How to Burn Fat: 3 Key Ideas to Fat-Based Weight Loss

Three Steps To Guaranteed Fat Loss

Whenever I meet someone, the conversation usually steers toward business. They ask, “What do you do?”

I answer, “I work with people who want to keep their better half.”

“Oh, so you are a relationship counselor?”

“No, I’m a personal trainer. I help people keep their muscle and burn their fat.”

They smile, sometimes laugh, and then start asking a thousand questions about fitness, food, supplements. Business is good.

Question for you…when you go to the gym, what do you burn? “Well,” you might say, “I keep very careful tabs on my heart rate so I burn a lot of fat.” Really? Few people I meet in the gym actually burn fat on a consistent basis. It’s a very hard thing for a body to do, which is why people usually burn more muscle than fat, even on shows like “The Biggest Loser.” In my time as a nutrition minded personal trainer, I have helped many clients burn fat at an unbelievable rate.

As I've studied fat loss and passed along key fat loss ideas to other trainers, I have been amazed by their feedback. A few trainers have mentioned idea #2 from the list below, but I have NEVER, EVER heard a trainer mention ideas #1 or #3. From my work alongside other trainers, it is clear that the following is uncommon wisdom.

Here are three ideas that I drive home with anyone I work with:

FAT LOSS TIP #1: Become a Believer in 10-second cardio

In 20 minutes, you can burn 3x more fat than someone else in 40 minutes. How? Utilize the body’s natural fat burning process.

Your muscles need oxygen to be available to burn fat. Your muscles have little stores of oxygen, that last for 10-15 seconds. To maximize fat loss, go as hard as you can on an elliptical or bike machine for 10 seconds, then half speed for 15 seconds (the oxygen store needs to recover its supply, which takes 1.5 times the amount of exertion). By alternating between 10-second bursts of 100% effort and 15-second recovery at 50%, you will maximize fat loss during cardio. If you can use this cardio interval for a twenty minute workout, you are a champ…a fat burning champ!

FAT LOSS TIP #2: Take the Right Fat Loss Supplement

When I first started really studying fat loss, I made one critical addition to my nutrition plan and lost four pant sizes in 10 weeks without changing my diet or my workouts. The only thing I did differently during that time span was add Tonalin CLA. Conjugated linoleic acid is a natural ingredient of the earth (linoleic acid comes from grass) that helps the body to use fat stores as a primary energy source. This is important because when the body is burning fat it is not burning muscle!

Clinical studies have shown that 3.4 grams of tonalin CLA (tonalin is the only kind proven to work) per day is the amount the body needs to initiate this fat loss in full force. Assuming each pill is 1 gram, take 2 pills twice daily. Two CLA first thing in the morning, two CLA mid-afternoon.

FAT LOSS TIP #3: Follow the most important secret in fat loss.

There is a clinically proven way to lock-in fat burning, increase workout productivity, and decrease soreness. Very few people know about the best way to guarantee a great workout and lock-in fat-burning in the process. I’m not about to give this one away, but you can email me ( and I will be glad to share with you the most important secret I’ve discovered on fat loss.

Armed with the three strategies above (you have to email me for the third strategy…I don’t give away secrets to people who aren’t willing to go the extra mile), you will optimize fat loss every single time you hit the gym.

Adam Erwin is a personal trainer who travels the world working with people who want to change their body now! Adam follows good weather, which means he is currently training clients in Minnesota, specifically Eden Praire, MN. When fall and winter arrive, Adam will be headed toward Florida, Arizona, Australia, and other warm climates. Visit to learn more about his work and how he can help you lose fat, keep muscle, and keep your better half.

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