Your body already knows how to burn fat, it just needs you to adjust your eating patterns to allow it. A lot of fat in the places we don't want it (as opposed to "evenly distributed") is due more to hormone fluctuations rather than calories in/calories out and the amount of exercise that you do.
By lowering insulin throughout the day, your body will also regulate other hormones, like estrogen, testosterone, T4/T3, etc. When your body has a better balance of these hormones, then you will lose fat even if you don't try. It's why calories in/calories out is so flawed. It would be great if your body was a solid state machine and X controlled Y. But, X controls Y, R, F, D and C and those in turn all control other variables.
You might have to lower your carbs down initially if you don't notice changes after the first 4 weeks or so, but that should only be for a few weeks to get your body adjusted. I had to go VLC (less than 20g day) when I started but can now eat between 75 and 100 on non-training days and still am seeing differences week to week.
Try eating most of your carbohydrates around times that you exercise - even if you are just walking that day or whatever. When you exercise, your body is more adept to utilized the nutrients when your insulin is spiked (due to the carbs you ate). So if you eat 3 times per day, you could eat half of your daily intake at the meal closest to the time AFTER you exercise and spread the other half over the remaining two meals.
Another thing you could look into is Intermittent Fasting, which I and others do with great success. I still lift very heavy on occasion and IF works great with my schedule. I fast for 16 hours per day on training days and eat about 100-150g of carbs right after I work out along with protein. My second meal of the day is VLC and high protein and fat (like 100g of fat in one sitting). This works for me, but you may need to do things differently. Just experiment and see what works best for you.
Last edited by IcarianVX; 06-06-2011 at 02:29 PM.
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