In their pursuit to lose some extra kilos, people quite often go for strict diets, which involve limits on the amount and type of food a person eats. Such extreme measures may help in reduction of weight for a brief period, but pose serious health hazards if carried on for a long enough time. Exercising periodically for some time under the supervision of a personal trainer is a lot better alternative than engaging in strict dieting.
However, a high percentage of people are not sure about the advantages of working with a personal trainer, and express suspicion as to how effective such a program would be. There are, actually a whole lot of reasons to engage a personal trainer.
First of all, a personal trainer will create a comprehensive exercise plan for you and this will encourage you to attain your health objectives. This will help you become more driven towards your efforts to care for your fitness and overall health.
Secondly, a personal trainer, being a specialist, guides you on the correct exercises and techniques to use while working out, and will offer an exercise schedule and diet plan suited to your body and its specific requirements. Hence your self formulated exercise schedule and reckless attempts at eating less will be replaced by a more planned and concentrated program.
Thirdly, a personal trainer is more sincere to you than you tend to be with yourself, and can give you a correct picture of your fitness and health standards. Your road to a longer and healthier life will also be paved by a personal trainer who will plan for you strategies to battle against general health issues.
Fourthly, preventive measures against injury and quick recuperation from an injury can also be taught by a personal trainer, and he can make you informed enough to continue with your exercises without his instructions.
Lastly, a personal trainer makes you responsible enough to meet deadlines and abide by schedules, encouraging you to develop an ongoing approach to the maintenance of your new found good health.
In a personal training program, you and your fitness needs get complete attention from your trainer. A clear idea of your health needs and fitness aims is the first step to ensuring a fruitful personal training program. Moreover you can check on references, qualifications and experience of the trainer beforehand, and develop a good way to communicate once training starts. A cautious consideration of all these factors can ensure a very satisfying personal training experience.
You’ve finally done it! You’ve bulked up and reached the size you always dreamed of being! All of a sudden, you’re walking around like a human tank and people are diving out of the way when they see you coming down the hall…
It’s a great feeling being your biggest and you’ll be smashing your personal bests down the gym no doubt! But there’s a problem…
With all that extra size, you’ve inevitably put on at least some fat as well as muscle. This somewhat diminishes the achievement of bulking up. Whereas before you felt small, skinny and weak… now you’re afraid to take your top off down the beach because of all the flab.
You can’t win!
So is there a way you can have your (protein) cake and eat it too? Let’s dive in and take a closer look…
Why You Get Weaker When You Get Leaner
Bulking up is actually relatively easy once you know how. You just need to lift heavy weights a few times a week and then spend the rest of the time resting up and eating big. This is what most people really don’t understand about bulking – it’s actually the resting and the eating part that makes the magic happen!
And as it happens, resting and eating is also what helps to make you stronger. The reason for this is that when you relax and eat a lot, you’re putting yourself in a calorie surplus. As far as your body is concerned, you have plenty of excess energy and it can do whatever it likes with it. That means you’re going to build plenty of muscle and build plenty of ‘fast twitch’ muscle fiber – the explosive powerful kind.
This type of muscle is highly inefficient from an energy consumption standpoint but that doesn’t matter to the body as long as you’re in a caloric surplus.
Conversely though, when you start eating less and/or exercising more, your body will need more energy. That means it can’t afford the running costs of your fast twitch muscle fiber and it will get replaced with the alternative ‘slow twitch’ kind.
And as a result of all that, you’re now going to be left with less explosive power. Did you know that couch potatoes actually have quite a lot of explosive power for this reason?
Of course the first thing is to taper slowly from your high carb, high protein, low activity lifestyle. Try to more gradually introduce extra activity and reduce the amount that you’re eating.
At the same time, you also need to think about ways you can protect all that muscle you’ve built. Supplementing with BCAAs can help to do this for example.
More important though, you need to start training with heavy weights. When you do that, you’ll be telling your body that you need that fast twitch fiber and you’ll be learning to use the fiber you have more effectively. This strengthens your mind muscle-connection and it allows someone as thin as Bruce Lee to be as powerful as he was.
