Monday, February 20, 2012

Win The War On Fat: Boost Your Metabolism

Boost Your Metabolism

A British study found that participants who increased the percentage of protein-based calories in their diets burned 71 more calories a day (that's 7.4 pounds a year) than those on low-protein diets. Protein burns hotter than other foods sources. Jumpstart your metabolism early with two scrambled eggs or a few slices of lean turkey bacon for breakfast, then keep it up throughout the day with at least one protein-packed snack, such as almonds or cheese, and lunch and dinner built around legumes, lean meats, tuna or salmon.

Eat More Often - Skipping meals allows your body's calorie-burning furnace to go cold. Spread out your calories with min meals and snacks throughout the day. Try a cup of yogurt with fresh fruit or almonds (I'm getting sick of almonds, dammit) at 10:30am and a hard-boiled egg around 3:00pm.

Burn Fat Faster - Kick your metabolism into overdrive by performing this body-weight routine 12 hours before or after your regular weight workout. Move from one exercise to the next without resting. Do a total of up to four circuits.

Prisoner Squat - 20 reps. Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Pushup - 15 reps. Just like gym class
Lunge - 10 reps per side. Take a big step forward with your left food and lower your body until your front knee is bent 90 degrees. Pause, and then push back up to a standing position. Repeat with your right foot forward.
Decline Pushup - 10 reps per side. Put your feet on a box or bench as you perform a pushup. This will force you to lift more weight.

Go Green - Catechins, the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, are known to increase metabolism. In a 12-week double-blind study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed 690mg of catechins from green tea daily had lower body mass indexes and smaller waist measurements than those in the control group. Forgo instant or powdered varieties and instead steep 1 teaspoon of loose green tea leaves in hot water for 4 minutes.

Source: Men's Health

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