Looking to shed some of the weight you’ve gained over the last few years? Perhaps you are struggling to lose the weight that you put on during a pregnancy and has stuck with you as your kids have grown.

Whatever the case, there are some clear things we know must be in place if you are going to see results. Sadly, some people miss out on the critical elements that can dictate the success level they see.

Let’s walk you through what you need to know about how to burn fat properly and regain a body that you feel proud about.

Define Your Ideal

First things first, you need to know what fitness and looking fit means to you. You may have a goal in mind – some arbitrary number on the scale that you want to achieve. But, is this really a good definition of where you hope to be?

For many women, it’s simply not. A number doesn’t represent a look that you want to attain. And for that matter, 135 pounds on one woman can look completely different than 135 pounds on another.

You need to figure out what it is that you are going after and devise a plan around that goal. Until you do, you’re just going to run around in circles, never really accomplishing anything.

Pick Up Something Heavy

Next, and most importantly, you must pick up something heavy. By that, I’m referring to weight lifting. If you aren’t properly challenging your muscles – pushing your body harder than it’s ever been pushed before, you simply cannot expect to see the results that you are looking for.

It’s that simple. You need to give your body a reason to change. Lifting heavy weights will provide that reason. Too many women shy away from this thinking it’ll cause them to get bulky, but the opposite is the case.

Lifting heavy weights will jumpstart your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat faster all day long while also helping to build muscle definition, strength, and improve your fitness all at the same time.

Structure Your Workouts Properly

That’s not all however. If you structure your heavy weight lifting program in a proper manner, using shorter rest periods and exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once, you can essentially get a full cardiovascular workout while you are doing your strength training.

This is the concept behind what we call Met-Con training, and is the training strategy that will completely change your body.

Check Your Food

As part of any transformation, whether it’s to firm up after having a baby, build more muscle and give your body the shape you desire, or simply improve your health and fitness level, you need to be thinking about nutrition.

Losing fat doesn’t mean starving yourself, however. You need to fuel your body to get it to burn fat properly. Only the right mix of nutrients will get you to where you want to be.

It’s all about forming the right balance between protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fats. As each of these plays a key role in how your body functions, if you don’t have enough of any one given nutrient, your results will suffer.

Make A Lifestyle Change

Finally, you need to ensure that you are making this a lifestyle change. To really form the best transformation possible, this needs to be something you can stick with. You want to find a place to train that gives you the feeling like you’re part of the family.

You have the support and encouragement you need – when you need it. If you are constantly viewing your new workout or diet as just a means to an end, you’ll never make the lasting changes you want to see.

Commit for life and find a program that you will look forward to keeping up for many years to come.

So there you have the key points to know and remember about creating your very own transformation and losing any weight you have to lose. First you need to get clear in your mind exactly what it is that you want and then from there, you can go about forming a program that will get you to that end goal.