Switch to heavy lifts around your 1-3 rep max and you’ll stand the best chance of hanging onto that strength!
Jumping into any physical exercise routine without the proper warm up phase would only put the individual into the path of possible injury.
Therefore it is very important to have some sort of warm up routine or have some precautions taken to ensure a injury free exercise routine.
The following are some of the recommendations that can be effectively used to avoid possible injury:
Having a routine physical fitness test would be a good idea, as the individual will be able to gauge from a professional view his or her current capabilities levels and then design the workouts accordingly.
Gradually increasing the intensity and time spent on each workout session would be better than just using a uniform guideline provided for as a whole. With the gradual additions the individual is able to better avoid injuries as the body will be slowly introduced to the changes rather than being “shocked” into compliance.
Having the advice of a personal trainer at hand is also something to consider if the individual is not really savvy with the various workout equipment and routines. A personal trainer will be able to provide the assistance that will help the individual make better and safer choices.
Warm up exercises can never be underestimated for it value. This phase will condition the body to be ready for the impending exercise routine, and this is especially important if the routine involves vigorous movements.
For some people starting a workout session on an empty stomach is something that they have grown used to over time, but for the less experienced exercise buff, having a light nutritious meal would be recommended. This food intake will help to keep the mind alert thus avoid possible injuries from occurring.
Advanced Training Techniques
Firstly it should be noted that advanced training techniques are only suitable for those who are already in good physical shape and have already been exposed to regular and fairly vigorous training sessions. These sessions should already be done on a regular basis.
The following are some advance training techniques that are popular both for its apparent benefits to the body and also for its innovativeness.
This type of exercise routine would involve the immediate switching of exercise routine as soon as one style is completed. Ideally there should be about 2 – 3 different workout style done is succession.
The idea behind this technique is to create more blood flow into the pectorals and provide an intense effective training for the chest muscles.
These sets can be designed to focus on the same muscle group using different exercises, or the focus can be switched to other muscle groups, but the main idea is to stay with the routine without any breaks.
Exercises such as bench press, dumbbells flys, bicep curl, triceps pushdown, leg press, leg extensions are just some of the ones used.
Negatives are another option that is considered very powerful for building strength. This involves the positive and negative elements in the exercise routine, where the positive focuses on the contracting and the negative focuses on the stretching parts of the routine.
Here the individual is expected to “hold” the exercise position for longer than necessary to create the pressure on the exact area being focused on, and if the ability to do so is possible without much effort, then there should be additional pressure added.
The ideal gauging time frame should be about 5 seconds. Examples of which may include bench press, close grip bench press, wide grip pull ups and preacher curls.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that they need to have a highly complex training program with an elaborate list of supplements and an iron will in order to get into shape. This is why people will spend so much money on personal trainers, on gyms, on creatine, on protein shake and on programs like ‘Insanity Workout’.
But that shouldn’t be true. In reality, as long as you stick to a relatively decent training program and you’re consistent, you should see results. Even if you are just doing a few press ups every night, this should be enough to bring about some positive change in your body. Could it be better? Sure. But it should be enough to do something.
So if that’s what you’re doing and your training is genuinely consistent… why aren’t you seeing any results? Well, there’s a few reasons…
You’re Not Giving it Your All
The first and most likely cause here is that you aren’t giving your training enough effort. It’s not enough to simply go through the motions when you lift weights or perform CV; you need to really push yourself and you need to work hard enough to feel the burn or the pump in your muscles and you need to feel the sweat forming on your body.
One big mistake you might be making then is leaving the TV on while you train! This can distract you from your workout and prevent you from really focussing on and engaging the muscles while you’re lifting or moving.
The Rest of Your Life is the Problem
If you’re training as hard as you possibly can and you just can’t seem to shift those last few pounds, then you might need to take a look at the rest of your training regime. What you’ll probably find is that you aren’t as active the rest of the time as you could be.
