Updated: Jan 17
If you’re trying to lose fat, you have to imminently make a change to your lifestyle, by manipulating your nutrition and activity levels.
However, though fat loss sounds simple, there are many important considerations to take into account when you are going through that period.
One of those is namely the approach to training while losing fat, as it can make or break your process.
In this article, we’ll go through every important detail regarding fat-loss training.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
One of the underlying principles of fat loss is the so-called “caloric deficit” which implies consuming fewer calories than your body requires to maintain its weight and physiological processes.
In doing so, you allow the body to burn more fat than it stores, thus tapping into your fat reserves and burning them off.
Though a caloric deficit is good for fat loss, it inevitably leads to loss of lean body mass (LBM), along with your fat loss.
Your goal while losing fat is to reduce the losses of lean body mass, in order to retain health, energy, and metabolic rate.
Before you get into training during the weight loss phase, make sure you have the following in check:
A moderate caloric deficit of 400-500 calories
Sufficient protein of ~1g per lb of bodyweight
Good amounts of fat - 0.35-0.45g per lb of bodyweight
Sufficient amounts of carbohydrates (remaining calories after calculating protein and fats)
Once you have these in check, you are halfway there on your goal of preserving LBM.
How Training Can Help You
Besides proper nutrition, training is another thing that can help you retain your muscle mass and keep your metabolic rate up.
Though a caloric deficit is the only MANDATORY thing for weight loss, it is highly recommended that you do your workout sessions as well.
In doing so, you will stimulate the muscle protein synthesis inside of the muscle cells and thus, create a stimulus for greater retention of lean body mass (including muscle mass).
This is mainly relevant for resistance training, which can also be combined with cardio training.
Important Training Considerations
Before you get into the gym and go all-in on your workouts, however, you have to factor in a couple of things.
Otherwise, you risk poor recovery and chronic exhaustion.
Here are our best fat loss training tips:
Lower the intensity (Slightly)
Due to the fact you are in a deficit of energy, you inevitably have to train at a different level of intensity.
Because intensity is demanding by nature, you have to make sure that you aren’t reaching failure far too often.
It is recommended that you work with heavyweights, but not too heavy.
Remember to always leave 1-3 repetitions in reserve, as this is what will allow you to recover well, though you are in a caloric deficit.
Do More isolated movements
Though heavy, compound movements must be at the core of your fat loss workouts, you can also include more isolated movements.
These exercises emphasize one specific muscle group and improve the shape and details of the muscle itself.
Looking for aesthetically pleasing muscle separations? Don’t forget your isolations!
● Flex, flex, flex!
Besides helping you retain muscle mass, training is supposed to bring out the fine details of your musculature during the weight loss phase.
This can be done not only through isolated exercises, but also… Flexing!
That’s right - Just flexing your muscles and holding that peak flexion, can help you further chisel your biological sculpture!
On top of that, practicing posing can greatly help with your presentation and how you feel on your own skin.
Flexing in front of the mirror looks stupid? Not anymore, it has benefits!
During a period of weight loss, you lose both fat tissue and lean body mass, which is every other tissue in the body except fat.
Your goal is to not only lose fat but to also retain as much of that LBM as possible.
To do so, you must ensure that your caloric deficit is moderate and supported by solid amounts of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
After having checked those important points, you must engage in regular resistance training, which is exercised at moderately high-intensity levels, without reaching failure.
In doing all of this, you will set yourself up for the healthiest, leanest, and happiest version of yourself!
So, what is there to lose? Go crush your goals!