It’s hard to keep the weight down when your metabolic rate is working against you. But don’t fret! There are ways to maximize your body’s daily fat burning. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to lose more weight in half the time:
1. Start Your Morning with a Glass of Water
Research shows that drinking a glass of cold water every morning could boost the metabolic rate by as much as 30% ten to fifty minutes after consuming the drink. Some studies point to the temperature of the water as the reason for its fat-burning abilities. This theory is highly debatable. However, there is evidence that water, hot or cold, can increase the body’s metabolic rate in general. The more water you drink every morning, the faster the body’s metabolic rate will become.
2. Performing Intense Workout While in a Fasted State
This might seem ludicrous but exercising while in a fasted state can maximize the body’s fat burning abilities. The food we eat is not converted into energy right away. The body will only burn a portion of it then keep the rest as stored fat. Only when it’s truly necessary will the body access stored fat for energy.
When you minimize food consumption then you work out, the body is not burning the energy you get from the food you ate. You are burning energy from stored fat instead. It literally forces the body to access more fuel from fat cells.
3. Performing Cardio Workout
Get the heart pounding and you’ll torch more calories! It’s true, when you get the heart rate up, the body shifts into a fat-burning state. And the body will remain in this state even if you’re resting! Ideally, you want to keep your heart rate up to 65% then working out for 30 to 45 minutes. From this point, the body will start melting fat to keep yourself energized throughout the session. This effect will last for more than 24 hours too. Long after you went home from the gym, you will still burn calories.
4. Weight Lifting
No matter what your fitness goal may be, don’t forget to include weight lifting in your workout. This will increase the body’s muscle mass. Research shows that muscles take a lot of calorie burning to keep than stored fat. By increasing your muscle mass, you burn off more calories, even while at rest. Weight lifting will also increase strength and add definition to your physique. It’s easy to build a hard, toned body when you start lifting weights.
5. Watch What You Eat
Working out is never an excuse to eat what you want. You still need to watch what you eat to burn off more fat. Ideally, you want to consume fewer calories than you can afford to burn. When you consume fewer calories then you start working out, the body will start burning off more fat rather than calories derived from the food you ate. In addition, pairing exercise with a healthy diet is still the best (not to mention the healthiest) way to lose weight.