We are not designed to be largely stationary 24 hours a day and then to workout intensively for 30 minutes. If you really want to be healthy and fit, then you should be constantly resting or training. Take a look at your routine then and see where you could fit in more walks, more runs or perhaps an exercise class.
Your Hormones Are Getting in the Way
If you have the wrong hormone profile, then your body will be prone to burning fat and muscle for energy rather than storing it. That makes you an ectomorph. Or perhaps you’re someone who stores fat very easily and can’t lose any weight.
This could be caused by some kind of medical condition. Speak with your doctor about the possibility that you might be suffering with low testosterone, hypothyroidism or polycystic ovaries.
Even if you aren’t clinically ‘unwell’, it may still be the case that you have low testosterone, low T4, or poor insulin sensitivity. Luckily, there are normally things you can do about this situation. One of the best options is to train more regularly. Another is to eat more. Fix your hormones and you’ll make training much easier.
The frenzied lifestyles we lead these days barely give us any time to think of what we will be having for the next meal of the day. But with some effort, you can easily chalk up a menu (for a week or two) that is nutritious and cost effective as well. A menu plan not only helps you save a whole lot of money, but it also lets you know what you will be eating.
It is far more healthier to have an idea of what you will be preparing, instead of pulling out the first thing you see in the pantry/freezer and deciding to make a meal out of it. To create a menu plan that saves time and money, here are some tips that you can follow:
The first step of menu planning is to find out what you have in hand. Make a mental note of the meals you can prepare using what is available in the freezer, pantry and fridge. Prepare a shopping list of the things you have to buy to help you shop smartly, avoid impulse purchases and save money and time. Remember the essentials like fresh fruits, cereal and milk which you always buy.
Before you set out, plan your expenses. Have a look at the grocery ads and food coupons you already have. Maintain a price book in which you record how much things cost at different stores to help you know where you will find the best bargains for different items.
When you plan the menu for different meals, pay attention to serving enough vegetables and fruits and remember to balance your meals. Keep note of the requirements of your family, based on their ages, activity rates etc to ensure that food does not get wasted. The trick to make a meal appealing is by offering a variety that is both tasty and nutritious.
While planning a menu, you should think of how you will utilize leftovers. Leftovers can come handy on a day when you don’t have time to do elaborate cooking. Making use of a part of a meal to make a completely new meal can help you reduce your cooking time and food costs.
There are bound to be times when you will have to come up with quick alternatives when things don’t go according to plans. A hectic day at work, your kid’s illness, surprise visitors at home or weeks when you need to stretch the paycheck are situations when you should be prepared to make changes to your menu and reschedule your plans accordingly.
When our fast paced routines give us no time to breathe, having a menu plan means one less thing to worry about. With a clear plan of healthy and cost-effective meals for the day and week, you can be content about taking care of your family’s dietary requirements without spending too much money.
It’s important to eat right at all times. But when you live an activelifestyle you have got to be sure you’re fueling your body right in order to keep up and not get run down and even get sick. If you don’t have the proper nutrients and end up running around like crazy, then you are more likely to have faster crashes and burns and even to end up catching colds and other illnesses much easier.
So here’s how to eat to fuel your body so you can keep up with everything you want to do.
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of antioxidants. What this does for your body is protect it from damage due to free radicals which will cause you to age faster and break down the cells in the body. Lots of colorful fruits and vegetables will help to neutralize the effects of free radicals on your body. So fill up your plate, or at least half of it, with these foods.
Whole grains, low fat dairy, lean meats, and fruits and vegetables all provide the vitamins and minerals needed for energy to fuel an active lifestyle. Our bodies aren’t very efficient at producing the vitamins and minerals needed to function properly, so we have to choose the right foods with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat smaller, healthy, well-balanced meals throughout the day. Eating six to eight smaller meals a day instead of three large meals will keep you energized throughout the day so you can maintain your active lifestyle. It will keep your energy up and metabolism high.
You cannot avoid fat. Most foods contain fat and your body is in need of fat. But you need to choose healthy fats, not empty calories. Eating fats with key fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 will provide you with good heart health and will lubricate your joints. A great healthy fat to eat would be nuts like walnuts.
