Jonathan Swift and I have a lot in common. We are both HUGE fans of coffee. And we both have modest proposals. Although mine is not nearly as radical as his was. Also, his was facetious and mine is sincere.
The Modest Proposal
If you’re interested in losing fat, when you wake up tomorrow morning, drink a cup of coffee (tea or some other calorie-free beverage with caffeine will also work). Then, immediately after consuming this gift from nature (or that gift from a soulless multinational corporation if your choice was Diet Coke), exercise for 30 minutes.
Do not eat a doughnut. Do not eat anything. But it is okay to “Pass Go” as long as you do it in the act of exercising for 30 minutes. Walk briskly. Run. Ride a bike. Do High Intensity Intervals. Any of those, for 30 minutes.
Then, live life as you always do. No more. No less. Fat burning will then happen.
Research consistently shows that exercise in a fasted state helps you lose weight and burn fat. Look, here’s one now. When you first wake up in the morning, you are in a fasted state. That is of course unless you ate right before bed and only slept for 6 hours (or if you sleep-snacked). You can learn everything you want to know about fasting as a fat burning technique in this series of posts.
But wait, there’s more! Research further shows that consuming caffeine before a workout is also conducive to fat loss. Admittedly, the research is less consistent with respect to caffeine. But, coffee and tea have each proven to be so healthful and you’re drinking it anyway, why not include it in your workout routine?
I understand that adopting this proposal means pulling 30 minutes from some other important area of your life. But, if you are interested in a healthier version of you and if more exercise and fat loss is part of that vision. This may be worth a try.
If you do give it a try, please let me know how it worked out for you.