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How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast

author image Myrna St. Romain
Myrna St. Romain has been a writer for more than three years, contributing to such sites as ataglance.com and leisurepro.com. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from University of Nebraska in 2004 as well as personal training certifications through ACE and NASM.
How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Ways to quickly shed body fat. Photo Credit LUNAMARINA/iStock/Getty Images

Your body composition is more important than the numbers on a scale. There are plenty of reasons to want to drop body fat percentage quickly. A couple of the most motivating factors are a sleeker appearance and decreased health risks. Whatever the reason you wish to drop fat fast, it can be done with self-discipline and hard work. Be sure you are healthy enough to engage in a rigorous exercise regimen by consulting your primary care physician before beginning a diet program.

Step 1

How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Measure your body fat percentage. Photo Credit ruigsantos/iStock/Getty Images

Measure your body fat percentage before you begin a fat loss regimen. You can do this with a handheld bioelectical impedence device or with calipers. Record your body fat percentage and check it every six to eight weeks. This will help you track your progress.

Step 2

How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Engage in cardio exercises six days a week. Photo Credit Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Engage in cardio exercise six days a week to lose body fat fast. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should get at least one hour of moderate intensity exercise per session. Any activity such as running, brisk walking, elliptical training, stair climbing, kickboxing or swimming will burn off calories and melt body fat.

Step 3

How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Interval training will help blast body fat quicker. Photo Credit matthewennisphotography/iStock/Getty Images

Step up your cardio training with interval training, which will burn more calories in a shorter time span than traditional even-paced training. Try walking for three minutes, jogging three minutes, walking three minutes and keep this cycle for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 4

How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Lift weights at least two to three days a week. Photo Credit Minerva Studio/iStock/Getty Images

Lift weights at least two to three days a week. Working all of your major muscle groups builds muscle mass, which helps burn calories even while you are at rest. You can either do full body weight training every other day or do upper body one day and lower body the next day. Lift lighter weights and do more repetitions to give your muscles tone and definition.

Step 5

How to Drop Body Fat Percentage Fast
Subtract 500 calories a day from your diet to lose one pound per week. Photo Credit Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

Subtract 500 calories a day from your diet to lose one pound a week. Reduce 1,000 calories each day to lose two pounds. One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories, so keep a record of the foods you eat daily. Figure out where and when you consume empty calories--such as candies, junk food, processed foods, sodas and fruit juices--and eliminate them. Eat nutrient-dense foods low in sugar and caloric content such as lean meats, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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