Boosting your metabolism is a great way to get more out of EVERY workout, as well as all the time that you aren’t work out! Use these tips to jump start your health and fitness goals, rev up your metabolism and see the results you want soon.
1.Lift Weights – Make Some Muscle
Often people with have weight loss goals think they should stick to cardio only workouts to burn calories. While cardio is great and definitely important, resistance training that builds muscle is necessary for keeping your metabolism running strong. Our metabolism is in our muscle, and as you build muscle – your body will burn more fat around the clock. The less muscle you have, the slower your base metabolism will be. Also, as you lose weight you still want to be toning so you look strong, fit and fabulous!
2. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is SO important for maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy metabolism. When you are sleep deprived or your sleep cycle is off this causes more stress on the body and slows your metabolism. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night to keep your body healthy and strong.
3. Drink 3-4L of Water a Day
One of the essential ingredients to a fast metabolism is water…and drinking enough of it! Often in the winter months we can forget to hydrate adequately, and this can cause our metabolism to slow. Be sure to drink 3-4L of water per day, and keep your metabolism in check. Hydration is also so important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.
4. Eat Small Meals Throughout The Day
Our bodies metabolize food in 3-4 hours, so eating small meals throughout the day will help keep your metabolism running strong and working effectively. This also helps reduce cravings and help you feel satisfied all day long. In addition, make sure you eat breakfast in the morning to JUMP START your metabolism for the day!
5. Avoid Trans Fats
We all know that trans fats are bad for you…but research also shows that trans fats can slow your metabolism by binding to fat and liver cells and leading to insulin resistance and inflammation which can all contribute to a slower metabolism as well as weight gain. Use an food tracking app like My Fitness Pal to monitor your trans fats and work to cut them out completely.
Use these tips to help you burn more fat every day with small changes to your daily routine.
Check out all the strength training workouts to help with tip #1 on the SummerGirl Fitness >> Tone & Shape Page!!