Are you storing fat or burning it?

The KEY to burning your winter fat

It's natural to store fat for winter.  Living up here in Montana has made that even more clear to me, with all of the animals that hibernate in this part of the country.  If you've been watching the news, you know that some of the bears came out of hibernation early.  

Are you ready to come out of hibernation mode?

Think of your body as a chemistry lab for a moment.  While you're checking facebook or watching the news, the inside of your body is busy at work all of the time.  Everything you do during the day triggers a series of internal events.  In the various beakers of your personal chemistry lab, hormones like estrogen, cortisol and testosterone play a role in what happens to the outside of you.  Neuropeptides like endorphins and neurotransmitters like serotonin are also acting and reacting within your body, impacting both happy and sad feelings.  Your thoughts can also cause chemical reactions within your body that affect the way you look and feel. 

You're in control
The food you put in your mouth also triggers various reactions within you.  Sometimes they're good, like ENERGY and sometimes not so good, like GAS.  Diet plays a huge role in burning fat and is different for each person.  Email me for a referral to a nutrition coach for more information on customizing your meals.  Fitness is also a major factor for your chemistry lab.  When you exercise, it can increase or decrease stress, inflammation, mood, energy, etc.  It can be positive or negative depending on the your individual chemistry and needs.    

The reason people struggle with losing weight
Whether you decide to burn fat with nutrition, exercise or with stress reduction, there is ONE COMMON KEY FACTOR TO SUCCESS.  Consistency.

If you really want to burn fat, you have to send a signal into your chemistry lab EVERY DAY.  

My grandma used to say "You can't catch up on sleep".  

I'd like to amend that and say, "You can't catch up on cardio".  

Think of what would happen if you only brushed your teeth a few times a week.  Or if you only ate every other day.  It sounds silly, but it's the reason many people struggle with losing weight.  Consistency.  Go ahead and say it out loud.  Consistency.  Louder, I can't hear you!

 Make your body a fat burning machine this spring
You don't just burn fat when you do cardio or eat a healthy meal.  
These choices trigger a series of signals within your body.  Then, you burn fat the rest of the day/night.  You have to send the right signal though.  Start burning fat now.  Create a plan and stick to it.  It's ok if you eat an unhealthy meal once in awhile or skip exercise every so often, just get back on track right away.  Email me if you need some guidance.  Helping people with these goals is why I became a Health Coach.  

Injury Prevention
One other point I want to make (since I love muscles so much) is that when you get super motivated and do one cardio session that's really intense, just when you feel like it, you're putting yourself at a high risk for injury.  I'll say it one more time.  Consistency.  Come to terms with this reality.  Less is more and frequency is key.  Spread the word by sharing this post with your social networks.     

Now I want to hear from you:
What's your biggest struggle with consistency?
What's your secret to consistency?

Share with us in the comments below.

Stay tuned, because another Ask Andy video is on it's way soon and so is the launch of our online program!  I'm so excited!  Check it out.