Burning fat: the best way to lose weight in a healthy way

To lose weight, burning fat is essential. However, many people do not know how to go about this. In this blog, we will explain to you the best way to burn fat!

When does your body start burning fat?

When your body is in a calorie deficit, it gets fewer calories from food than it needs. Because your body is not getting enough energy to function, it starts looking for other sources of energy. Your body then starts converting your fat into energy by burning fat (also known as ketosis). This process releases ketones, which your body then uses to function on.

The best ways to burn fat

There are several ways to burn fat. With a cardio workout like cycling, rollerblading or walking, your body uses energy from the glycogen stores present in the muscle. A hiit workout requires a lot of energy and increases your metabolism for a long time after you have stopped exercising. With strength training, you burn slightly less fat than with cardio or hiit training, but you stimulate muscle synthesis and ensure that your muscles are built and maintained. With high muscle mass, you then burn more energy at rest. So there is no one workout that stands out. The best way to burn fat is to alternate cardio, strength training and hiit training. Furthermore, you can choose to supplement training aids to burn fat.

Nutrition tips for fat burning

Many people think that following a strict diet is required to burn fat, but this is not necessary. In fact, many people who go on a strict diet fall back into their old habits, causing them to gain weight again. We give you tips that will help you burn fat without having to follow a strict diet.

Choose conscious food

Healthy eating helps you burn fat. Make sure you get enough protein. 

Proteins make you feel full for longer. They slow down digestion and make you feel satiated. This makes you less likely to eat another meal or snack. In addition, they ensure that muscle mass is maintained while losing weight. 

Furthermore, it is important to replace animal fats, also known as saturated fats, with healthy, unsaturated fats. This is because saturated fats increase cholesterol levels in the body, while unsaturated fats decrease cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats are mainly found in plant products such as nuts, seeds, kernels and oily fish. 

An adjustment in carbohydrate intake is also essential while losing weight. Carbohydrates collect a lot of moisture around them. When you eat low-carbohydrate foods, this can cause you to experience less bloating and lose weight. Carbohydrates do not have to be avoided entirely. In fact, they provide important energy to our body that we need for fat burning. It is advisable to take in mainly slow (multiple) carbohydrates. These are highly nutritious and make you feel full for a long time. Slow carbs are mainly found in oatmeal, legumes, lentils or wholemeal pasta. Fast carbs, on the other hand, contain few nutritious nutrients and are therefore better avoided. Fast carbs are mainly found in pastries and soft drinks.

Avoid unhealthy foods

Sugars and processed foods cause a rise in blood sugar levels. This rise causes a lot of insulin to be released to the blood. This then causes the glucose to be absorbed quickly and the blood sugar level to drop (often to below the pre-food blood sugar level). After this rapid drop, you get a sugar dip, resulting in a quicker return to eating. The insulin released causes fat storage instead of fat burning. So it is very important to avoid sugars and processed foods to stay slim and fit.

Which supplements help with fat burning?

There are several supplements and slimming aids that boost metabolism and support fat burning. L-carnitine, for example, stimulates the movement of fatty acids into fat cells so that it can be burned. Caffeine reduces appetite, gives you more energy and supports metabolism. Green tea extract also stimulates fat burning. These fat-burning products are a good addition to a healthy lifestyle.