My favorite way to shed some fat effectively is to do a cardiovascular workout on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Get up thirty minutes before your normal wake up time and do 20-30 minutes of light cardio such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming. Ideally you should do it five days a week and change the exercise every couple of days. Not only does this jump start your metabolism but it is a natural energy boost and begins your day with a reduced level of stress. Who doesn’t need all of that?