6 Ways to Fire Up Your
Metabolism By Monica Ciociola
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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. Sometimes the smallest thingslike getting more protein in the
morning or enough rest at nightcan lead to the biggest weight loss
- 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 resistanceresistance 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 Power 90® Fat Burning System.
- 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
caliente! Studies show that hot peppers, spices, green teas, and
caffeine can give your metabolism a sudden surge by stimulating the release of