To lose body fat, you must create a calorie deficit. There is no other way. A calorie deficit means that you burn more calories than you consume every day. There are two ways you can create this calorie deficit: 1) decrease your caloric intake from food, or 2) increase the amount of calories you burn through exercise.
Both methods should be used, but of the two ways, burning the calories is healthier, more efficient and more permanent. That's where the phrase "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" comes from: It means, don't starve the fat with low calorie diets, instead, Burn the Fat with exercise. It also means keep your muscle mass intact at all costs with weight training and sufficient amounts of nutrient dense food. Losing muscle is unacceptable.
Paradoxical as it may seem, the secret to fat loss is to allow yourself to eat more (of the right foods) and use exercise to burn off the fat. Ironically, most people do the opposite: They slash their calories to starvation levels and exercise little or not at all. This slows the metabolism, decreases lean body mass and invokes the body's starvation response. Exercise allows you to create the calorie deficit and burn fat without slowing down the metabolism.
It's amazing what can happen to your body when you put nutrition, cardio and weight training all together at once. The results are "synergistic." "Synergy" means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy means that 1 + 1 + 1 may not equal 3, it may equal 30, or 300! In other words, by using this combination correctly, you can increase your results exponentially!
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