Slaving away inside your body –
this very minute – is your own personal trainer working tirelessly
to help you burn calories and shed fat. It’s called your metabolism,
and it is the sum total of everything your body does. Every time you
eat, enzymes in your body’s cells work to convert food to energy
that keeps your heart beating, your mind working and your muscles
pumping through grueling workouts. The faster your metabolism runs,
the more energy you have and the more calories and fat you burn all
What if someone told you that there are ways to rev
up your engine so that your metabolism could function in overdrive?
Leave it to Mark Magazine to share with you several ways you can
become that lean, mean sexy machine you’ve dreamed about. u First,
eat a hearty breakfast every single day! What should you be having?
You should eat breakfast foods that are slow to digest and leave you
fuller longer. Try a mix of lean protein with complex low glycemic
index carbohydrates and healthy fats. Here are some suggestions: an
omelet made from one egg and two egg whites with a half cup of mixed
peppers and onions; a half cup of cooked steel cut oats with a
quarter cup of fresh blueberries or raspberries; a whey protein
shake with a cup of skim milk and a teaspoon of omega-3 loaded fish
oil. Never skip breakfast under any circumstances – it is the most
important meal of the day.
Secondly, choose protein for
lunch. Cramming protein into every meal helps build and maintain
lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even while
you’re sleeping. Aim for 30 grams of protein – the equivalent of one
cup of low-fat yogurt or a four-ounce boneless chicken breast at
Third, when you workout, don’t let the grass grow
under your feet! Move from set to set, muscle group to muscle group
rapidly. Move around and stretch or do calisthenics between
exercises. Reduce rest periods between sets to no more than a
minute. Reserve socializing until after your workouts. Leave the
damn phone in the car. Get off your ass and move it! You’re not in
the gym to “strike a pose” but to workout that body!
when you lift weights, count to three as you lower the weight back
to starting position. Slowing down the negative or eccentric part of
the movement increases the breakdown of those muscle fibers. Sounds
awful, right!? It isn’t because the repair process on these tired,
broken down fibers pumps up your metabolism up to 72 hours after
your session. Make sure to use weights that are challenging enough
and keep good form. Give each muscle group up to 72 hours to
recuperate before you work them again.
Finally, hit the sack early. Count on
eight to nine hours of sleep each night. Any less than this for
prolonged periods of time can make you cranky, depressed, and
fatigued or worse – you’ll store more fat and burn less calories!