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In this video, you will learn how to boost your metabolism and burn more fat!
Before we move on, I do want to make it clear that in order to burn fat, you must be in a caloric deficit.
It does not matter whether you’re Paleo, Vegan, or Pegan, you must be eating fewer calories than you’re consuming to lose fat. Energy has to be either used or stored once it’s consumed and if your getting in too much energy, it will get STORED.
Factor #1. Your Personal BMR
Your personal basal metabolic rate is the number of calories you burn just living your normal life.
However, there is one modest way you can control it:
Improving the muscle to fat ratio on your body.
The more muscle and less body fat you have, the more calories you will burn just chilling, so to speak.
So how does one acquire this lean and sexy muscle tissue?
By lifting heavy things.
Doing resistance training is quite helpful for body composition and thus, benefits one’s metabolism.
Also, doing high-intensity circuit training is effective as well.
This form of training will help you build muscle while increasing your metabolic rate even after your workouts are finished.
The choice is personal preference, but if you’re truly trying to maximize fat burning then high-intensity resistance training is best.
Factor #2. The Hormone Insulin
The whole process of proper digestion is almost entirely dependent on the proper release and absorption of insulin.
Too many carbohydrates, particularly the wrong ones, over time leads to insulin resistance and medical conditions like type II diabetes.
Some important steps to take to get more insulin sensitive are:
#1. Eliminating fast acting carbohydrates, like refined grains, flour, and sugar from the diet and managing the overall intake of carbohydrates. #2. Getting proper sleep. The body becomes more insulin sensitive when we get 7-9 hours of sleep so it too effects your metabolism.
#3. Consider using Intermittent Fasting. It has been shown to both increase insulin sensitivity and raise resting metabolic rate by 3-14% during a fast.
We have an entire video for beginners here.
Factor #3. Digestive Enzymes and Gut Bacteria
The problem here is that may people have ruined their healthy gut bacteria and digestive enzymes by eating too many processed foods, consuming too much sugar, and even doing necessary antibiotic rounds that introduce bad kinds of bacteria into the body.
The best ways to fix this are:
You can also take a probiotic and/or digestive enzyme to help your gut out.
Factor #4. The Natural Thermogenesis of Certain Foods.
Some foods have a naturally greater thermogenic effect on the body, meaning the body uses more calories or energy to burn those foods.
Caffeine has been shown to boost the metabolism by 3-11% and promote fat burning.
Some of the best sources of caffeine are black coffee and green tea because of the additional nutrients they provide.
High protein foods like lean meats or fish have shown to have the greatest effect on thermogenesis resulting in a 15-30% increase in metabolic burn.
If you’re one of my many vegan or vegetarian friends the substitute would be a high-quality vegan protein shake as it will have a large concentration of protein.
Things like lentils, beans, and quinoa are great foods, but just don’t have the same concentration of protein as the above and won’t have the same metabolic effects.
Drinking ice cold water has a slightly thermogenic effect increasing metabolism by 10-30% for an hour.
Certain peppers like chilis and mustard has been shown to moderately increase metabolism and fat burning in various studies.
Finally consuming lots of dark and vibrant leafy green vegetables will help because they contain virtually no calories and the body still needs to use heat to processes them.
Making them a quote and off quote “zero calorie food.”