Losing weight isn’t easy – there are conflicting arguments on how you to do it most effectively. Numerous diets are claiming to be the latest and best diet to hit the market. Most people believe that all you have to do to lose weight is eat less and workout more. To some extent they are 100% correct, but there are more effective ways to lose weight.
If you don’t know already increasing the speed of your metabolism is something you should be trying to achieve. I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “burning calories in your sleep” that is because of an increased metabolism.
Increasing your metabolism can be done in a number of ways; luckily if you are increasing the amount you exercise naturally your metabolism will also rise. Increasing your muscle mass will lead to increased calorie burning with a faster metabolism.
After an intense workout session you will carry on burning calories for many hours, in men working out for 90 minutes will give an 11% increase in your metabolism for two hours after the workout. After that it will slowly decrease, increased metabolism can last all the way till your next workout (within 24 hours). It’s common to see 100+ calories burnt whilst sleeping after a workout.
Let’s talk about how your diet can play a crucial role in increasing your metabolism. When most people start dieting for the first time they just cut down what they are originally eating, some people start skipping meals.
Do Not Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not just for energy but it also gives your metabolism the kick start it needs. Never skip breakfast – without breakfast your metabolism will be significantly slower until you get something to eat.
Crash diets are known for taking in so little – some diets even recommend less than 1000 calories a day. Eating so little will significantly lower the rate in which your body will burn calories.
When starting a diet to lose weight you should be aiming for 6-7 meals a day, doing this will allow body to continuously burn calories. Eating large frequent meals will not give your body enough time to burn off the necessary calories – smaller meals are recommended. The difficult part of dieting is the calorie intake, even though crash diets are taking a calorie deficit to the extreme you still need to take in less than you burn.
Getting dehydrated has been linked with slow metabolism; a study has shown that adults who drank 8 glasses of water burnt more calories than those who had drunk 4. Consider swapping out your sweetened drinks for water.
When trying to lose weight there are many things to consider, many different ways to increase the calories being burnt. All of the methods we have covered are small adjustments to anybody already trying to lose weight.
Increasing your metabolism is a must for anybody wanting to get the very most out of their diets. Ignoring this can mean dieting for longer and forcing your body to take a bigger calorie deficit to make up the difference. Sometimes even the smallest changes can give you the world of difference; this is especially true when dealing with diets.