There’s no question about it: Burning fat is a 24/7 endeavor. To keep the fires hot, you need to eat every two to three hours throughout the day. Additionally, you must choose the right foods in the right amounts to keep your metabolism revved up so your six pack will be ready for its close-up. The way we see it, there are 12 fundamentals-laws, which are all you really need to shed that unwanted blubber from your midsection and elsewhere. Most of them are nutrition-driven, but training comes into play as well.

Your mass-gaining phase is over for the time being. Now it’s time to get lean. These 12 laws of fat-burning will help get you there.