Don’t follow the old adage of waiting 30 minutes before you can swim. Eating prior to exercise will fuel that workout. But be smart about what you eat. You don’t want a big heavy four-course meal; it should be sensible. This way you aren’t hungry in the middle of your workout.
Remember to drink water throughout the day. An important part of nutrition is to remain hydrated, no matter what kind of lifestyle you live.
What you put into your body – your food and drink – is going to have a huge impact on how you perform throughout the day. So choose the right diet, but then fine-tune how you eat throughout the day based on how you perform. Be open to making changes and space out your eating schedule differently. Doing this will improve your performance, and will help you maintain your active lifestyle and remain in good health while doing it.
So overall, the cons might just outweigh the pros when it comes to using nootropic to increase or decrease quantities of specific neurotransmitters.But that is not to say there’s no way you can effectively increase your brain power with a little outside assistance. The key is simply to switch your focus to your long term brain health rather than trying to get an immediate boost to your intelligence.
And doing this is very easy with the right diet. Diet is absolutely essential for brain health and many of us don’t realize just how critical it is in this regard. Let’s take a look at just some of the nutrients and supplements that you can use to enhance your brain power.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When you eat any meat, your brain will break it down into the amino acids and then recombine these to build tissues around your body. These tissues include use in the brain and so consuming more amino acids can be used to actually improve the body’s ability to repair and grow the brain!
But this is not where the importance of amino acids ends.
Amino acids are also crucial for creating many neurotransmitters. For example, l-tyrosine is used to create dopamine, whereas tryptophan (discussed earlier) is used to create serotonin. Others, like l-theanine, can have direct effects on the brain and in this case it’s a somewhat calming effect. L-carnitine meanwhile has an energy boosting effect on the brain by increasing the performance of the mitochondria (more on this in a second!).
As we’ve seen with 5-HTP, it is possible to consume many of these amino acids on their own, in order to trigger immediate changes in the levels of neurotransmitters. However, this leads to imbalances as we’ve discovered and despite popular opinion, this is never a positive thing.
So instead, the best advice is to focus on trying to get a healthy mix of as many amino acids as possible. By simply eating lots of protein, or supplementing with amino acid products, it’s possible to provide the brain with all the materials it needs to create all of the different neurotransmitters as and when it needs them.
This then makes it better at entering every mental state and ensures that you can maximize your focus, concentration, memory and relaxation all at the same time. The best way to conveniently get lots of amino acids? To consume plenty of eggs. Eggs are one of the only ‘complete proteins’ meaning that they contain all of the amino acids that the brain doesn’t create on its own.
On top of this, they also contain choline, which is the precursor to excitatory neurotransmitter acetylcholine. They’re a great source of healthy saturated fat too and seeing as the brain is predominantly made from fat, this is also a very important and beneficial factor.
The same goes for countless vitamins and minerals. These too are used to create a lot of the neurotransmitters that are so highly sought after by people trying to enhance their productivity and focus. Vitamin B6 in particular is used to create a huge number of neurotransmitters. Vitamin C meanwhile is key for increasing serotonin and boosting the mood, while also providing protection against illness (which brings with it cytokines – an inhibitory neurotransmitter).
And there are plenty of other roles for vitamins and minerals too. Iron and vitamin B12 both help with blood flow by producing more red blood cells. Vitamin D helps with the regulation of hormones, especially testosterone. Zinc plays a key role in enhancing neuroplasticity. Magnesium meanwhile helps to combat depression and anxiety. In short, if you are not getting the micronutrients you need, then you are not giving your brain everything it needs to function optimally.And this is why you need to avoid processed foods.
Anything that is very artificial like a Mars Bar, bag of crisps or McDonald’s burger will contain calories to fill you up but won’t contain the nutrients you need to function. You’ll stay alive but you’ll feel tired, sluggish and far less productive as a result. Eat healthy salads, smoothies and lots of fruit and veg and you’ll find that you start feeling healthier and alert. The next best thing is a multivitamin and if you get the right one of these then it can do a lot to improve the function of your brain as well as your overall health and wellbeing.
