by Lisa Lynn, Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Specialist
Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose up to 40% more weight without having to spend more time in the gym or starving yourself? I want to give you several ways to kick start your metabolism – even if it’s on life support!
These metabolism-boosting tips will put your fat loss program on overdrive no matter what regimen you’re on! Whether you need to flatten your stomach, get rid of cellulite or perhaps are stuck at a weight loss plateau and want to lose those last 10 pounds, these metabolic boosters are just what you need to take you to the next level!
Beware: most of the diets and supplements that are found in your local pharmacy or sold on television can cause permanent damage to your metabolism. This happens because of over-stimulation of your nervous system, causing your body to secrete excess stress hormones. This not only stops fat loss dead in its tracks, but also causes fat to accumulate around your waist!
A good rule of thumb to follow before you put anything into your body is to ask yourself, “Would I give this to my 10 year-old”? If the answer is “No,” then you shouldn’t be consuming it either!
The simple truth is that what takes the weight off is also what keeps it off for good – that’s why we call it a “lifestyle,” rather than a “diet!”
Remember, it doesn’t matter what diet plan you’re on – be it Weight Watchers or simply trying to eat healthier – these tips can change your life because they allow you to live in the real world and not have to be “perfect!”
There is lots of diet help being offered out there, but what makes these tips different is that they are backed up by science – in short, they really work!
Prepare your body to burn more fat by doing cardiovascular work on an empty stomach right after you wake up. You’re probably asking yourself, “What? Exercise on an empty stomach?”
What you need to realize is that you burn a higher percentage of body fat exercising in the morning because your body’s supply of carbohydrate is depleted and its hormonal state makes body fat more accessible.
This allows you to speed weight loss by squeezing even more fat from your cells! That is why cardiovascular workouts are always best early in the morning before breakfast.
For even greater fat burn, try this metabolic cocktail as soon as you roll out of bed:
A cup of black coffee + LynFIT’s Cutting Edge (or at least 700MG of L-Carnitine).
Right after your workout is finished, boost your metabolism by 25% by drinking a LynFIT Complete Protein shake. Do this immediately after your workout (within half an hour) and you will step up your fat burning and replenish lost nutrients. That way, you’re not craving the wrong foods later in the day!
Remember, the reason most of us get food cravings is because we don’t eat correctly to begin with. LynFIT’s Complete Protein shake is low carb, fat free and has 25 grams of protein (any more than that cannot be digested by the body).
Drinking the right protein shake is key to losing weight and losing fat! Avoid ready-to-drink protein shakes and any diet shake that has more than 25 grams of protein and is laden with sugar.
Most commercially-manufactured protein shakes are not good for weight loss because they are not a “clean” source of protein and contain too much sugar, carbohydrates and fat!
Try to eat 38 grams of fiber a day by filling at least half your plate with high fiber vegetables (rather than fruit, which contains sugar) to boost fat burning. Fiber also helps you to feel full so that you can avoid snacking and keeps your blood sugar stable.
Maintaining balanced blood sugar is key to accelerated fat burning and nipping food cravings in the bud. Consuming plentiful amounts of vegetables is also a great way to buffer the fat-storing effects of eating an unhealthy meal.
The key to faster fat loss isn’t necessarily more time in the gym. Rather, it’s using more muscles at one time.
Simply put, the more muscles you work the more calories you will burn. The right exercise activates fast twitch muscle fibers that have the greatest calorie burn! You can activate your own “fat burning furnace” in less than 30 minutes by doing the right kind of workout.
All these crazy workouts like Cross Fit and p90X might make you feel like you are burning fat, but the truth is they actually don’t because they are often too intense and can cause stress hormones to be released. This causes your body to store fat around your stomach and waist – or even worse, you end up getting injured and then you can’t work out at all!
The truth is that only a small percentage of people’s bodies can take this kind of torture and they are mostly young males in their twenties. For the best fat loss results, it’s better to choose a safe exercise program that’s not too easy and not too hard and that you can do three times a week.
I have helped many, many people lose weight and flatten their stomachs by changing their eating habits and reducing the amount of time they spend in the gym. Bottom line: diet is 80% of your weight loss success.
If you’re not eating correctly, it doesn’t matter how hard you train – you will never see progress! Please visit my website and check out the before and after photos of my clients! If you purchase LynFIT fitness and nutrition products, please use discount code BLOG2 as my way of saying THANK YOU!
(published April 25, 2012)
Lisa Lynn is a fitness expert and a specialist in weight loss and metabolic disorders. Lisa’s approach to weight loss is based on personal experience, and her dedicated study of the metabolic effects of food, specific exercises and the smart use of supplements. Lisa is always available to help you become the fittest, healthiest person you can be, as well as for lectures and training. Visit Lisa’s website, lynfit.com, for information about her LynFIT Program, her great fitness and nutrition products, and much more.