“I lost some weight once, but I found it again in the fridge.”
The only way to lose weight fast and effectively is to increase your metabolism. Have you tried a diet that worked for a friend but not for you? You followed his or her diet to the letter yet still you did not see the results he or she did. Ever wonder why? The answer is not that you are weightier but more likely that their metabolic rate is not the same as yours. Every metabolism differs from person to person and that means we all lose weight in different ways. Metabolic rate? Metabolism? No, I am not speaking a foreign language. Metabolic rate is the speed at which the body burns up calories and the responsibility of this process, called metabolism, is given to the muscles which are also known as the metabolic reactive. In a nutshell, muscles burn up fat even when you are not physically active. So, you want to lose weight fast…then speed up your metabolism. Be a healthier, sexier you by following these useful tips to increase your metabolic rate.
Be a healthier, sexier you by following these useful tips to increase your metabolic rate:
- Hydrate. The body performs better when hydrated so drink eight or so glasses of water a day.
- Get plenty of sleep. Studies prove that four or fewer hours of sleep a night decreases your metabolism and causes the individual to overindulge. The individuals who slept for eight hours optimized their metabolic rate and their well-rested façade made them feel less inclined to overindulge so needless to say aim for eight hours of sleep.
Exercise. Let us face it most people cringe when they hear the dreaded ‘E’ word yet muscle is an important contributor to weight loss so if you take care of it, it takes care of you. Toning your muscles will even continue to burn your calories even when you are sleeping…you would not want that? So stands to reason that the more you work out and build lean muscle, the faster you lose weight. Important points to remember are that your body slows down during the day so afternoon and towards the evening your metabolic rate slows down that is why you should exercise around this time to burn more calories. Do not be afraid to work up a sweat, it helps you keep fit and sleep better as well. Exercise does not have to be tedious and boring. Look for something that works for you and is exciting as well as fun. Join the gym, do Youtube video exercises( like Zumba) or better yet get a treadmill. Another thing to remember is that you must challenge your body when you exercise to make the most of your metabolic function because the more you push your muscles ( push not punish), the more your muscles will burn calories for hours after your workout. It is called interval training and it utilizes different ways to confuse your body by not allowing your body to get used to one thing because all exercises when done too often become monotonous as well as less effective, that effect is called the plateau effect.
- Do not skip meals. Starving your body slows your metabolic rate causing your body to go into defense mode and the next time you eat, your body immediately stores the fat as a reserve fuel to defend itself against deprivation. Do not get me wrong, there is something to be said about intermittent fasting however it has to be done properly. and then the fast has to be broken properly too. There is a way to do it without sending your body into survival mode or you do more harm than good and probably gain more weight more quickly. If the dynamics of intermittent fasting or skipping meals is foreign then it is far safer to rather eat small meals a day, that is three small meals and if necessary, snack healthily between. Follow this guideline: Eat like a king in the morning, a queen in the afternoon, and a pauper at night. That simply meaning because your metabolism is at its fastest in the morning, you can eat a proper meal in the morning also if you want to cheat it is best done before noon so as your metabolic rate slows, your portions during meals should get less, therefore, supper time should be your smallest meal.