Weight loss and aesthetic goals have never really been my main motivator when it comes to training myself or coaching clients. I believe in exercise and nutritional wellness because it makes our bodies FEEL better...then a very handsome byproduct of consistency is our bodies start to LOOK better.
Saying that, I do know weight loss and fat burning do have their place in fitness, so if that is your jam, check out this highly-underrated but effective, absolutely free, stubborn fat burning method:
LISS - Low Intensity Steady State
When we think of fat loss, we usually think of two ways to tackle it - high-intensity workouts and calorie-deficiency, meaning burning more calories than we consume.
Introducing LISS - Low Intensity Steady State cardiovascular exercise. LISS is a style of training where you maintain a steady heart rate of 100 - 110 bpm, ideally for 45 mins. (you don’t need a heart rate monitor to measure your bpm, a great tell if you’re in this zone is if you’re able to hold a comfortable conversation)
Here are some examples of LISS exercises:
I want to emphasize that this style of exercise is most effective for burning STUBBORN fat.
What is stubborn fat? It’s the fat on your body that no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you restrict, it lingers.
The key to LISS and burning stubborn fat is this - when we perform this style of exercise, in the absence of insulin, our bodies are more prone to oxidize our stubborn areas of body fat. So that means performing LISS in a fasted state produces the best results.
Knowing this, when is the best time to perform LISS?
First thing in the morning! We’ve already been fasting for hours during sleep.
Here’s the plan - tomorrow morning, first thing, jump into one of the exercises listed above. Who's with me?
Want to be even more effective?
Have a little bit of caffeine before you perform your exercise.
When it comes to stubborn fat loss, it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter.
Is this something you could see yourself trying? I know it’s difficult to accept that slowing down the pace of your exercise might be the answer to achieving your weight loss goals, but it’s definitely worth a try. It’s similar to the concept of increasing our calorie intake to help with weight loss, but that’s for another blog.
Try this and let me know what you think.