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12 Turbocharged Fat-Fighting Secrets

We asked three top pros how they ditch extra pounds in a hurry. Here’s how they do it—and how you can, too.

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ERIN STERN
IFBB Figure Pro

Sprint for Success
Sprinting not only increases athleticism by building fast-twitch muscle fibers, it’s also highly effective for fat burning. To amp up fat loss, I do two or three sprint sessions per week. For example, I focus on sprint endurance for two of those, performing 400-meter repeats. For the other session, I’ll switch it up and focus on speed, with 10 rounds of 50-meter sprints going all out.

Get a Compound Interest
Make multimuscle, multijoint exercises your top priority. Compound exercises recruit the most muscle and burn more calories, which equate to greater fat loss. Squats and deadlifts are the best compound exercises, and both have endless variations. I do a wide array of each of these exercises twice a week.

Tackle Tabata
Tabata intervals are one of my favorite ways to increase intensity—plus they’re very versatile, and you can do them almost anywhere. Choose exercises such as pushups or mountain climbers, go all out for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat eight times. I try to do at least one Tabata workout per week. It’s a great way to combine your weight training and cardio into one workout.

Consider CLA
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in dairy and a variety of meat products. It can help fight fat, especially the type that stays around the midsection, by hindering the storage of dietary fat, so you use more of it for fuel. I take 1–3 grams of a CLA supplement every morning.

Bust Stress
Stress increases cortisol levels, which may make you hold fat in your stomach and lower body. Get plenty of sleep, and take at least one full day off per week.

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