What is the fastest way to burn fat without getting bulky?
That’s the question I hear the most when I meet new clients. They want fast results but are afraid to lift weights and get bulky. Most of them have tried jogging in the morning for 30 minutes or joined a weekly Zumba class without any serious results. Although Zumba can be very fun it won’t give you the outcome you are looking for. Others have tried doing those online or magazine workouts that promise you a 6 pack in less than 30 days and didn’t see any results either.
Let me break it down for you.
If you are doing a thousand crunches to get rid of the fat around your stomach you are most likely wasting your time. Sit ups will strengthen your abdominal muscles possibly making you bigger around the waist, growing under the fat, unless you change your diet as well. Same thing with bicep curls, you will not get rid of those flabby wings.
Our bodies store fat in some areas more than others and in a certain order, which is different for everyone. When we start working out and dieting, the body will burn fat in those areas.
The point is, your body might burn fat around your arms first, then your thighs, your chest, then your butt and finally around your stomach. No matter how much time and effort you spend on a target area it doesn’t mean you will burn fat around that area. It can be very frustrating.
If you want faster results, I strongly recommend big compounds movements that target lots of muscle groups at once such as deadlifts, squats or push ups. By doing so, you will force your body to work harder to rebuild all of the muscle fibers that were recruited, burning calories even hours after the workout has ended. High interval training with compound movements is also a great way to achieve results in no time! Keep in mind, lifting weights for 15 reps or more at a time will work your endurance and it will encourage slow muscle growth. So you will not get bulky any time soon.
Don’t forget that your diet is responsible for up to 90% of the fat burned! Eating well will help you achieve the results you want.
Lifting weights doesn’t mean you will automatically start looking like a Crossfit athlete. Unless it’s what you want, it takes a lot of years of specific training to look that way. Like I always say, if getting bulky was easy, steroids would never be used in the world of bodybuilding. Everyone could be a bodybuilder. But no, it takes a lot of work and a lot of food prep to build big muscles.
Until then, don’t be afraid to pick up some weights at the gym and enjoy the results without being scared of bulkiness.