Reduce Body Fat

If your goal is to become more lean, you need to reduce body fat. Sorry, but you will find no simple quick fix or "fad diet" here.

This tip is essential if you want to get a "sixpack" ab look. An ab workout strengthens your abdominal muscles. But, no matter how strong your abs get, nobody will see them if you've got body fat in front of them. Therefore, you need to compliment your ab workouts with aerobic exercise and a healthy diet. This theory goes for all muscle groups, from arms to legs.

For aerobic exercise, incorporate at least a 20 minute run or cycle into your workouts. Other ideas include aerobics, cardio sculpt or spin class. I recommend doing this prior to your resistance, or strength training workout. This will ensure that your muscles and joints are nice and warm and will reduce the likelihood of injury. For an increased calorie burn, try interval training, which are short bursts of high intensity training.

If you want to get a great workout in you have to beging with fueling that workout. Not eating in an effort to reduce body fat is not a good plan. For a healthy diet that will fuel strong workouts, eat a balanced diet low in saturated fat and rich in healthy carbs, protein and fiber. Never skip breakfast. Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than large ones. I'm not going to recommend any fad diets. Balance is the key. Don't go overboard. As long as you combine a balanced diet with regular aerobic exercise (at least 20 minutes per day, 4 - 6 days per week), you should see improvements.

Whether your goals are to look better, improve your health or simply fitting back into your favorite pair of jeans, this simple plan of reducing your body fat will help you reach your target.

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