Here are 5 fitness and nutrition tips to help you with your weight loss program. Follow these and you’ll boost your metabolism and burn more fat.
What would I do if I were you? If I were you and I wanted to lose the fat I gained over the holiday break…whether it’s 3 pounds, 10 pounds, or 20 pounds or more…so, here’s what I would do if I were you…
1 – Return to the program that has worked best for you in the past. So let’s say that your best fat loss ever was 8 pounds in 4 weeks last summer…when I was eating right and doing 3 total body workouts per week followed by intervals.
Then simply get right back on that program, pronto. Don’t worry about trying to set up some fancy program based on this research or that, just get back to what worked best for you.
2 – Drink six cups of Green Tea per day and 3.5grams of Omega-3 fatty acids per day (I’d get this from eating fish or from fish oil supplements). I’d eat at least 6 servings of vegetables per day and 6 servings of fruit. I’d snack on almonds. I’d eat only lean protein sources. Etc. Etc. And this is what I do, every day. Maybe some pizza on the weekend, but other than that, stick to the plan.
3 – Do only the exercises that you hated…as long as you hate them because they are hard. For me, that’s squats, dumbbell rows, split squats, and other big muscle-group exercises. Just thinking about those exercises jacks up my metabolism.
For many people, chin-ups are a major challenge…and let’s face it, they are a total body exercise if done right.
In fact, all of the major exercises in the strength and interval workouts are “total-body exercises”. If you don’t think that chin-ups and DB rows are total body exercises, then you aren’t doing them to their full capacity. Maybe you don’t have the total body muscle control to work your whole body with these exercises.
4 – Add more bodyweight exercises to my training schedule. Bodyweight workouts won’t cause too much soreness, but they will allow you to give your body more metabolic turbulence, meaning more fat loss and more calories burned.
And you don’t have to drive to the gym to do these. In fact, you could probably get a total-body, bodyweight workout done in the time it takes you to get to the gym and back.
5 – Keep trying to get stronger. Training to get strong causes the greatest metabolic response in your body. That means, in less geeky language, that your body will burn more calories, and ultimately more fat when you train to get stronger.