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I think the world is finally waking up to the fact that burning belly fat and building six packs is not based on thousands of sit ups or running marathons. It is built on efficient, HIIT based training combined with maximising lean muscle for metabolic efficiency and of course, being smart in the kitchen.
Boxing is the ultimate fat burner because it engages your whole body and requires speed, agility, cardiovascular fitness, strength and power. There is a reason boxers are some of the fittest people in the world, not to mention some of the leanest.
2. HIIT Circuits
HIIT is undoubtedly the best way to burn fat. They’re short, sharp and challenging but the reason they are so effective is because they produce EPOC (excess post-oxygen consumption). EPOC raises your resting metabolic rate – the rate at which your body burns energy when at rest, for 24 hours or more post-workout.
3. Interval Running
Interval running is an epic fat burner. Similarly to HIIT workouts, a shorter interval session will lead to a higher EPOC than a longer, steady state cardio workout like a long run. These short bursts of max efforts pushes your body to the limit and makes it work harder to return to normal.
4. Resistance Training
It is still such a common misconception that the best way to burn fat and lose weight is to endless amounts of cardio. While cardio is definitely still a great way to burn calories, you will become a much more efficient fat burner if you incorporate resistance training into your routine. This is because the more lean muscle mass you have the more calories you burn at rest.
So, if you’re serious about burning belly fat better than ever before, you need to look at your weekly routine and ask yourself these questions:
- Is there some form of HIIT training at least three times a week?
- Am I performing some kind of resistance training at least twice a week? Remember, this doesn’t have to be weights. Any form of resistance training to tone and build lean muscle will work.
- Am I moving my body in some form every day?
- And last but not least, am I working hard and doing all of this great training only to undo it all with crap nutrition?