As the summer quickly approaches and many of us have put on a little extra around the mid-line, we push ourselves to lose as much fat as quickly as possible for bathing suit season. To accomplish this difficult task, it is important that we follow simple but effective rules to attain our ambitious goal for the summertime.

Build Some Muscle

Each pound of muscle can burn approximately 35 calories per day without doing anything. Weight training increases our metabolic rate during exercise and even after your workout.

Boost Up Your Metabolism

There are many ways to do this but the best way is to eat 5 small well balanced meals every day. Skipping meals only puts your body in starvation mode which in turn holds onto calories as fat.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water provides a catalyst to remove toxins and fat waste from your body. Proper hydration helps your digestive system work most efficiently, metabolize your calories and use them for immediate energy your body needs.

Rev Up Your Heart Rate

When working out or doing cardiovascular exercise, avoid working at a minimal pace. Try super setting when working with weights or interval training with cardio. By spiking your heart rate, your body is forced to burn fat for immediate energy. High intensity burst followed by short rest periods will ensure you get the best fat burning workout.

Avoid High Fat or Sugar

Avoid foods that contain high levels of sugar. Unprocessed sugar turns to fat and is very difficult to burn. In addition, try to eliminate foods high in saturated or Trans fats. Consuming large amounts of sugar and fat can play havoc on your ideal summertime body.

Reduce Stress

Stress may contribute to slowing down your metabolism, and increasing fat storage in your abdominal area. But believe it or not exercise can actually reduce stress, increase your endorphins and help reduce fat.

Eat More Protein
Try to have some protein in every meal you consume. Protein actually takes longer to digest which forces your body to work harder and burn more calories. Eat approximately 25-35% of protein in your daily calorie intake.
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