6 Ways to Fire Up Your
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It can be discouraging when our results don't seem to match the
efforts we're putting in. But instead of giving up on our fitness program, or
worse, diving into the Twinkies (trust me, you'll regret it!), try making just
a few, easy changes to your diet and lifestyle to speed up your metabolism.
Sometimes the smallest things you do to increase metabolismlike getting
more protein in the morning or enough rest at nightcan lead to the
biggest weight loss surprises.
- Don't skip breakfast. Eating lean
protein in the morning will get your metabolism revved up for the day ahead.
Protein from egg whites, for instance, will stabilize your blood sugar, make
you feel full, and prevent you from overeating later in the day.
- Resistance training. Working out
with some form of resistance
bands, weights, or a stability ballhelps build your muscles. And because
one pound of muscle burns almost nine times more calories than a pound of fat,
the more muscle you have on your body, the quicker your metabolic rate.
- Interval training. Short 10-minute
explosive cardio sessions followed by less intense cardio for the same amount
of time will rev up your metabolism. For some of the best interval training
workouts, check out Tony's all-new
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- Get your beauty rest. Human growth
hormone works directly on cells to increase your metabolic rate by 15 to 20
percent and can only be produced during the hours of deep sleep. So make sure
you get a good night's sleep!
- The Magic Mix.
At mealtime, try consuming lean proteins from chicken and white fish
along with complex carbohydrates from fruits and veggies. This magical
combination will speed up your metabolic rate as food is transformed into
usable nutrients and you'll build muscle and burn fat during the digestive
- Ay, caliente!
Studies show that hot peppers, spices, green teas, and caffeine can
give your metabolism a sudden surge by stimulating the release of stress
hormones. If jalapeño and cayenne make you wince, turn to green tea, for
the same metabolism-boosting effect.