4 Tips To Jump-Start Fat Burning
If you feel like your weight loss has been slow and frustrating, you’re likely wondering what you can do to jumpstart the speed of fat burning you are experiencing and get on track to results.
While as the saying goes, ‘all good things in life take time’, there are certain things that you can do that will help speed the process along. While you should never expect overnight results, you shouldn’t feel like your rate of weight loss is like watching paint dry.
Here are a few quick tips to jumpstart your rate of fat burning progress.
Watch Your Complex Carb Intake
First, be sure that you are watching your carbohydrate intake, especially your complex carbohydrates. These more than anything will regulate the total rate of fat burning you see and will also influence how much total water retention you experience as well.
While you don’t need to cut out all complex carbohydrates as they are still needed to help fuel your activity, you should bring them down more than any other nutrient.
Cycle Your Calories
It’s also a smart move to cycle your calories. Have higher calorie (and carb) days on your workout days and then lower calorie and carb days on your non-workout days.
Cycling your calories like this accomplishes two things. First, it helps you avoid a progress plateau because your metabolic rate is moving along slower. Few things are as frustrating as a progress plateau.
Second, it also helps you take those lower calorie days down lower without feeling like you are starving 24/7. This can in turn lead to better diet adherence and progress.
Just do be sure that you don’t go so low that it’s impossible to stick with those lower calorie days.
Add A Bit More Protein
While you should be bringing down your carbohydrates, you should be taking up your protein. Protein has a higher thermic effect of food, meaning it’ll help you increase your overall calorie burn after eating each meal. While you can never eat only protein in your diet, adding a bit more than you normally eat would help you lower your total net calorie consumption, giving you an extra edge as far as fat burning goes.
Aim for one gram per pound of body weight or slightly more.
Next, also aim to stay hydrated. Dehydration can also lead to sluggish metabolic rates, meaning fat loss moves along more slowly.
Additionally, if you are not well hydrated, this can also mean that you are going to retain more water than you otherwise would, which will make you appear heavier than you otherwise would be.
Drink plain water and plenty of it – up to 8 cups per day for best results.
If you can keep these four tips in mind, you can help move your fat loss in the right direction in a hurry. Just remember that nothing will work better than exercise and eating right, so always focus on those two factors first and foremost.