Ok, I think it’s time for a workout. I get a lot of questions on how to get and stay lean. While diet plays a large part in determining how lean you’ll be able to get, you still have to find ways to boost your metabolism.
A lot of people are under the assumption that you have to drastically reduce your food intake if you want to lose weight/fat. I’m here to tell you that is NOT the case!
In actuality, when you dramatically reduce your caloric intake you will initially lose weight. Some of it will be fat but most of it will probably be fluid. Once that is gone, you’re progress will slow down and eventually stop. The reason for this is because your body is an efficient machine. It will realize that it is receiving less nutrition, so it will counter your move by “turning down” your metabolic thermostat. The sad thing about this is that over time, this will become your new “set point”, so if and an when you go back to eating regularly, you’ll usually rebound and actually GAIN weight, over and above where you started.
The truth is, you want to feed your body WELL and OFTEN! By doing so, you are telling it that it will regularly receive good nutrition so there won’t be a need to dial things down. In fact, by introducing some good metabolic training methods, you can actually “turn up the heat” and get your metabolism into a higher gear! Personally, I eat anywhere from 5-7 times a day, and I consume roughly 3200-3500 calories. That’s a far cry from some of these 800-1200 calorie plans that I see a lot of people trying. You’ll starve AND get frustrated doing that.
Sure, we want to work out to make our muscles either harder or larger. That still won’t do you any good if you have a thick layer of body fat covering them up. Think of the Princess and the Pea… Wow, I might be dating myself there! This is where Interval Training comes into play.
Interval training works because it is extremely efficient at raising your metabolic rate, and then keeping it there. It’s different than steady state cardio in that you’re doing shorter bursts of higher intensity work so that you’re actually stimulating your muscles rather than just simply burning calories. The effect is twofold. Plus, with interval training, your metabolic rate stays elevated longer after you finish your workout as opposed to steady state cardio, which means you burn more calories for an extended amount of time.
Watch the video and see how you can incorporate interval training into your routine. Replace some of your steady state cardio with interval training and turn up your thermostat!
Stay Fit Forever!