By Paul Scicluna
When it comes to burning fat, it comes down to your metabolism. A slower metabolism generally results in the storage of fat, not to mention increasing your chances of other health conditions.
Here we will look at a number of tricks to help increase your metabolism and boost your fat burning potential. Try including at least a few of these fat burning strategies into your everyday routine so you can lose weight and get to your weight loss goals quicker.
1. Eating Breakfast
All meals are important, however eating breakfast fires up your metabolism a lot earlier than those who don't. Studies have shown that those who eat a healthy breakfast lost more weight than those who don't eat breakfast.
If you find it hard to eat breakfast, then don't start by having a massive meal. Try something small such as an apple, then as you get use to consuming breakfast each day, start trying different things. A couple of poached eggs with some sautéed tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach is a super healthy breakfast that will have your metabolism revved up and burning fat in no time.
2. Eating Regularly
Eating regularly keeps your metabolism raised throughout the day which helps to keep your fat burning machine going. Instead of eating 2 - 3 big meals, try having smaller portions but more frequently. Eating smaller portioned more frequent meals helps you keep your energy levels stable and prevents your metabolism from slowing down.
Always remember to eat healthy nutrient rich food, including your snacks. Many people ask me what they should have for a healthy snack. It can be as easy as a small handful of mixed nuts with a piece of fruit. Both are loaded with nutrients and fiber and will keep you full and in fat burning mode.
3. The Spice Of Life
Most people think of herbs and spices as just things that add flavor to your meals. However plenty of research has shown that not only can many spices increase metabolism, they are also great for their medicinal qualities.
Chillies are one spice that can really boost metabolism. We all know when we've eaten chillies, we get that feeling of heat, as it's thermogenic properties heat you up on a cellular level. Also, cinnamon has been shown to stabilise blood sugar levels and minimize insulin resistance. This is great not only for diabetics but for anyone who is trying to burn fat.
These are just a couple of examples, but there are so many more benefits from herbs and spices.
Exercising is a great way to increase metabolism. What's more, if you do it in the morning it's been shown to not only torch fat but also release those feel good hormones earlier which keeps you more alert, focused and in a more positive frame of mind.
Combining a good morning exercise routine followed by a healthy breakfast as previously mentioned, will help with burning fat, thanks to their metabolic effects. Research has also shown that exercise enhances mental acuity for up to 8 hours. Again keeping your mind sharp and focused on the day's activities.
If you're not used to exercising in the morning, try and find a training buddy as this will help hold each of you to account. Aim for at least 20 minutes of exercise if your not use to it. Then increase the time and intensity of your exercise routine as you progress.
Weight training or resistance training got a bad wrap for decades when it came to weight loss. Everyone thought you had to be running on a treadmill for hours on end to lose weight. Well this couldn't be further from the truth.
Weight training has been shown to have an amazing fat burning effect on the body. All exercise raises your metabolism but weight training, especially when combined with high intensity interval training can have your body burning fat for hours, even after you've finished exercising. This is known as EPOC (post exercise oxygen consumption).
Generally women shy away from weights because they think they'll bulk up. This couldn't be further from the truth. Unless you are doing some seriously heavy weight training routine 5-6 days a week, combined with supplements and other stimulants or enhancers.
At least try and include 3 - 20 minute weight training sessions into your week. Depending on your fitness levels, you could combine them into a high intensity interval workout, to further give your fat burning potential a boost.
6. The Stress Factor
More and more research is coming out on the effects of stress on the body. Just remember that it's not only external factors that cause stress in the body, such as a work place issue. It can also be caused by the foods and drinks you consume. The more processed foods and drinks you consume can lead to further stresses within the body, such as inflammation.
Stress has been shown to seriously interfere with weight loss. From causing havoc with your hormones to leaving you unmotivated, and bingeing on bad foods that won't help your weight loss efforts at all. So try and take the time to reduce some of the stress in your life. One of the easiest ways is though diet.
Don't waste any more time! Take action today. Include these 6 easy tricks into your weight management plan so you can increase metabolism and start burning fat faster.
To great health,
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