I am sure you have heard the importance of metabolism and it’s impact on weight loss goals. What you may not know, is what methods are the most effective for naturally keeping your metabolic rate high throughout the day. Many people turn to unnatural and unhealthy means for increasing their heart rate like caffeine and diet pills known as thermogenics. That not only increase the heart rate but the internal body temperature as well, maybe giving you an extra burn of 100-300 calories a day.
But what if I told you the following tips and strategies could get you burning up to roughly 650 calories a day? You would be much more likely to follow those, than taking those silly fat burning pills, right?
1. Eat Breakfast. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Your metabolism slows down as you sleep at night and needs immediate fuel upon waking to crank up the internal furnace and supply your body with the needed energy to attack your day. If you neglect to eat, your metabolism will continue to run at a very slow rate as if you were still asleep! To read more about this you can read my blog Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal.
2. Interval Cardio Workouts. By including intensive bouts of 30-90 seconds at high intensity with a 2-3 minute moderate recovery for anywhere from 20-30 minutes you will increase the calories you burn during the workout . Plus, you increase your metabolism as your body works to recover and rebuild from an intense workout session. You can read more about the benefits of interval training in my post The Myth Behind The Fat Burning Zone.
3. Eat every 2-4 hours. Don’t let your body think food is not readily available. By eating ever few hours you keep your metabolism up, and prohibit it from going into starvation mode. To learn more about how restricting calories can slow down your metabolism read my post Fad Diets Have Short-Lived Results.
4. Weight training. Weight training not only helps you burn calories during the workout, but also will boost your metabolism for the next 72 hours. Keep in mind this is hard training where you are utilizing compound exercises that get you to fatigue by 12 repititions. Hard weight training is the MOST effective way to not only build muscle but increase your metabolic furnace for the next few days. For every pound of muscle you build you burn an extra 50 calories a day which over the span of a week is an extra 350 calories without you having to do a thing! And that doesn’t include the calories required to rebuild after you weight training workout. You MUST include weight training in your workout program because cardio and nutrition cannot only do so much.
I hope these San Diego weight loss tips help!!