Ready to to drop those love handles? Here are 5 easy ways to ramp up your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day.
1) Eat more frequently. This does NOT mean eat more, but simply eating less food at each meal and increasing the amount of times we eat each day. Instead of eating your 3 square meals, try eating 5 meals to meet your caloric needs. The body spends a lot of energy to digest and breakdown food to be converted into fuel for the body, so spacing out our meals means a more effective fat burning system.
2) Start a resistance training program and interval training. Walking and sustained running are great exercises. The only downfall to these sustained cardio sessions is that once you finish your exercise, your body does not continuously burn calories. Interval training and weight training not only burn calories while you're exercising, but will keep your metabolism ramped up even after you're done working out.
3) Have a cup of coffee or tea. Studies have shown that caffeine helps break down fat in a process called lipolysis (literally meaning breaking of fat). Studies have also shown that an 8 oz. cup of coffee can even increase cardiovascular health. Be careful of those delicious flavored coffee drinks, though. Many of them are packed with sugar adding unnecessary calories.
4) High protein diet. Protein is much more labor intensive for our body to breakdown to turn into energy compared to eating starch and sugar. Plus, sugar has been shown to have a negative effect on chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
5) Sleep well. Get a good nights rest. This means having a routine where you are going to bed and waking up at similar times. Human Growth Hormone, HGH, which has been a performance enhancer for athletes and even taken by celebrities to sustain their youthful vitality, is actually naturally produced in our body. It is released when we sleep, as long as we have not eaten right before we go to bed, and also after we exercise. HGH helps us rebuild and recover our body from a long day of work making it very important to prioritize our sleep.