by Matt Basso | January 2011

3 Things You Can do to Burn Fat

I'm always focused on the small easy steps that one can take to make BIG CHANGES in their body FAST.

Here are 3 great ways to start burning fat Today....Even if you can't leave your home.

1. Body Weight Squats.

Squats are one of the greatest exercise you can do. Performing squats requires your entire body to activate and using the larger muscles of your legs forces your metabolism to fire up. Of course if you have some weights you can hold them while you perform the squats, but if you don't body weight squats are great too.  Do 5 sets of 20 reps fast. Take 30sec rest between sets and START BURNING NOW.  That routine won't take you long at all and the results are worth it.

2. Drink More Water.

An increase in water uptake can decrease fat deposits!

Kidneys need water to function...If they are not functioning properly then the liver must work harder...Your liver already works very hard and if it has to help your kidneys it will spend less time metabolizing fat....NOT GOOD

I don't know where you are reading this from, but here in New York it is cold and snowy. During the winter months it is even easier to become dehydrated. When we are cold we tend to drink less. However, we need to drink more because we spend most of our time in heated buildings where the humidity is very low. This leads to our bodies becoming dried out. Aim for drinking a gallon of water a day. Carry a water bottle around with you so don't forget to drink. STAY HYDRATED AND BURN FAT!

P.S. Water can also suppress your appetite. So instead of that brownie...Drink Water.

3.  Write Down Everything You Eat for a Week

Before anyone begins a meal program with Iron Lotus PT they are required to write down their food intake for 7 days. I've been asked by other trainers "why so many days?" "Isn't 3days enough?".....NO 3 days isn't enough.  In any given 7 day period work or school, travel, and weekends have great effect on what we eat. Three days just doesn't provide enough information.

Begin your 7 day food journal TODAY.....I guarantee when you go back and read everything you put in your body you'll realize where that extra weight is from!

Having that information will allow you to realize the times you are the weakest and develop a plan to avoid making the same mistakes.


So there you go, 3 easy things you can do to burn fat!



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