What are the fastest fat burners?

I am still on my quest to lose 20 freaken pounds. I found these tips last night and I think they seem good. They are labeled “Fasted Fat Burner Ever!” You know you want to look!

From Health.com, a few of the tips shortened:

Jogging keeps your body burning more fat later.

Switch between walking and jogging – I am doing this more now and am gradually working up my jogging time without feeling like I’m going to die. (I feel like I’m going to pee but not die. Freaken babies.)

Doing your weight lifting reps slowly increases strength. (Totally guilty of blowing through my reps on weights. It still take me 40 minutes to get through the weights workout but I do the reps fast. I will try to slow down.)

Lift heavier weights with less reps to burn more. (I always wondered about that.)

Do your strength training before cardio to burn more. (I do usually do that.)

Listen to fast-paced music – you will go longer and burn more. (I think this is true but often I end up watching the TV because I forget the music.)

(There are bunches more on the site. So check them out.)

Let me know if you’ve tried any of them and what you think?

What helps you burn weight faster? What have you had the greatest success with?

52 comments Add your comment

Photius

February 9th, 2011
12:22 pm

Eat less – exercise more.

Everyone fills out with age however I will not put up with a fat spouse, period – the end. I will leave her if I come home only to realize my wife has morphed into Blubbo the Whale – buh bye, take half – I’m gone. No woman should ever way over 200 pounds and yet this happens all too often.

Throw out the junk food, get it out of the mini van – eat better, eat less – exercise more. Don’t pork out. The exact same thing applies to men as well.

Some men are into huge women – not many. If you were cute at your wedding but since have ballooned and now prefer “stretchy pants” – drop the weight before hubby decides to drop you.

Me

February 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

Is it not as simple as burning more calories than you consume?

iRun

February 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

It really is about diet when it comes to losing weight, not exercise. I mean, exercise is good for your health no matter what. A fit fat person is healthier than a sedentary thin person, bar none the research shows this.

But if you want to shed the weight you need to eat less. In fact, pare it down to 1200-1400 calories/day (for women) if you want to lose 1lb a week. Don’t expect or try to lose more or faster.

And stay consistent.

It’s not easy. I know. 3 years ago I lost 80 lbs. Though Photius, not because I was afraid my fantastic and sympathetic husband was going to leave me…I was MISERABLE weighing 217lbs…there are ZERO women out there who WANT to be fat. For 95% of women it was easy to stay slim before the age of 25-26 and you hardly had to work at it. Somewhere between then and 35 for 50% of women the metabolism somehow completely crashes and they gain weight. And sure, you start maybe getting a bit too much satisfaction out of each meal rather than other things in life.

Whatever. End of the day, nobody likes to be overweight and everyone who’s ever lost a significant amount of weight, even 20lbs, finds it VERY hard. Those of you still struggling and unhappy, you have my complete empathy.

It’s hard. I won’t lie. But it gets easier as it starts to work.

And don’t let my screenname bias you. Yes, iRun and iRun a lot, but I started doing that AFTER iLost aLot aWeight.

Running helps me now to keep it off but it wasn’t the key to me losing it. Had to stick to 1200 cal/day for 9 months to shed 80lbs.

Best of luck.

JATL

February 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

The walking/jogging combo and kettle bells! LOVE kettle bell workouts -they’re efficient, fast (about 45 min.) and they deeply work your core while giving you a cardio workout.

If you want to drop weight you have to cut caloric intake. My suggestion is to get off of “white” foods and even with whole grains -limit your carbs. Quit eating white sugars and flours and you’ll be shocked at how much better you feel -and how much flatter your tummy becomes. Stay off of them for awhile, and they’ll also start tasting pretty nasty to you if you do eat some. Stay away from fast food -period. This will also be much better for your kids. Drink between 64 and 100oz of water per day. The 64oz rule isn’t for everyone -it’s actually for average height/weight. If you’re overweight or taller than average, you should drink more.

JATL

February 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

@Photius -what about men? Should a man ever weigh over 200 lbs unless he’s over, say, 6′3″? I hope you’re nice and fit and trim! Women don’t like squishy, middle-aged bellies rolling all over them either. I don’t think anyone really wants a gigantic spouse unless they have a fetish, but I hope your wife understands just how conditional your love for her is! I also know several women who are 5′9″ -5′11″ and they weigh 200-210. This puts them about 15-20 lbs overweight. So, yes, they’re overweight -but not enormously so. You would call them “pudgy” as opposed to horribly obese.

