How Do I Lose Fat? Fitness Trainer Explains
One of the challenges that our society faces today is the “quick fix” culture that has evolved. People want things to happen instantly, they set a goal in their mind and they want to reach it immediately. Unfortunately, the health industry has put great effort into leading people to believe that they can have a quick fix, and achieve their fat loss goals by using one simple product or plan. They sell hundreds of thousands of people a year on their best selling quick-fix fat loss products. Whether it’s a magic pill you take every morning, a shake you drink as a meal replacement or a beverage you drink once every day, these are simply not the answer. Oftentimes, the revenue and business side behind these products skews people in the wrong direction regarding their health.
Throughout my career as a fitness trainer, the number one question I have been asked is, “how do I lose fat?” When answering this, I focus on building awareness on what nutritional steps can aid in fat loss, and remind people there is no special secret or magic pill that will help a person lose fat. One solution that I look to educate people on is working towards a caloric deficit and eating nutritional foods. A caloric deficit is when an individual eats a number of calories that are less than their maintenance calories, in other words, the number of calories needed to stay at the weight they are currently at. Having a caloric deficit, plus exercising at least 3-4 times a week, is the healthy and proper way to approaching this very popular and misunderstood question on how to lose fat.
When going through the process of losing fat, it is important to understand that you cannot spot fat reduction. Essentially, there are no workouts made specifically to target one area of the body over the other when losing fat, this process is gradual and it happens all over your body. So the next time you see a video on social media with the title “Tummy Tightener” or “Quick 5 exercises to lose stomach fat” don't think that after you perform these exercises that you will instantly have a flat stomach or abs and look like the person in that video who is filling your mind with false information. Everyone’s bodies are different and will change in their own way. Working to lose fat can be slow, and at times a discouraging process, but it can be rewarding as well. Setting goals and taking the time to understand what works best for your body is vital.
Having grown up playing competitive tennis, my passion for fitness and nutrition grew from a young age. In 2018, I graduated from Merrimack College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. I then became NASM certified so that I could expand my knowledge of fitness to those seeking it.
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