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5 Reasons Why You Can’t Burn Fat and What You Need To Change

By Tatiannalovingfit @lovingfit

Oct 24, 2011 by Tatianna


How To Burn Fat

 

Hi everyone, today I have a guest post for you from Jonathan at World Of Diets, which is a health and fitness site dedicated to providing you with detailed diet reviews and additional weight loss, fitness, and nutrition articles.

 

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Burn Fat and What You Need To Change

 

A lot of women find themselves in a frustrating situation: they watch what they eat and they exercise regularly, yet they can’t seem to shake off the stubborn fat that’s clinging to their thighs, abs, waist, and buttocks.

If you are one of those women and you’re struggling to find a way to finally melt off the fat, this post is for you. I want you to know 5 common reasons why women can’t burn off fat. The good news is that all these reasons can be turned around fairly easily. By making small adjustments in the way you train, you can kick your fat loss into overdrive and get a lean, sexy, feminine figure quickly.

 

Here are the 5 things you may be doing wrong:

1. You only do cardio and not strength exercises and In the 1970s ad 80s, cardio was all the rage. Everyone was told that you needed to do steady-pace cardio at a medium intensity in order to keep your heart rate at a certain range. This was supposed to help you burn lots of fat.

There’s no doubt that cardio can help you lose weight. The problem is that it is not the most effective way to do so, and it may not be enough to get rid of all the fat.

Strength training, which many women think is not for them, is the answer. When you do strength exercises, whether with weights or without, you increase your metabolism. This turns your body into a much faster fat burning machine. You burn more calories during your workouts and continue to do so afterward. Some of Tatiana’s videos show various examples of strength exercises that you should incorporate into your workouts.

 

2. If you do lift weights, you stick to small ones ñ Many women who do lift weights are afraid that if they use big ones that they’ll somehow grow huge, manly muscles.

This is an unfounded fear because most women don’t have the necessary hormonal makeup to build such muscles. The reason why guys can get so big is that they have lots of testosterone (the male hormone). Women don’t have a lot of it, which is why you don’t have to worry about getting huge. In addition, as you can see in my article on how to lift weights without bulking up, lifting heavier weights may actually help you to build tight, compact muscles instead of round, bulging ones.

Lifting heavier weights will also make it simpler to create a high intensity fat burning workout. It’s something you should do.

 

3. You fall for useless products and Late night TV is full of advertisements for fitness products which promise the world and deliver much less. A lot of people fall for these hyped up products and waste their time doing ineffective workouts that may not produce results.

A few notable examples include vibrating ab belts which can’t really strain your muscles, the Shake Weight dumbbell which hundreds of thousands women bought, and various stomach exercise machines that don’t deliver any benefit regular floor exercises can’t provide.

Stop looking for gimmicks and shortcuts. Stick to real workouts that train your muscles and challenge you. Only when you do this can you see real fat loss.

 

4. You do small exercises an If you want big results you need to go big. You need to do big exercises. By big I mean exercises that target more than a single muscle group.

For instance, a squat trains your buttocks, thighs, and calves while a bicep curl only trains your biceps. It’s much more effective, in terms of fat loss, to work more muscles with big exercises. More examples include push-ups, pull-ups, back rows, chest presses, and lunges. Tatiana’s videos are full of such exercises.

 

5. You over-compensate and Everyone knows that you’re supposed to eat after your workouts to feed your muscles and recharge your body. The problem is that a lot of people use their workouts as an excuse to overeat on fattening food. The hours after a workout are the most dangerous time for this because you feel entitled to eat what you want.

The problem is that it’s much easier to eat calories than to burn them. So, you may undo all the good you did in your workouts by eating too much after them.

To summarize, you need to avoid the 5 mistakes I outlined above in order to burn body fat quickly.

  • 1. Don’t do just cardio. Also lift weights.
  • 2. Don’t lift small weights only. Do heavy lifting as well.
  • 3. Don’t look for gimmicks and gadgets. You don’t need them.
  • 4. Work with ìbigî exercises. Don’t do just isolation exercises.
  • 5. Be careful with what you eat after your workout.

If you do all that, I’m sure that you will get fast results in no time. There is simply no reason why you can’t have the body that you want.

Jonathan Dunsky blogs at at World Of Diets where he writes about nutrition tips, fat loss workouts, and health advice. You can follow his posts on his rss feed.

 

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