Jeff

February 9th, 2011
1:02 pm

Just be active and care about what you eat. You don’t have to be crazy about it. If you are less ideal than you want to be, you didn’t get there in a week or a month and you won’t get out of it in a week or a month. Consistent patience. Just like other issues we discuss here.

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JJ

February 9th, 2011
1:17 pm

Cut out the soft drinks, cut out the fast food, ditch the sugar, throw away canned veggies & fruits. Incorporate more fresh fruit/veggies into your diet, eat a salad every night with dinner. Eat 6 small meals a day. DO NOT deprive yourself of anything. Portion Control. EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE. Just going up and down the stairs while commercials are on tv will burn some calories. Keep moving. My 80 year old mother does aerobics three times a week.

Park in the furthest parking spot from your destination you possibly can. Be thankful you are healthy and CAN walk.

Walk the dog every day, at least one mile WITH the kids, put the little one in a stroller. I have finally convinced my neighbor to join me on my afternoon walks with my dogs. We do 2 miles a day, weather permitting (unless it’s raining, we are out there).

Get outside and PLAY with the kids, buy bikes and the whole family can go riding at any local park. Take them to the park. Suwanee has outrageous parks with plenty of play areas. Organize a game of kick ball with the neighbor kids. Throw away the video games and get you and the kids off your butts!!!!! GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!!!!

In a few months it will be warm enough to go hiking. I’m dying to go to The Hike Inn, it’s a 5 mile hike to the Inn, then 5 miles back.

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Diet and exercise….mostly diet.

Lori

February 9th, 2011
2:22 pm

It’s diet…I lost 25 lbs. To do it, I had to really cut back on what I ate. I tried to be good about eating the right things, making sure I got enough protein, etc. I had to completely cut out my vises (like mexican, pasta, icecream) all together. My exercise routine was basically walking a lot, and some light weights. I saw a trainer who suggested I do three sets, increasing the weight with each set slightly and decreasing the reps. It seems to be pretty successful. But again, without having your diet under control, no amount of trotting around the block is going to help.

JJ

February 9th, 2011
2:33 pm

Weight Watchers is THE BEST weight loss plan to go on. NOTHING is forbidden. That’s where some fall off the diets……..when you CAN’T have something you want it all that much more.

Weight Watchers teaches portion control, and assigns points to EVERY FOOD, including restaurant foods. The meetings are great, and you get a ton of information, not to mention motivation. You weigh in every meeting, but no one knows your weight. They post it in your little book, and no one sees it but you and the person at the scale. You get so you look foward to the meetings…….

I’ve been very successful with WW. I lost about 30 pounds and have not put it back on. It’s all about portion control, and exercising/burning more than you are putting into your body. But, we all have to keep moving.

JATL

February 9th, 2011
2:55 pm

@JJ -You don’t have to wait for spring to go hiking! I went on a great hike outside of Dahlonega a few weekends ago, and Red Top Mountain and Sweetwater State Park have people on the trails just about every weekend unless there is a snow/ice condition. Hiking in really cold weather feels great! Definitely go to The Hike Inn -very cool!

hoodtechie

February 9th, 2011
4:09 pm

smoke crack cocaine it will definitly curb your appetite for meals

Pat21

February 9th, 2011
4:21 pm

Sparkpeople is great for tracking calories and excercise. And even better… its free!! All you have to do is supply the motivation!

SayWhat!!!

February 9th, 2011
4:21 pm

“I also know several women who are 5′9″ -5′11″ and they weigh 200-210. This puts them about 15-20 lbs overweight. So, yes, they’re overweight -but not enormously so.” – JATL, 12:58pm

You’re delusional. A 5′9″ male who ways 200lbs., unless he’s into bodybuilding, is about 30-40 pounds overweight! So the same would be true for a woman. And 30-40 pounds of excess weight is FAT, not ‘pudgy’.

As most folks here have said, simply burn more than you consume, which I admit was much easier back when I could run. A knee injury squashed that but walking still works.

SayWhat!!!

February 9th, 2011
4:23 pm

“smoke crack cocaine it will definitly curb your appetite for meals: – hoodtechie

LOL! Yeah, I understand meth is great for losing weight, too! :lol:

marimom

February 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

@Photius – I divorced my ex-husband because he made comments to me like the ones you have posted here – 2 weeks after I gave birth to our 2nd child. There is more to a person than her (or his) number on a scale. FYI – I am a trim and fit 125 pounds now – his loss.

