Six ways to boost your metabolic rate

One of the most important things that you need to be thinking about as you go through your fitness program is how you can supercharge your metabolic rate and burn more calories each day.

Those who are able to boost their metabolic rate are going to see faster fat loss success because of the fact that they are burning up more calories minute per minute compared to those who aren’t using the same techniques with their diet and workout program.

The first way to boost your metabolism in your workout program is to add some interval training to the mix. Interval training, where you alternative bouts of very high intensity exercise with lower intensity active rest periods is going to do more to get you in top shape than most types of cardio training and is going to help you accelerate fat burning for hours after the workout is finished.

These workouts only take 20 minutes or so to complete, so they’re a fast and easy way to get in and out of the gym in record time.

Interval training is very demanding on the body however, so only perform this style of workout a few times each week.

Second, you also need to make sure that you’re focusing on getting more protein in your diet. Protein is the a nutrient that will cause your body to burn up more energy just to break it down, so you can see fat loss success.

For every 100 calories or so of protein that you consume, you’ll burn up around 25 of those calories just digesting it. Add on top of that the muscle building and muscle recovery properties and you have a really nice addition.

While this may not seem like much, it will add up over time.

Moving along, drinking green tea rather than coffee is a great way to boost your metabolic rate and see faster results.

Green tea is high in certain compounds that will help to stimulate the metabolism so that you burn more calories each minute throughout the day.

Furthermore, green tea will also provide antioxidants to help keep free radical damage down, so this too can reduce your risk of health problems.

Cayenne pepper is one spice that you may want to consider using more in your diet plan. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which is going to help to stimulate the body to burn up more energy as heat, increase your metabolic rate and furthering along fat loss.

If you aren’t a fan of cayenne pepper, you could also consider adding chili peppers to your dishes for the same effect.

As an added benefit, those who are consuming these spicy foods tend to eat fewer calories overall, so you’ll also reduce your calorie intake as well as boosting your metabolism.

When you’re going about your workout program, if you want to boost your metabolic rate, make sure that you consider using shorter rest periods as well.

Doing weight lifting exercise without much rest between your sets is going to force your body to do more work total in less time, which creates what’s called the ‘after burn’, which means you’ll burn more calories for hours after the workout is finished.

This will also provide some cardiovascular benefits to your program as well, so that means you’ll have to do fewer cardio workouts in your fitness program.

Finally, last but not least, make sure that you get enough sleep as well. Lack of sleep is one of the biggest killers of fat loss success yet most of us are not sleeping enough each night.

Getting at least eight hours of sleep at night will boost your metabolism and help you make a fast recovery from your workout sessions as well.

So there you have the primary points to remember if you want to boost your metabolic rate and see faster weight loss results with your fitness program.

Stay committed, use these tips, and you will be seeing results faster than ever before.

Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.