If you’re looking for an immediate brain boost that you can get from safe supplements and foods, then look for vasodilators. A vasodilator is any substance that dilates the blood vessels (veins and arteries). These will allow more blood and more oxygen to get around the body, which in turn will result in more making it to your brain.
A particular favorite among nootropic-fans is vinpocetine because this vasodilator focusses on the brain specifically – and the prefrontal cortex even more specifically. This means you’re getting more energy right to the part of the brain that you use for planning and problem solving and some people describe the feeling as being like ‘a cold shower for your brain’.
Cognitive Metabolic Enhancers
This is a fancy term for anything that increases your brain’s energy levels and often this means things that will increase the efficiency of your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy factories of your cells. They float around inside the cytoplasm and they use glucose and ATP to power your bodily functions – including brain function!
Numerous things can help your mitochondria to perform better and these include CoQ10, lutein, l-carnitine, PQQ and more. In other words, a mixture of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and all kinds of lesser known nutrients available in supplement form.Again, the best strategy is just to eat a very balanced and nutritious diet but you can also increase your energy levels further by using creatine.
Creatine is a supplement that is very often used by athletes and bodybuilders. Its main function is to convert used ATP (adenosine and ADP) back into more useable ATP. In other words, it recycles adenosine which thereby provides you with extra energy to use in your training. The more recent surprise though is that this also enhances brain function by improving the energy efficiency of brain cells.
Basically, it allows the brain to recycle its ATP too, which means you get just a second or two of extra energy at maximum exertion. Studies show that individuals who take creatine get a slight boost to their IQ, so this is definitely a very effective nootropic – and one with zero side effects or risks! Creatine is produced naturally in the liver and can also be obtains from your diet (sources such as beef). However, the best way to see a significant boost is to use it in supplement form – look for creatine monohydrate.
Omega 3 fatty acid is a great antioxidant that is found in tuna and other oily fish, as well as some nuts and various other sources. What makes omega 3 useful for the brain though, is the fact that it can improve ‘cell membrane permeability’. Essentially, this means that it makes the cell walls of the neurons just a little more permeable, thereby allowing things to pass through a little more easily. That includes neurotransmitters, nutrients and more – so it essentially makes brain cells more responsive and thereby gives you a slight boost yet again.
Antioxidants are key for looking after your brain’s long term health. These include vitamin C, omega 3, resveratrol and tons of other micronutrients. Essentially, antioxidants work by destroying ‘free radicals’ – substances that damage cells when they come into contact with them and which can even lead to cancer if they make it through the nucleus and cause damage to the DNA!
Consuming antioxidants is thus a very important strategy for your overall health and will also help you to reduce your likelihood of illness by strengthening your immune system. However, what we’re interested in right now is how this can boost your brain power in the long term by protecting brain cells from damage and potentially lowering your chances of developing tumors later in life.
Exercising is one of the best ways to keep the human body in optimum shape besides the more obvious elements like proper diet and food choices.
A good nutrition will allow the body to function well during and after a workout session.
Being aware of the protein intake when physical activity is being practiced on a regular basis is important as it helps to ensure the correct amounts of macronutrient needs are being met. The carbohydrate and protein intake must be adequate to help maintain the body weight, replenish the glycogen store and help with the building and repairing of any tissue damage.
The diet should ideally consists of energy derived from fat which should be about 20 – 25% of the overall energy contributor, anything less would not be able to yield the desired results.
Having a good pre workout meal or hydrating liquid concoction would be most beneficial in ensuring all the right nutrients are available within the body system to help the body cope with the exercise regimen designed.
This may include some orange juice, water and whey protein, or some Endurathon mixed in with water, or a vanilla whey protein smoothie with berries and orange juice. Even some yoghurt and cereal or some toast and peanut butter are good pre workout boosters.
The post workout meal is also very important as this is provides the necessary elements to repair any damage done during the exercising session or to simply replenish the nutrients for the body.