SayWhat

February 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

Photius – you don’t deserve a wife of any size.

SayWhat!!!

February 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

BTW, Ms. Giarrusso, great thread. Some good tips. 8)

SayWhat!!!

February 9th, 2011
4:28 pm

Oh, looks like someone can’t think for themselves when it comes to a blog moniker.
That second post @ 4:25 wasn’t me.

mcope

February 9th, 2011
4:31 pm

If it’s “white” don’t eat it. Also, great download for your iphone “Couch to 5k” or “Couch to 10k”. I have lost 20 lbs over the last 3 months doing these two things and I feel great

JATL

February 9th, 2011
4:33 pm

@SayWhat!!! -unless you’ve seen the women I’m talking about, I don’t guess you can really be the judge of that, can you? And, at 40 lbs overweight, you will look overweight, but you don’t have the huge rolls of fat spilling over everything like people do who you think of when you think “whale-like” or “huge” or anything.

Check out commonsensehealth.com (I don’t dare put the actual link because it will never get out of the “waiting for approval” queue). It also depends on the frame size and age of the person.

emack06

February 9th, 2011
4:37 pm

I 5′9 1/2 and currently weigh 225 lbs. I was at 243 in august. I did a sleep study for sleep apnea. Doc told me I had to lose weight. I will probably never be below 200 lbs since I am a body builder. People say you have to diet to lose weight. The word diet suggest something that is temporary. You have to have a life style change. Choose to eat better foods. A formula that workds for me is: 40% veggies, 20% fruits, 20% protean, 10% carbs. Fruits and carbs in the morning, mostly protein and some veggies for lunch, mostly veggies and some protein for dinner. Do not eat after 8:00 pm. Give your body 4 hours to digest food prior to bed. Get 8 hours and drink water throught out the day. You are guaranteed to lose weight. And of course execerise. My goal is 210. my waste was a 40 now Im down to wearing cloths I have not worn in years.

J Lo

February 9th, 2011
4:38 pm

I just can’t seem to lose this butt!

Ruff Ruff Ruff

February 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

It is all about consistency and not getting frustrated. Being healthy is a LIFESTYLE. I’m 5′6 175 lbs with less than 2% body fat. I get to the gym 4-5 times per week, eat 5-6 meals per day and take egg whites for extra protein. It works good for my diet as I like being short and buff. That may sound a bit egotistical at the end there, but it is ok. Feel good about your body. No one loves it more than you and the more you love it, the better you will take care of it.

Good luck to everyone out that that is trying to reach their goal. I started my journey for years ago and I love it every day. Just find what you need to get started and you won’t regret it.

Works for me!

February 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

No alcohol & sugar will drop the pounds in a hurry. Eat more protein & veggies. Less starchy carbs and white products.
Dance your way happy:)

atlrob

February 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

Play the game of Squash. It is the number one cadio workout across all athletic activities.

light

February 9th, 2011
4:49 pm

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NaomiJones

February 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Low-carbing definitely sheds weight off for me in the short term. Long term weight loss and maintenance I generally monitor how much I’m eating (ie tracking calories) and workout 4 – 5 times per week for at least 30 – 60 mins. Shed 30lbs and kept it off for 2 years thus far!

ramsey

February 9th, 2011
5:03 pm

EVERYONE knows the way to lose weight.
The formula is SIMPLE: Burn more calories than you take in.
Putting this into practice, not so simple…

Honestly, what worked for me was finding a routine that I could live with & stick to consistently.
That was becoming super-disciplined Monday-Thursday & living it up Friday-Sunday.
If you can find a program that you can hit more often than not (one that isn’t so hard you won’t do it) & stick with it MOST weeks, consistency is the KEY! After a couple months you’ll feel & look so much better, you won’t want to go back to your lazy-azzed old ways.

Good Luck Peeps!

FitFan

February 9th, 2011
5:04 pm

JATL – You’re kidding yourself if you think 5′11 and 210 lbs is “15-20lb” overweight. I am 6′ and 190lbs right now (male) and I am a solid 20-25lbs overweight (for the first time in my life – 40 is TOUGH!). I think part of the problem is women kid themselves into thinking what’s overweight and what’s not. At 5′11″, a woman – even a “big boned” one with wide hips – shouldn’t weigh more than 155lbs. And that’s at the absolute extreme high end of the spectrum.

