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.

Walking for Weight Loss – Always a Good Option

The Western world is getting fatter.  A sad statement but a true one.  Every year the percentage of populations in the obese category goes up, and so every year the money that Governments and individuals spend on weight related health issues goes up.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, losing weight is not as difficult as some make out.  Yes it does involve work and some sacrifice, but in reality weight loss can be as easy as walking.  In fact weight loss can be achieved BY walking.

Walking for Weight Loss

Whilst the idea of strapping on some running shoes and pounding out a marathon might leave you sweating from fear rather than exertion, the idea of walking for 20 minutes shouldn’t.  And for many people that is how little effort it can take for you to lose weight.

Such a small effort as walking for 20 minutes every day can start to burn calories, calories that you were storing as fat you instead now burn as energy.  Almost as importantly your metabolism increases, giving you an even bigger calorie burning boost that will last well beyond the length of time that you were walking for.

Because such a small effort is required walking for weight loss is perfect for beginners to losing weight, people who might have struggled to make weight loss gains in other more active sports.  Unlike many other activities to burn calories walking is also low impact, it puts far less pressure on your bones and joints than running, cycling and the like.

It is not just beginners that can look at walking as a useful weight loss tool though, by properly adapting a regime weight loss can be achieved at all sorts of levels for all sorts of people.  Extending the walking distance, walking up hills and more can be done to make this weight loss trick something viable for everyone.

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.