I am sure you have heard or experienced that your metabolism slows with age.
You know when you are gaining weight and if your metabolism is slowing down.
Heck, you can see it when you look in the mirror or when you try to put on that dress you haven’t worn in 6 months.
The reality is that as you age you do have to WORK HARDER at keeping your metabolism running fast. You DO have to watch what you eat a little more closely to avoid extra unwanted calories.
But there are secrets and shortcuts to keeping your metabolism strong and constantly burning calories.
Incorporate these 4 tips TODAY for a healthy and strong metabolism.
1. Vary The Exercise Intensity
Varying the intensity of your workouts can have you burning calories for a longer period of time.
We call it the POST EXERCISE BURN…
Others call it EPOC.
When you workout at higher intensities or vary the intensity during the workouts you use more oxygen and nutrients to fuel the workout.
When you are done with the workout you have to “payback” what you used. This results in more calories burned many hours after you complete your workout. It could be as long as 24-36 hours after your workout and you are still burning extra calories from that workout.
2. Increase Lean Mass To Burn More Calories
Just like the high intensity exercise that burns more calories so does strength training.
It helps to build muscle tissue which then requires calories to live. This keeps you rmetabolism active because your new lean muscle is burning up calories.
Even though fat tissue is considered metabolically active, muscle tissue is metabolism boosting and creates a calorie burn.
3. Include Protein With Your Meals
Protein does many things in your body, but two primary functions is that it supplies amino acids so that your body can build new muscle.
It also helps you expend more calories digesting protein than any other macronutrient.
The amino acids in protein are the building blocks for muscle. When you include more protein in your diet you are creating an environment where you are able to use amino acids for future muscle growth.
Through what is called the thermic effect of food your body burns extra calories trying to digest the protein you are consuming.
This results in more calories burned just by eating protein.
Add some lean protein to every meal to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders.
4. Drink Tea Or Coffee
Both tea and coffee have healthy doses of caffeine this forces your body to burn off more calories.
The caffeine acts as a stimulant in your body and increases the rate of your central nervous system. This results in an increase in thermogenesis and fat burning.
Tea may even work better at burning those calories thanks to the catechins in tea. These are strong antioxidants that may increase thermogenesis and fat oxidation better than by just drinking only coffee.
Enjoy that cup of green tea in the morning…
These 4 steps have been shown to burn more calories by increasing lean muscle that requires your body to speed up your metabolism and calories burned. Then when you combine a few nutrients such as protein and tea you will also be increasing fat oxidation .