As others have suggested, cutting calories is the only way to lose weight once you reach a certain age (it was 40 for me). But , don’t discount the impact of working out 2x a day for 35mins or so each. Your metabolism will always be CRANKED if you can maintain a schedule like that, as opposed to once a day for 1hr at a time.

wowzers

February 9th, 2011
5:06 pm

Jenny Crack Diet.. … I am addicted to M&Ms

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

February 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

None of those tips matter without one thing….the discipline to be consistent. Pick one suggestion here, pick all suggestions here, from Atkins to the Zone….the success stories all have one simple (and not so simple thing) in common: the desire to make it a lifestyle and to never quit.

Weight loss has less to do with how your body functions than it does with how your brain functions.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

February 9th, 2011
5:08 pm

@ramsey….you beat me to the punch by 4 minutes! I could have just writting “ditto to ramsey”!

MissDeviance

February 9th, 2011
5:13 pm

Eat more, exercise less. Eat natural fats. Season with salt. Eat whatever you like.

Hey, they’ve been saying exactly the opposite for what, 60 years now? And look at how fat we’ve become as a nation! So I say, screw this repetitive advice. The proof is in their results. They don’t have a clue.

Just enjoy LIFE. It’s short. 50 years is no different than 100 years in the greater scheme of the existence of mankind. 50 years REALLY enjoying life is significantly better than 100 years being miserable and denying yourself enjoyment and pleasure.

Food is the one luxury no one can take away from you. It’s the one thing that YOU can indulge yourself in as much as the elites.

So by all means, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. But the deal is, don’t tell me how to live mine.

Rick

February 9th, 2011
5:31 pm

I’ll add my tips… These have worked very well for me.
You need to do four things:
1) Exercise
2) Eat right
3) Drink plenty of water
4) Get enough sleep
I think the best results come from life style changes rather than temporary “diets.” Develop good habits and keep them forever.
A few other notes:
Weight lifting builds muscle and muscle burns calories even when it is at rest. Everyone should lift weights to build and maintain muscle. It is a key part of staying in shape (especially as we age).
But… it is very difficult to build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Building muscle requires extra calories to build the muscle. Burning fat requires a negative caloric intake to force the body to burn the reserves. It is very, very difficult to get the body to build (muscle) and burn (fat) at the same time. Build muscle for a few months (a gain phase) then switch to burn fat (a cut phase). Repeat over several years and you will be happy with the results.
Learn about nutrition and stick to it. Make sure that you have one “free” day or meal each week to indulge your cravings. Aside from that remember that food is fuel, but food is not entertainment and food is not emotional therapy. Eat for the right reasons.

timbo

February 9th, 2011
5:47 pm

Here is what worked for me. Remember, everyone is different, so what works for others may not work for you.

No more then 1750 calories a day. There are several apps out there that help track calories. I use MyFitnessPal.

Cardio in the AM, weight lifting in the PM. Always give your body 12 hours after cardio before lifting so you don’t burn the muscle you are trying to build.

I started out with a core strength weight lifting program, and stuck to it for a year. Lifting weights 4 nights a week. Core strength focuses on your bodies core. Lots of squats, deadlifts, bench press, and body weight exercises like push ups and chin ups. Start slowly, you WILL get stronger.

I am now on a total body weight lifting program, focusing on shoulders, biceps, triceps, abs, back, and legs. 3 sets of 8-10 reps, 10-14 exercises. Keep your workout to 1 hour or less.

For cardio (which I used to hate), I walk for 10 minutes, increasing the elevation in 2 minute increments, then lower elevation to 0% and jog/run for 30 minutes. I increase my jog/run time by 5 minutes each week until I can run for 60 minutes with stopping. For HIIT, I increase the elevation while I am running.

It has been 3 years this past January, and I have lost a total of 60lbs, my blood pressure is now normal as well as my blood sugars. I no longer have love handles, and my ‘moobs’ have disappeared. My arms, shoulders, back, and legs have all increased in size, and I went from a size 42 in jeans down to a 32. It is now a life style that I enjoy. Eating healthy and exercising regularly is the way to go for me from now on.

iRun

February 9th, 2011
9:40 pm

FitFan, you can’t do that. You can’t say a 5′11″ woman who is big-boned with wide hips should AT MOST weigh 155. Why can’t you say that? Because I am 5′5″, I’m big-boned but I actually don’t have big hips, they’re actually smaller than my shoulders, and I weigh anywhere between 140 and 150 depending on how close to Christmas it is and I never wear anything larger than a size 6 jeans or a size 4 dress.

There’s is NO ONE who would look at me and call me fat. My husband loves my stocky, muscular build.

