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3 Ways to Lose Body Fat You've Never Heard of! Seriously, you Haven't.

Updated on June 22, 2011

When trying to lose weight, you need to be careful to make an important distinction: you are trying to lose body fat, rather than simply weight.

The mass of your body is composed of both muscle, organs and fat. Simply aiming to “lose weight” is not the right way to go about getting healthy. For, if it were, then the simplest way to lose weight would be to simply lop off an arm or leg. Rather, you need to know exactly how much fat you need to lose, and what exactly you need to do to lose it.

That said, a certain amount of fat on your body is natural and normal – don’t be ashamed about it! We all need it to be healthy. It’s when that fat level reaches an unhealthy level that we can begin to panic.

So how can we lose body fat, specifically?

There’s a combination of steps you can take to lose body fat rather than simply focus on weight loss alone.

Firstly, there is exercise. Though what sort of exercise? Simply engaging in any sort of physical activity – although a positive step – can be the wrong thing to do. Some exercises have the effect of – rather than helping you lose body fat – making you in fact increase your muscle mass. They do this by burning fat and converting it into muscle. Typical exercises that have this effect are strength exercises – heavy usage of weights and the like.

If you’re looking for an exercise which is more likely to help you lose body fat than it is to make you gain muscle mass, then the type of exercises you’d be best off trying are cardiovascular. Think running, aerobics, cycling and swimming to name just a few.

The aim behind engaging in cardiovascular exercises is to increase your heart rate for a sustained period of time – at least 20 minutes – so that not only your heart becomes stronger (and you thus healthier) but that your metabolism increases, allowing you to burn and lose body fat more effectively, even in your every day life.

Secondly, there is diet. Unsurprisingly, the type of foods you eat have just as much impact on your ability to lose body fat as your physical exercise regime. Not only that, but the way you eat can have an impact, too.

When deciding on your diet to help you lose body fat, aim not only to eat healthily – that is, by including many fruits, vegetables and white meats into your diet, but also aim to reduce the quantity of what you eat. Portion control is an essential step, and can also have one of the

Having said all of that then, are there any other ways to lose body fat that haven’t been covered before?

It turns out there are, and they’re a little bit different to anything else you’ve heard before...

3 New Ways to Lose Body Fat...

1. Find inner peace. Whoa? Yes, I warned you this would be different. So much of what we do – how we construct the world around us – comes from a place of attachment and dissatisfaction. We live in our minds almost exclusively, to the point where our true selves – our essence – is stifled by our lifestyle and identification with mind. The result can be overeating, alcoholism and more. Most of the time we do it unconsciously. The answer? Start your own path towards making peace with yourself. A great place to start is the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

2. Travel Permanently. Sell everything you own, start your own location independent very small business, and live life “on the road.” What does this have to do with helping you lose body fat? Plenty! By finding a lifestyle that nourishes your self, the happiness you’ll gain simply through “being” every day will help you control not only your weight and help you lose body fat, but will also improve your health generally.

3. Conduct your own adventure. And make it something you don’t think you can do. Walk across Australia? Cycle through South America? Incorporate an intense amount of physical activity into it. Not only will you have an intense sense of achievement at having undertaken such a task, but you’ll lose ALL of that body fat, and it’ll probably stay off completely afterwards. That’s been my experience. The new perspective you gain on your life will be a buzz, too.

Do you see where this is going? By focusing on your lifestyle and your self – not your body and all of the other external factors – your efforts to lose body fat will be much more successful and sustainable. Be at peace with yourself and live the life you want, and you’ll probably never put the weight back on again.

Enjoy your weight loss adventure!


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      tmouse1 5 years ago

      Great advice! Stress really does make you fat. Also, make sure you eat enough good fats. Cut out the canola oils, and all partially hydrogenated fats. Olive oil and coconut oil are much better for you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      So stress really is related to body fat?

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      SaraMarieJames 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I would LOVE to sell everything I own and go on a "permanent" adventure. That sounds so exciting! Diet and exercise can get so boring sometimes so the idea of losing weight by an adventure is almost overwhelming. I may have to give it a try!

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Wonderful Hub on Body Fat...I love sell everything and travel permanently! Walking , which we do every night is wonderful...Life style is so important. Thanks for sharing.