If weight loss is a game, consider your metabolism the star player. It’s responsible for keeping you looking great in your skinny jeans, and maintaining muscle mass (which you’ve worked so hard for.) After all, strong is the new skinny—so here’s how to keep your strength, power and svelte, sexy figure every day of the week. How, exactly? With a metabolism boosting workout of course!
Go Strong (Without Going Long!)
If you have a hard time losing weight, or keeping it off, you may need to adjust your diet and exercise. But don’t fear the gym or the scrambled eggs, because revving up your metabolism doesn’t have to be painful. It doesn’t have to require an intense 60-minute boot camp class five days a week—just 15 minutes of a morning workout supercharged by a super resistant training exercise plan!
Here’s why strength training is so important for a revved up metabolism: when you engage in 15-20 minutes of resistant training at the gym, at home (or even while performing ‘office aerobics!’) you’ll burn an extra 100 calories for that day—and the three days that follow! Need more motivation to work those biceps and quads? Strength training is a serious de-stresser. Lift more, and worry about life’s unforeseen circumstances, less!
Rev up your metabolism by going ‘strong’—without having to go long. After five minutes warming up, choose five lower body or upper body exercises. If you’re targeting the lower body, choose exercises like the following: squats, lunges, leg press, calf raises on the leg press and deadlifts. Perform 2-3 sets of each exercise three times week, and rotate between the upper body and lower body.
Eat Super Foods Cooked in Coconut Oil
If you’re already health conscious about the foods you eat, then chances are, you’re no stranger to salad. The next time you load up on your greens, add something special to your salad dressing—a little spice! Studies show that a little spice can add some ‘fuel to the fire’ to your metabolism. Just one teaspoon of spice will boost your metabolism—more specifically, those fat burning hormones responsible to flattering your tummy and leaning down your legs. Another food that will give you metabolism a kick start? Coconut oil. Due to the fatty acids in this superfood, coconut oil can allow you to burn more fat, and act as an appetite suppressant.
Who knew that revving your metabolism could be so easy? Just three times a week, start your morning with a powerful, bicep curling workout and some superfoods for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In no time at all, you’ll have a body—and the confidence—that’s worth a million bucks.