If you’re trying to lose weight, you might have concerns about your metabolism. While many people have a vague idea about how metabolism and excess weight go hand-in-hand, dealing with a slow metabolism can often be a mystery. Sure, aging tends to slow our metabolism as do years of on again, off again dieting, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it.
If you want to lose weight faster and avoid additional weight gain, then taking steps to jumpstart your metabolism is important. Fortunately, you don’t have to commit to hitting the gym for two hours of HIIT workout every day. You can give your metabolism a boost by paying attention to the little things. Whether it’s making better food choices or it’s focusing on adding more activity in your day, the cumulative effect of these choices can help kick your metabolism into overdrive for faster weight loss.
Here are some easy changes you can make to jumpstart your metabolism:
Lifting weights doesn’t necessarily make you a body builder, but it can help build, tone and define muscle. Of course, the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will naturally burn. It takes more calories to maintain muscle than fat. Another benefit of adding weight training is you’ll get the extra calorie burning effects long after your workout is over.
Lift Weights Before You Do Your Cardio
Lifting some hand weights 20 minutes before you jump on the treadmill or exercise bike can help burn more fat. So, switch up your exercise routine and do your lifting before you hit the cardio.
Spice It Up
You can give your body a fat burning boost by adding some spice to your life. Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on your soup or add some hot sauce to your eggs, and increase your metabolism by 20 – 25 percent.
Research has shown that HIIT or VIIT workouts can help increase fat burning as well as give your metabolism a boost. When you vary the intensity of your workout, your muscles will be forced to work harder.
A study conducted at the University of Utah found that participants who drank 8 to 12 glass of water per day were able to burn more calories while at rest than participants who drank only 4 glasses of water.
Have a Post Workout Snack
Having a protein and carb rich snack within 30 minutes of your workout can burn more fat while also increasing lean muscle. Just be sure to count the calories as part of your daily total.
Yoga for Weight Loss
The stress hormone, cortisol, can inhibit weight loss. A 50 minute yoga session can help you burn fat and reduce cortisol for faster weight loss.
A 40 minute workout can help keep your metabolism buzzing for the entire day. Of course, this means great fat burning benefits to help you lose weight.