Some Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

The idea of losing weight as you sit on the sofa watching your favourite program is an attractive one isn’t it?  But it is possible.  Obviously you won’t lose weight just doing that, but you can be burning more calories sitting in front of the TV than you are now if you follow these tips.

As ever be aware that you are going to have to put in effort to lose weight, these metabolism boosting tips will help you lose weight but the odds of losing weight from simply sitting around are about as good as winning the lottery – one in a few million.

How to boost your metabolism

1. Eat the right foods.  This is a huge article (or even book) all to itself, but suffice to say there are a number of foods that boost the metabolism significantly.  Look especially to those foods that are rich in vitamin c and iron (such as spinach) or fat soluble rich fiber (like oatmeal), and of course spicy foods.  But don’t let that think you can ladle on the cream and calorie packed other foods just because you are eating them!

2. Weight lift.  One of the most powerful ways of boosting the metabolism, lifting weights can actually have you burning calories for hours after you have finished exercising.

3. Cardio.  Not quite as powerful as weight lifting (obviously it hasn’t developed the muscles!) but still very useful as a way to boost your body’s metabolism and so help strip the fat even when you are sitting down resting after your run/walk/cycle.

4. Eat!  It may sound out but to raise the metabolism you need to eat.  Eating less than 1,000 calories a day will slow the metabolism down considerably.  It is also needed to build muscle, and the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism.

Using Intermittent Fasting For Fat Loss

So you decided to lose some weight, huh?

I know you might be a little scared about it, but let me tell you, it’s not as bad as it seems. Seriously.

In this short article I will talk to you about how Intermittent fasting will help you to drop fat easily and quickly. You might have heard about this particular form of fasting, but let’s start with talking about what it is.

So, What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting usually means that you don’t eat anything for a portion of your day and only drink water and then you eat normally for the rest of the day. For instance 20/4 is a type of shorthand used in this type of fasting that means that you’re going to be fasting for 20 hours and then you’re going to have a period of non fasting. Makes sense?

How Is This Helpful To You?

Well, it does a few great things for your health. Let me list them here:

1. It strengthens your self control – when you decide you’re not going to eat and stick to it, you’re definitely going to come out of it stronger and you’re going to believe you can do almost anything. It’s really great.

2. Your body gets used to the regime – this is pretty self explanatory. When you eat regularly during similar time periods, you’re going to tell your body “this is when we eat, and this is when we don’t eat”. Before you know it, you’re only going to get hungry during the “eating periods”

3. You’ll live longer – studies show that if you fast regularly, you’ll actually live longer.

These are just some of the reasons for you to try out intermittent fasting. It’s really a great way to drop fat easily and it’s very beneficial as I listed above. You have to remember that you can in fact drink water as you fast. As you probably know, water will not make you fatr, so there is no problem drinking it.

So, How Do You Get Started?

Fasting can be dangerous for some people so you should start slow and take it easy at first. You don’t want to faint while going to work, do you? Just fast for 12 hours and see how you take it. If everything is ok, you can prolong the period of fasting to 18 and then 20 hours. If you feel good about everything after fasting for 20 hours, then you should be fine. Also if you have any doubts, it might be good to see the doctor before you start. Also, make sure that you remember to not fast too often. This might cause some serious health problems.

Intermittent fasting is great for losing weight. It really is perfect if you need some quick results. I hope I got you a little more excited about your weight loss adventure.

Low Intensity Steady State Cardio For Fat Loss

Many people that are quite new to losing weight and fatloss are wondering about this one question so I finally decided to address it on my blog. People really can’t decide whether HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio) is best for them. We talked about HIIT here already, so let me address LISS now as it is in fact a great way to drop the fat.

So, What Is LISS?

LISS is a very popular form of excercising. It’s low intensity workouts that usually take a longer ammount of time. Those guys you always see walking on a treadmill or riding a gym bike and talking to their friends are using LISS to work out. Why?…because it works.

You may believe it or not, but LISS actually works like gangbusters. I mean, it’s probably one of the oldest ways to work out. It burns a lot of calories although as I mentioned before it does require some time each day.

I mean, it’s not uncommon for a person using LISS to shed fat to do somthing simillar to this:
1. 20 minutes of brisk walking to the gym
2. A low intensive weightlifting workout at the gym for 30 minutes
3. And finally, 20 minutes of walking back home.

That person just spent an hour working out. They could accomplish results with just 20 minutes of HIIT, but you have to remember that your body does need the variety of different workout methods and some people just aren’t on friendly terms with HIIT. That’s why you do need to use LISS.

I use low intensity cardio for fatloss and it works great. I walk for 45 minutes to an hour at around a 3.5 mile per hour pace. I am only saying this to make sure that you don’t underestimate it because you’ve seen it so much. It’s popular for a reason.

Before we part I do want to share another great tip with you. If you really want to get the best results out of your LISS workout, try doing it early in the morning before you even eat anything.

This is precisely how your body is going to burn the most calories because you didn’t have anything to eat since the evening before.

Another thing that you should definitely remember is that your workout sessions should not be longer than 50 minutes. If you work out for longer than that, you’re going to be running a risk of burning your muscle tissue to supply energy and that’s of course never good.

Just to sum up, LISS is good. You should do it. Go ahead and mix it up with HIIT if you want to, but do get some good cardio in. It will do you good.