Fat loss is a numbers game – if you burn off more calories than you consume on a regular basis, you WILL lose weight. There are no exceptions to the rule.
Of course, there are some people with a seemingly Ferrari-like speed metabolism that just look at a treadmill and seem to lose weight, while others get a whiff of a Mars bar and feel like they are putting fat on.
But the fact still remains – if you create a calorie deficit on a consistent basis it is simply impossible not to lose fat, according to body transformation expert Chris Wharton.
It is important to search out calorie burning opportunities throughout the day, but with most of us being relatively time poor – with work, family, social commitments – finding time to exercise can often be tricky.
Chris said: “A great way to carve out some time for this is by combining your workouts with your down-time.
“With Brits watching an average of 3 hours 51 minutes per week of television, this gives a lot of us a great opportunity to get a quick, interval style workout in, without missing ‘I’m a Celeb’.”
Chris suggests three simple exercises you can do, but remember – every little helps when it comes to creating a calorie deficit. Your workouts do not always need to be long, arduous and complex. Keep it short, simple and regular for the best adherence and results.
Optional extra – high knees
As an optional extra, try adding in a more dynamic drill such as high knee sprints on the spot, star jumps or burpees, to get your heart and lungs working a bit harder.
Aim for 30-60 seconds between each round.
Complete all of the above as one circuit before resting for 60 seconds. The aim here is to have as little rest as possible and repeat the whole round at least three times.
Chris added: “It goes without saying that there is more to getting rid of your belly fat than a short workout like this alone. Focus primarily on making sure your nutrition is in check and that you are keeping as active as possible throughout the rest of the day.
“Take your fat loss journey one day at a time. Small wins like the short circuit above, will not only help chip away at that daily calorie target and improve your fitness, it will give you a sense of accomplishment as your finish your last rep and settle down to enjoy Strictly (or whatever show floats your boat).”
Chris Wharton is the Co-owner and Director of the Better Body Group, a chain of gyms in the South East that specialises in body transformation, injury rehabilitation and improving fitness performance, all delivered by graduate-level personal trainers. Find out more on the website www.betterbodygroup.co.uk.