The year 2009 is nearing the end and millions of people are thinking what they are going to do the next year. Is your New Year’s resolution to lose fat? If it is, then the time to start is now. The most important part of fat loss is knowledge. People simple do not know enough about nutrition and exercise to be successful. I have a few simple fat loss tips that are really helpful.

1. Use exercise to create a calorie deficit rather than diets

The hardest part about weight loss, is staying on a diet. We all know how hard this can be and some diets are especially hard. People believe that starving themselves is the best way to go, but it is not. The less you eat, the harder it is for you to stay on your diet. Do not make your diet plans very strict or they will backfire on you. Instead you should focus more on calorie burning through exercise, because it is much more effective. First of all you do not have to starve yourself and therefore you are less likely to fail. Exercise raises your metabolic rate. The faster your metabolic rate is the more calories you burn and strict diets slow down your metabolic rate. Exercise is good for your health and diets are now. By the way both weight training and aerobic training are essential.

2. Do not skip meals and eat more frequently

Another important thing you have to consider is consistency. You have to eat the right amount of foods, the right frequency and not skip meals. Some people do not eat breakfast very often and even think this helps them. But in fact skipping meals will slow down your metabolic rate and of course if you skip meals then your next meal is most certainly too large. 5-6 small meals a day, which consists of the right amount of proteins, carbs and fats is important. As I said before, be consistent. You can not lose fat successfully if you eat correctly for 2 days and skip meals the third day.

3. Do not stay on negative calories for too long

I am sure you have friends or family who are on diets. For some people it has become a habit to go on diets. But these people fail most of the time, as you have surely noticed. Why? Well, the problem is that if you stay on very low calories for too long, then your body will fight back and force you to eat. Sooner or later people will give up and eat way too much. Do not torture yourself like that. It is necessary to give yourself a break and increase your calories from time to time. For example you can be on negative calorie balance for 3 days and on the fourth day increase your calorie by just a bit. You can not hold your breath forever right? So you also can not stay on a negative calorie balance forever.

4. Lose fat slowly and be patient

The biggest mistake or one of the biggest mistakes that people often make, is rushing. Take your time and be patient. There is no need to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. Yes, there are people who lose 5 or more pounds or more, but they are also very likely to fail because they also lose muscle. The key is to lose fat, not muscle. When you try to lose too much weight too quickly, then you will lose muscle. If you are able to lose 3-4 pounds per week, without losing muscle mass, then fine. Losing fat is not a race.