For many people, myself included, losing weight is a difficult task.
Since it is difficult, many of us look for ways to speed things up ... to boost our metabolism ... to help make the process easier and more efficient.
And because of that, many fad diets ... "crazy" workouts ... and off the wall ways to lose weight are everywhere.
It's sad really ... because when you are struggling to lose weight ... when you're unhappy with how you look and feel ... when you're lacking confidence and direction ... you'll try just about anything.
I know I did.
Trying the new latest and greatest fat loss secret, jumping from plan to plan, all in an effort to try and finally make things better.
Unfortunately, though, I made them worse. And even more unfortunate is that I'm not the only one.
But see, losing weight doesn't take some crazy ... super restrictive ... complex plan.
At a very baseline level it takes a good nutrition plan, moving your body, drinking water, and doing so consistently.
But if you're like me ... you want more than that. You want to know some more specific things you can do to help improve your metabolism and your results...
Or maybe you want to know what is means when people say "drink water" ... and how much?
Or when we say "move your body" ... but how, and for how long?
I get it!
And while it will be a little different for everyone, here is a list of 6 Great Ways to Improve Fat Loss!
1. Drink plenty of water
Water is extremely important in the metabolic process.
Your body’s cells have metabolic processes that need water and nutrients to perform - water is what helps these nutrients arrive at the cells.
After these processes have finished, there are toxins and waste left over.
Water is what removes toxins and waste from the cells.
If you are not hydrated, your body cannot do this efficiently.
Water also helps you gauge how hungry you actually are. Drinking a glass of water before a meal will help you feel full sooner.
It has been shown that people who drink water immediately before eating a meal will eat less than those who don't.
Now, I don't mean chug a whole bunch of water right before you eat ... but making sure you are hydrated going into the meal helps with proper hunger cues.
2. Try a High-intensity Workout
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts will jump-start your fat loss results.
As your body adjusts to higher stress levels, your metabolism will be working overtime during the time immediately after the workout.
You will also burn more calories during your body’s repair cycle during the following 24 hours.
Activities such as cross-training, burpees, and high-intensity aerobics classes are great ways to do this.
3. Build muscle
Weight lifting and resistance training help boost your metabolism and increase the number of calories you burn in a day, because it helps stimulate and create lean body mass or muscle tissue.
Muscle tissue is very metabolically active while fatty tissue is not. 1 pound of muscle will burn roughly 6 calories per day while at rest, which is about 3x as much as fatty tissue.
That can really add up! Weight lifting has other health benefits such as increased bone density and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Eat plenty of protein
To help rebuild and repair from high-intensity workouts and resistance training, you want to eat protein.
It helps provide the nutrients needed for the body to have energy and rebuild itself.
As a bonus, your body breaks down foods rich in protein such as chicken, beef, protein powders, fish, etc ... more slowly so you will feel full longer.
It also takes more energy to break down proteins, so you will burn more calories while digesting proteins compared to other foods.
The name for this is the thermic effect of food.
We have a wide variety of protein supplements that will help make this process easy and delicious as well!
I know, I know ...
If you are like me, you read that and automatically discount the positive effects walking can have.
But, as someone who overlooked it for years, getting a daily walk/movement in on top of my workout routine has been great for my health AND results.
Not only does walking help you burn more calories, but it can also help with natural energy levels. When your energy is up, you will feel more like working out, it's easier to say no to temptations, and you're more likely to stick to your plan.
Sleep is very important in regulating your metabolism, hormones, and appetite.
When sleep-deprived, the metabolism will slow down to conserve the energy it does have.
Your tired brain will release chemicals and your body will send signals to your brain asking for energy.
This shows in larger portion sizes at meals and food-related compulsivity when tired.
You are also more likely to consume more calories, often with little to no nutritional content when you were able to get little to no sleep the night before.
Plus, people are more likely to skip workouts due to lack of sleep, as they feel "too tired" to head to the gym.
While getting an overly sufficient amount of sleep will not boost your metabolism, not getting enough sleep will slow it down.
Losing weight is difficult ... challenging ... and flat out hard.
But that does not mean it has to be complicated or crazy.
Applying some, or all, of the steps above ... can help you improve your fat loss and lose weight.
And if you need any help at all ... or have any questions ... we are here to help!
Even if you don't shop with us, or never do, if you need help with your workouts, nutrition, or any aspect of your plan, let us know!
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