Sometimes, visible results seem so far out of reach. But they don't have to be!
talked to the experts and have come up with five, simple and straightforward ways for you to boost your metabolism, burn fat and get those results you're looking for! Check it out:
1. Lift Weights
Trainer, Tia Falcone, says, "all women need to gain as much muscle as humanly possible; that's what's going to make you smaller, and it raises your base metabolism permanently." Your metabolism functions more slowly if you are lacking muscle. Also, lifting heavy weights impacts your hormones and gives your body the ability to continue to burn fat for up to 24 hours after your workout!
2. Eat More Protein
Shift your focus from counting calories to adding more protein. According to Esther Blum, MS, RD, high-protein foods take more work to "digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them." Eating protein also goes a long way to helping you maintain your muscle tissue.
3. Get To Bed
Never underestimate the importance of sleep! "If you're not sleeping enough or properly, your whole system and circadian rhythms are off," says trainer and author, Jennifer Cohen, and this, of course, negatively impacts your metabolism. Lack of sleep makes you feel sluggish and can even lead to more belly fat.
4. Sip On Water
Water is a must for your metabolism. Studies have shown that people who drink 8-12 glasses of water a day burn more fat than those who only drink four. Such a simple step, don't forget it!
5. Start The Day Right
"Either start off with a good breakfast or a good workout," says Yumi
Lee, celebrity trainer and co-owner of Reebok
CrossFit Lab. "If you're going to workout within an hour of waking up, then don't eat. But if you can't work out within an hour of waking up, then eat. Either your workout or eating a healthy breakfast is going to jump-start your metabolism."
How many of these simple tips can you add to your daily routine? What do you do to keep your metabolism humming?