The fastest way to lose our ugly body fat is to speed up our metabolism. At the same time, slowing down our metabolism makes fat loss almost impossible.
You may have experienced this first hand. I know I have!
If you want a super-charged metabolism that churns through fat like a Hummer does through fuel, you have to eat and train in a specific way.
Here are 3 tips that'll show you how to speed up your metabolism.
1. EAT A LOT MORE FOOD
Our body fat becomes much more stubborn as soon as we drastically cut calories. This is because our body realizes that there is a shortage of food coming in, and that it may need to keep our energy reserves (fat stores) to survive in the future.
After all, our body can't predict the future. It can't see how long this scarcity of food will last. It simply sees there is a lack of food, and it tries to adjust accordingly to survive for as long as possible.
Since it doesn't want to use fat, it instead uses our muscle tissue for energy. And since muscle burns calories, losing it results in our metabolism slowing down.
To prevent this from happening, eat enough food to show our body that keeping our fat stores is useless. Seeing this abundance of energy coming in will make it much more comfortable to burn off our fat stores.
So if you want to lose fat, try to eat less than 15 calories per pound of bodyweight a day. However, do not start out eating less than 12 calories per pound of bodyweight. For instance a 200 pound man should start by eating roughly 3000 calories a day.
2. STRENGTH TRAINING
Every extra pound of muscle we add burns an extra 50-100 calories a day. Therefore, the more muscle we have, the faster our metabolism, and the easier it is to lose fat.
So if you want to speed up your metabolism, strength training is a must. Stick to the basic exercises such as Bench Press, Push Ups, Dips, Chin Ups, Lat Pulldown, Rows, Squats, Lunges, Leg Press and Deadlifts.
If you don't want to build massive muscles, don't worry. If you are trying to lose weight, you will be eating a calorie deficit. You will simply not be eating enough to build more than a few pounds of muscle at most.
3. INTENSE CARDIO
When I say, intense, I mean 10 minutes of ball-busting effort that has you gasping for air and struggling to finish your workout.
Pushing to the limit like this, stimulates your metabolism so much so, that it stays elevated for the next 48-72 hours after the workout. This means that over the next few days after a workout, you will be burning more calories in your daily activities then you usually would.
What if you did another intense workout while your metabolism is still elevated?
Quite, simply your body fat wouldn't stand a chance!
What I recommend is doing 10 minutes of exercise as hard as you can. This can be as simple as a 10 minute run or breaking it up into periods of intense bursts followed by periods of active recovery.
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