If you’re trying to lose weight, a few fat burning strategies can help you reach your goal. For example, when you are trying to gain muscle, the last thing you want to do is to check your weight every day. While it can be tempting to see if you’re losing weight, the scale isn’t going to be a good indicator of whether you’re losing fat. You might actually lose a significant amount of fat, but still see the scale not budge. This is because muscle weighs more than fat; so, as you’re replacing fat cells with lean muscle, your body is transforming into a leaner more toned physique, but it’s not going to register on the scale.

Another important factor in helping to get your burning moving along is to not dramatically reduce your caloric intake. While you might be tempted to cut way back on calories, this can have a detrimental effect on your ability to burn fat. When you cut calories too severely, your body will protect itself by actually holding on to any fat reserves. Gradually decrease calories, and be sure to shake it up a bit. Maybe one day you have limited calories, but the next day you eat a bit more. This is the healthiest way to trigger fat burning benefits.

Of course, HIIT or high intensity interval training is an excellent way to burn more fat. As you’re doing your workout, add in short bursts of high intensity activity. Really try to maximize what you are able to do during those 30 seconds. Push yourself. After 30 seconds, you can rest or return to your regular pace. Continue adding the high intensity intervals every few minutes and you’ll kick your fat burning into overdrive. In fact, your metabolism will be cranked up and running at its peak for hours after you’ve finished your workout.

You probably already know that your diet is going to play a big part in how much fat you burn. Try to stick to a healthy eating plan. Limit carbs and increase your protein intake. This is especially important if you are weight training. It’s also a good idea to eat several smaller meals throughout the day, rather than 3 big meals. When you eat every few hours, your metabolism will be able to keep humming along, burning fat. If you wait too long between meals, your metabolism can drop, leading to a reduction in fat burning.