Drinking a shake or a sports drink or even eating an energy bar after a good work out session will help maximize the muscle building process and hasten the body recovery time..
The energy needed to get the best out of any exercise routine is often not simply available without the aid of essential supplements. There are many different ways of getting these supplements, some of which are through natural sources while other are taken in the form of pre processed supplements.
The following are some examples of essential supplements for extra energy sources:
Caffeine – this particular item has always been known for its “pick me up” qualities. Acting as a good energy booster this convenient and easily available item is a good stimulant that increases the energy, focus and endurance levels of an individual, and this is especially beneficial for high intensity workouts.
Energy drinks – these drinks are usually specially designed to help replenish the body during and after a workout. The energy boosting angle of this drink will be a good and easy source for the rejuvenation feeling. It is also a cheap and fuss free way of being re-energized.
Energy bars – these are food items that are specifically designed to be compact enough to conveniently carry around and they are filled with energy packed ingredients.
Energy shots – another conveniently small packaged drink that contains all the necessary stimulants to support energy and performance. This will help the individual stay refreshed and energized even after a strenuous workout.
Other essential supplements, that are usually ideal for workouts would include a good dose of carbohydrates as this also provides a good source of energy and fuel for the body.
Vitamin B is also another essential need for the body as it helps to promote overall healthy and optimizes the energy and metabolism within the body. Ribose is a natural occurring sugar that may increase the ATP production and performance while supporting the energy levels.
If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it a dozen times – fad diets don’t result in permanent weight loss. But what about when you want to lose a few pounds fast. It’s hard not to try the Cabbage Soup Diet or Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days Diet. While these diets might work is this really safe weight loss and will it last? According to NBC’s Biggest Loser medical doctor Dr. Michael Dansinger, there’s nothing wrong with rapid weight loss.
Losing 20 pounds in a week because of an aggressive exercise and easting program that involves hours a day of exercise combined with healthy eating choices and restricted calorie intake can result in exactly this kind of weight loss. However, such a program should never be undertaken without first getting your physicians approval.
Even without taking it to the extreme losing 3 to 5 pounds a week can easily be accomplished. Losing weight fast is really as simple as a math formula. You must burn more calories than you take in. A deficit of 500 calories seems to be the recommended and can be accomplished by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your physical activity.
If you want to lose those pounds faster than exercise more and eat less. Around 1100 calories combined with one hour of exercise a day will lead to a loss of 3 to 5 pounds in the first week. If you weigh more than 250 pounds then the amount will be more. Great news – According to Dr. Michael Dansinger, the more fat you have to lose the faster it will come off.
Did you know you can lose up to 5 pounds in fluid just by reducing starch and sodium intake. While cutting back calories has the greatest effect on weight loss it’s important to not do any drastic reduction or you’ll put your body into starvation mode and you’ll lose nothing. Dieticians recommend not going below 1,200 calories a day.
Trying to lose weight can be tough. Trying to lose weight fast can be even more of a challenge. If you think you have to starve yourself or endlessly exercise you’ll be happy to learn that’s not so.
Preparing for your weight loss program can make a huge difference in your success. When you take the time to evaluate your weight loss needs you’ll be able to better chose the best diet and exercise program for you. Your metabolism is key to your weight loss, which is why you need to discover how fast your metabolism is. There are plenty of free metabolism calculators you can use.
What many don’t realize is that to enjoy the maximum weight loss two 15 minute cardio workouts 3 to 4 times a week, combined with some weight training or resistant training on 2 to 3 times a week will result in maximizing your weight loss. The best fast weight loss combines exercise with reduced calorie intake. It will provide you with the quickest results. As you build muscle, you’ll it takes more calories to maintain that muscle and so you’ll lose more fat.
Don’t waste your time with crunches. All you’ll do is develop muscle under the fat and you’ll actually look fatter. Cardio workouts are ten times more effective so take advantage of them. There’s no need to have to spend any money to enjoy your cardiac workout other than a pair of comfortable shoes. Walking briskly is an excellent cardio workout. Of course, you can add cycling, jogging, running, or other activities, which you enjoy.