But then again, he’s 5′8″, 200lbs, and is built a whoooooole lot like Mike Alstott. Lucky me. *wink*

bessbear

February 9th, 2011
9:53 pm

RE: FitFan – “At 5′11″, a woman – even a “big boned” one with wide hips – shouldn’t weigh more than 155lbs. And that’s at the absolute extreme high end of the spectrum.”

That’s very unrealistic. I am 5′11″ According to Weight Watchers, my healthy weight range is 143 to 179. While 155 fits within that, I’m working towards 175 since I feel I can maintain that. It also means that being 200 is about 20 pounds overweight, not obese or grossly fat. If I weighed 143, or even 155, I would be model-thin, and I don’t want to have to maintain that. If I get to 175, I’ll be a size 8 and I’m quite happy with that.

I will say that being tall, it is nice that weight is distributed over a longer body, and therefore it is much easier to hide 20 lbs. but that can also fool a taller person into thinking they are not so overweight and be less likely to lose the weight.

JATL

February 9th, 2011
10:01 pm

@FitFan -look at the medical height and weight charts. For women ages 35 and up at 5′11” they need to weigh between 151 and 194 (or if they aren’t muscular and can’t achieve a BMI of below 25, then they need to top out at 179). They prove you wrong! I’m 5′8″ with a medium frame and at 155 I wear a size 8 and have an very low BMI -nowhere near overweight or obese, but according to you that should make me an enormous fatty since I’m 3 inches and a frame size under 5′11″. It’s not “women kidding themselves” -it’s on the height and weight charts that the doctor gives you! Plus, your BMI is FAR more important than the scale weight. Yes, you have to be within range of your proper weight to have a proper BMI, but with people dedicated to working out, body builders and athletes, that muscle weighs a lot, burns a lot and keeps the fat off. I just think a lot of people have a VERY misguided idea of what 200 lbs looks like. I used to as well, and it does look very different on different people, but there are a lot of folks out there -men and women -who are knocking around 200 and you would never think it!

Jake

February 10th, 2011
12:48 am

The best way to exercise is to have sex. If you do it right you’ll work every muscle.

Ally

February 10th, 2011
7:48 am

Most of the comments are spot on, so I don’t need to add much. I just want to say to **FitFan**, that’s totally wrong. I am 6 feet, medium boned with a curvy body (i.e. hips) and the lowest that I can go without feeling lethargic and ill is 160. Keep in mind that means that I have muscles too. You are extremely unrealistic and have been looking at too many airbushed photos. Would love to know what your height and weight is…

Katy

February 10th, 2011
7:58 am

TinaTeach

February 10th, 2011
9:29 am

I actually already do a lot of what you mentioned. However I’m doing it to build muscle and endurance, burning calories was a secondary concern. If you build your muscles then they will burn more calories and fat ALL THE TIME. I’m not watching what I eat just yet but soon I will actually up my protien intake.

Instead of trying to burn calories, focuse on a healthy body. If that twenty pounds you want to lose instead becomes a 10 lbs fat loss and a 10 lb muscle gain you are over all healthier even if your weight doesn’t change much!

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Undefined

February 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

Photius: No woman should ever way over 200 pounds and yet this happens all too often.

It’s a pity you feel compelled to make such a shallow and insensitive comment. There are some women who have no control of their weight because of health issues and prescription meds which contribute to weight gain. Not all fat women gain weight because of food and never ending eating. I am, in no way, obese or fat, but I have been dealing with a brain tumor since 2008. And trust me, all of the medicine that I have been taking since then have added some pounds to my frame; and I wont get into the effects of the surgery that I am experiencing til today and the effects of the radiation therapy. But I can’t and won’t complain because I’m here and can see my two wonderful daughters continue to excel and succeed.
I am generally a lurker, but that comment got under my skin and I had to respond…stop making such sweeping generalizations!!

Biff

February 13th, 2011
8:59 pm

No chick should wiegh more than 135-140 up to 6 ft tall. I like my chicks at 5′2″ and 105 soaking wet with a nice rack and slim hips.

This BMI stuff is just to sell fat chicks stuff and save on their therapy bills. Most all the chicks you see now are obese.

ella dee

February 13th, 2011
9:12 pm

FitFan, so sorry – I am a 5″3′ muscularly built 50 year old woman – when I lost weight, at 140 lbs people started telling me I looked too skinny and needed to stop. No joke. And I wore a size 4 pants at that point. I’m not sure what charts you are using, but I wouldn’t put much stock in them.