Most of us, particularly if we struggle with our weight goals, have blamed the dreaded “metabolism” monster: “it’s too slow” we say!!! We often target it as a common weight-loss enemy without truly knowing the factors that play into metabolism – and whether or not we can change them.
1:Aim to strength train at least 2-3 times per week (hint, hint: This is the most important tip!) whether you’re a girl or guy, prioritise weight lifting in your exercise plan. Adding muscle mass increases your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate; tells you the number of calories needed to maintain your body in a rested, fasting state); Allowing you to burn more calories even when you’re not exercising. If you’re new to strength training or want to start, check out our special offers now!
2: Ramp up the intensity of your aerobic exercise (think running, swimming, biking faster). Exercising at higher intensities allows you to reap the benefits of “after burn”, a phenomenon where you burn extra calories post-exercise. To benefit from this effect, you should run, jump, swim, bike etc. at a pace where it’s difficult to talk. If you can push a little harder, then do so!!
3: Eat enough protein from high-quality sources. High-quality protein sources supply amino acids to your muscles post-exercise so that they can repair and grow. To learn more about how to determine your protein needs, check out our deals on bespoke nutrition plans!
4: Stay well hydrated. Water is important because all of the chemical reactions in your body that requires water – including the ones that burn calories.
5: Don’t starve yourself in order to lose weight. You need to consume a moderate amount of calories in order to lose weight. If you eat a significantly low amount of calories, you’ll lose weight rapidly but much of it will be from water and muscle loss. Plus, you’ll likely to lose hard-earned muscle mass that’s responsible for maintaining a higher BMR.