Faster Fat Loss That's Healthy
Many people want to eat anything they like and still fit in their skinny clothes, but the truth is that this is extremely unlikely.
However, there are some tweaks you can do to speed up your metabolism and burn fat faster. As we all know, our metabolism slows down with age, due to loss of muscle.
If you’re not working your muscles, they will waste away as you grow older. This means that your body will burn less calories a day (about 400calories less), and adding a few pounds every month. Here are some things you can do to lose fats faster.
Drink a lot of green tea
Apart from its anti-carcinogen properties, green tea helps to boost metabolism. According to research by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the metabolic rate of individuals who took green tea three times a day increased by 4 percent.
In terns of calories, that means your body could burn 60 extra calories a day, which adds up to six pounds lost a year. The catechins in green tea are believed to be responsible for this shoot-up in metabolic rate.
Include more iron in your diet
Although you can get this though multivitamin pills - contain about 18mg - it is better to get them through natural food sources. Chicken, lean red meat, soy nuts and fortified cereal are all good sources of iron. If you often get fatigued, get tested for anaemia. Iron helps your cells to get enough oxygen supply.
Work your muscles
We’re talking about weight training here. It’s one of the most effective ways to rev up your mechanism because muscle burns more calories than fat, pound for pound. Basically, it’s your resting metabolic rate that increases with muscle mass.
Weight training also keeps your metabolism raised in the hours after a workout. Crunches, push-ups, pull-ups, bench set-ups, squats and lunges are some of the exercises you can try. For best results, try 10 sets for each exercise.
Drink lots of water (cold)
According to a recent German study, drinking two glasses of water within a short space of time increases your metabolism by 30 percent. Based on these findings, the scientists estimated that drinking an extra 1.5 liters of water a day would result in 17400 more calories burnt over a year’s time - which is about 5 ponds shed.
This is where you incorporate high-intensity bursts to your workout routine. Interval training has been shown to burn fat faster than regular aerobic exercise. For instance, while on the treadmill, add a one-minute incline every five minutes. Alternatively, you can punctuate your 10-mile jog with 30-40 second sprints.
Decrease alcohol intake
Wash your favorite meals down with water, instead of alcohol. Because of its depressing effect on the nervous system, drinking alcohol with meals causes a slowed metabolism, thus, your food ends up around the thighs and waistline.
Stress is a big contributor to accumulation of fat. When your stress levels are high, your appetite shoots up, thanks to the hormone cortisol. It also slows your metabolism and piles up fat around your abdomen. Light aerobics are good stress beaters, for instance swimming and jogging. Anything that will lower the stress will help you lower appetite.
Don’t forget to put in 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep everyday. Sleep stabilizes insulin levels and improves the processing of carbohydrates.