should do that.
Tip #1: Your Fat Burner IS Your Diet
The number one thing I say to every single client that works with me (or any other person that asks me questions about fat burners) is that, “Honey – your fat burner is your diet, okay!”
You need to get that diet together, and more specifically make sure that you are eating in a caloric deficit.
There are simple ways to go about doing this, even if you want to keep your caloric deficit a bit on the conservative side. After you figure out your maintenance calories, start with a 15% deficit from that total. This amount should set you up to be in enough of a deficit to see your body start to respond.
Now, you’re probably wondering why did I say a 15% deficit versus deducting 250 to 500 calories from your maintenance calories (a common idea shared in the fitness world)?
Well, if you’re a woman who’s on the smaller side and you’re supposed to be an eating around 1300 calories or even 1400 calories for your deficit, and you take 250 away from that, you’ll be starving yourself! You’re going to be eating such a small amount of food on your overall plan. and that can be more detrimental in the long run.
Instead, by taking a 15% deficit, it more realistically puts into perspective a caloric number that makes sense. It also doesn’t jeopardize your long-term health.
The beautiful thing is that you now can put that into motion, see how the body responds. You can then go up and down from there depending on what results you’re seeing, and how far you want to push your diet.
Tip #2: Stay Fully Compliant
Now, the next you have to make sure you are doing is staying fully complaint to whatever plan you put in place for yourself.
Whether you’re following a meal plan, or you’re doing “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM), or however you like to eat, you’ve got to make sure that you’re being compliant!
And , here’s the thing…. Compliance does not mean perfection! Compliance simply means that you strive for eating on plan 90% of the time. For the remaining 10%, that’s where you might slip up a little bit, enjoy your cheat meal, or have some dietary freedom. For the most part, you need to make sure that you are on your plan, that you are consistent, and that you are not giving yourself too much leeway in the meals department.
Keep in mind (again), it’s the diet that is going to drive fat loss.
You’ve got to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to be consistent.
Tip #3: Track Your Food
The next thing you go to do is track your foods.
I’ll tell you what.. You have no idea how many times I have asked a person who wants to lose weight, and who wants to see their body change, “Hey, so how much are you eating a day calorically?”
And you know what… They have no idea!
Look, if you have no idea of what’s going on, how can you fix it? And how can you change that?
So, start tracking your meals, PRONTO! There are some amazing food trackers and apps out there.
Personally, for my clients we recommend MyFitnessPal.
- We work very closely helping them to make sure that they are hitting their numbers
- We make sure that they are setting up their meals throughout the day in a way that makes sense for them.
- And most of all, we ensure that their set up allows for flexible dieting.
So I encourage you to start tracking things immediately. Start analyzing how much you’re eating, and what you’re putting into your body. When you start taking control of your diet, that’s where you’re going to really see things change.
Tip #4: Your Training is the OTHER Fat Burner
Now the final tip that I have for you today is in the training front, so here’s what I want you to do…
Instead of using those fat burners you’re going to use your diet, but also, we’re going to use your body to rev up your metabolism.
We can effectively do this by tweaking your cardio, specifically. You should include intervals, or high-intensity training, anywhere between three to four days a week (depending on how advanced you are).
With the interval training, you can do them on any machine in the gym. You can also go outside and hit up some running, biking, or even stair climbing. The idea is to make sure that you’re getting your heart rate way up for about a minute or less, and then allowing yourself to recover for about that same amount of time. Most importantly, you want to focus on getting your heart rate really up there for a short duration.
Here’s a tip… For the work (sprint) interval, I like keep it to a minute or less. In reality, that’s truly high-intensity interval training – and when you do that, you’re going to start seeing your metabolism revved up!
You’re going to get hungrier… Thus you’re going to be burning more calories.
Now, don’t give in to the temptation to eat more! Know that hunger IS going to creep up on you. Keep in mind that your body is responding positively to what you’re doing, and you moreover that you are burning fat without the use of a fat burner.
So When is it OKAY to Use a Fat Burner?
There are some times where I am okay with clients using a fat burner, and usually that’s for of my competitors.
I say this because when you compete in bodybuilding, within any of the divisions, the leaness that you need to achieve (and what the judges are looking for) isn’t very natural to the body.
So, having a fat burner in there is really helpful. However, the key is that it’s only used for a short amount of time. This can be anywhere between four weeks, six weeks, and twelve weeks depending on the person. And making sure that when you reach that show date, you come OFF of them afterwards.
And, that’s where a lot of regular people who are not competitors go wrong! When they use fat burners, they tend to stay on them way too long and it causes problems with their adrenals, and more down the line. Once the adrenals are shot, that comes with it a host of other problems in stopping you from losing weight and changing the body the way you want it to be.
This is why I say, the only place where I am ok with people using fat burners is when they are competitors. Furthermore, they have a date in which they’re going to stop using them and go back to their regular normal lifestyle.
Are You Ready to Take Your Transformation to the Next Level – Fat Burner Free?
Well I hope today’s post was helpful for you!
I hope that it inspired you to look at things a little bit differently… And see how you can really step up your game in the kitchen when it comes to nutrition, and in the gym – to help you to change your body forever.
Listen if you’re reading this right now, and you love what I have to share. But more importantly, you feel like it’s speaking to you, and you want to find out more about how we can possibly work together… Then, I want to invite you to come on and find out more information.
Your success is in your hands… All you have to do is make the move, and take the first steps to contacting me today.
I look forward to speaking with you further about your goals, and see if we can work together to help you to transform your body for good.