Many people just don’t understand the importance of increasing their metabolic rate in regard to burning off excess calories. Fat is nothing more than stored calories. If you eat more than your body’s daily caloric requirement, the body will store the excess calories as fat and it build sup from there.
The first stage is limiting the amount of calories you consume each day but not compromising the nutritional value. This calls for understanding nutrition and studying up on nutrition is of vital importance. Once you’ve got a handle on what you should eat, the workout to burn off calories will raise your body’s ability to do so even hours or even days after.
It all depends on the type of exercise you engage in. Your regimen will determine the rate at which you burn off those calories and it’s not too complex to follow.
First of all, both cardio exercises and resistance training will raise the metabolism and burn off fat in their own unique way. With weight lifting, the body tears down muscle and rebuilds it. The muscle in turn needs calories and burns off fat continuously, not as much as a cardio workout, but more than enough to see results in the short and long term.
Cardio is the way most people enjoy boosting their metabolism. Running or jogging are the top ways, swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer, are all perfect in this regard. All keep you moving and pumping the blood, strengthening the heart and lungs. When one is done with a workout, the body is still running on high. It will do this for hours and even a day or two. This is why regular workouts are so important. If you jog on a Monday and do an efficient job, your metabolism will continue to burn off calories well into the next day or more. Jogging every other day then, will do the metabolic boosting on a regular basis thus showing results in the short and long term.
Don’t overdo it though. Get the right data on your daily resting metabolic rate for your height, weight, and age. Use that as the standard and keep statistics. Log how long you exercise, what types of exercises you do, and of course, how much weight you lose and when.
Once you’ve got all this under your belt, you’ll be on the right track with a metabolism that will be working for you, even when you’re resting.
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