When you’re following a weight loss plan, it’s normal to focus on “calories in” versus “calories out”. After all, you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to tap into fat stores for energy, and therefore lose weight. You might find yourself carefully calculating the calories in the foods you eat, or estimating how many calories you burn through exercise.
However, there’s another factor to this equation that you shouldn’t overlook. It is actually possible to boost metabolism, or the rate at which you burn calories throughout the day. When you do this, you’re increasing your energy output all of the time, rather than just when you exercise.
So, how is that done? One of the most important (and highly recommended) ways to boost metabolism is simply to build more lean muscle tissue. Muscle tissue requires more energy than fat, around the clock, so you’ll be burning more energy every day – even when you’re jut sitting around!
Consult a personal trainer. When you first begin your weight training regimen, consult a personal trainer to ensure that you’re performing moves correctly and safely. If this service seems a bit expensive, you could try out one of the popular virtual training services. The main idea is to identify which moves you need to do, how many of them you need to perform (repetitions), and for how many times during each exercise session (sets).
Challenge yourself. Once you establish a weight training routine, it won’t stay the same forever. As you become comfortable and get stronger, challenge yourself by adding weight or repetitions to your routine.
Provide your muscles with the right fuel. Make sure your diet includes enough protein, so that your body can effectively build lean muscle tissue.
On that note, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can review your dietary regimen, make recommendations for the appropriate mix of nutrients (including protein) and help you boost metabolism to shed those unwanted pounds.