Unfortunately when it comes to weight loss some of us have to work harder and smarter than others. It would be nice to have won the genetic lottery where you can eat anything because of your sky high metabolism, but that isn’t the case for most people.
Sometimes no matter what we do the fat just does not want to come off. The first thought would to be to cut calories but that can only be done for a short period of time otherwise it can do severe damage to your body.
Instead of driving yourself to hunger by depriving yourself of a meal or two, try using one of these techniques as a last ditch effort to get rid of those last lingering pounds.
Carb cycling involves eating a targeted amount of carbohydrates on your training day which reduces down to about 50% of that on your off days or light training days.
The idea behind this strategy is to stop the accumulation of fat storage on days that you are resting by cutting your intake of carbs, making your body rely primarily on those fat stores for their source of energy.
Carb cycling ensures that you are refilling those glycogen stores which you deplete over time through working out and other daily activities. If you don’t eat enough carbs to replenish these glycogen stores, it causes the well known crash, where your body is just craving for food and you inevitably give in.
You gorge to your heart’s content and end up gaining more weight than you would have lost in the process.
If you don’t know what to eat on training day to get enough carbs, a protein supplement is a good choice. Whey proteins are especially good because of how fast acting they are, if you’re looking for the most quick way to feed your muscles after a workout, whey protein is the way to go.
Fasting intermittently means not that you are fasting necessarily and more that you are limiting yourself to eating within a certain window of time each day. The idea behind this is that on the off hours that you aren’t eating, your body will adjust and use its fat storage as a fuel source, hence reducing overall body fat of the individual.
This technique has shown to be especially effective in older men who are looking to drop that beer belly. Intermittent fasting has been used by many celebrities, the most recognizable being Terry Crews who still has a 6 pack at the age of almost 50 years old.
If you are one of those guys that goes to the gym 6 or even 7 days a week and are seeing little weight loss, your body may need a break.
It may not sound logical, but taking a break from exercise for a day or two can do wonders for your body. If you always seem to be hurting or aching from exercise give yourself a break and take a day or two off.
Don’t worry about losing a day of exercise if that is your concern about taking a day off, if you’re that tired to where it is necessary to do so you aren’t going to get the best out of your workout anyway so take a break.
Dropsets are a great way to enhance your workout routine to give your muscles a little extra work while keeping your heart rate up to give you the cardiovascular benefits of exercise as well.
If you are unfamiliar with a dropset, don’t worry it is rather simple. The concept behind it is that you will perform your normal set as usual, but followed by an additional immediate set. After your first set, you want to drop the weight down(hence drop set) to a more comfortable weight. Take this weight and repeat the exercise for not a set amount of repetitions, but until you are exhausted.
If you use this method just keep in mind that you should be extra careful about calorie consumption if you’re cutting there. Doing the dropsets is going to require more energy and thus more calories. Make sure you are getting enough from your diet to compensate for the additional work you are doing in your routine.