The best diet is a healthy diet. That means avoiding processed foods and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as quality protein (poultry and fish) and complex carbs. Then all you need to do is take in fewer calories than you use.
You can do this by either eating less or by exercising more. There’s really no big secret here. If you reduce your calorie intake start with a 100 to 200 calorie reduction. Never drop more than 500 calories or you risk scaring your body into starvation mode. When that happens you’ll not lose a pound.
To learn you can lose weight quickly is rather exciting. It’s great to discover it doesn’t have to take months to lose those pounds. In fact, you can easily lose 3 to 5 pounds a week and you can do it without any risk to your health. In no time, at all you’ll be leaner, thinner, and more toned.
Weight loss is a battle many of us find ourselves facing. Whether its 10 pounds or 100 pounds you can do, and you can enjoy quick weight loss too. Let’s look at some great ways to speed up your weight loss.
One way to speed up your weight loss is to speed up your metabolism. One sure fire way to increase your metabolism is to get active. When you increase your muscle mass you speed up your metabolism. Another way to boost your metabolism is eat small amounts more often.
Rather than three meals a day, go for six small meals a day. Eating foods that are high in protein and foods that are spicy can both improve your metabolism. Give up coffee and start drinking green tea. There is all kinds of evidence that green tea speeds up the metabolism. You should set an alarm to go off every four hours to remind you to eat. Sound ridiculous? Well it’s not. This technique ensure you eat smaller meals throughout the day, an effective metabolism booster.
Finally have a sauna. Being hot can boost the metabolism by 20%. You should always talk to your physician before using a sauna. A very hot bath can help too. While it may not be as effective as a sauna, it still helps.
Losing weight is all about change. You need to change your eating habits, your exercise patterns, and your lifestyle choices.
You need to create a plan of action, motivate yourself, and then get going. Throw your body a curve ball and change things up rather than always doing the same thing. With this method you’ll see the fastest weight loss. And remember to make positive choices in your life now that you’ll be able to do for the rest of your life.
Here’s a little secret many don’t know about. Lemon juice speeds up weight loss. It contains citric acid, which slows gastric emptying time so you feel full longer, and eat less. Your diet should be high in protein, complex carbs, and fiber, while it should be low in fat and simple carbs.
Most of us have trigger foods we just can’t put down once we start eating them. Storing these foods in the freezer makes it harder to carry out that behavior thereby breaking the cycle.
Finally, you need to incorporate exercise into your weight loss program. Cardio exercises combined with weight training will optimize and tone your muscles while burning the unwanted fat. You can easily lose 3 to 5 pounds a week and those numbers can be much higher if you are truly committed.
To lose weight you need to take in fewer calories than you burn. As you track your calories if you are taking in more than you are burning you’ll need to ramp up the exercise. This is important so don’t let it out of your sight.
We all know how important it is to drink plenty of water but sometimes we have a craving for something other than water. In that case, you should choose fresh fruit juice that contains no added sweeteners, which translate to calories.
6. Increase Your Fiber
Fiber is really good for you and it is important in your weight loss program so make sure you are getting enough.
7. Go Vegetable Crazy
When it comes to weight loss vegetables are your best choice. While all veggies are good for you, leafy greens are your best choice. Make sure you include them in your salad. Fresh veggies contain the nutrients you need and they offer important fiber to the diet. They make great snack foods and can quickly take care of hunger pangs.
Do not fall into the habit of snacks between meals. This is a common problem for people on the move. They get hungry and grab whatever junk food is nearest to take away the hunger pains. These are not only calories you don’t need or want; there is also a great deal of fat in these snack foods. Just eliminating junk food snacks and soda can easily lead to a 2 to 3 pound reduction a month, without doing anything else.
If you are going to build muscle, you need protein. Muscle burns fat and so you’ve got a winning situation here.
10. Eat Smart
The difference between eating smart and eating to eliminate the feeling of hunger is the difference. Don’t just eat to eat. Ask yourself if what you are about to eat is going to offer your body nutrition.
These 10 top tips will help you lose weight quickly. Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard.