Do you feel like you are constantly dieting? Did you know that on average we have all tried at least 126 different diets – low carb, paleo, high protein, cabbage soup, keto, mediterranean, Atkins and the list goes on.
Do you ever watch your friend indulge in all your favourite foods and wonder why they don’t gain an ounce of weight and it feels like you only need to look at a cream bun and your body fat increase. Your metabolism could be one of the reasons for that weight gain. Some people have a fast metabolism and others have a slower metabolism. What your focus should be on is the way your body converts fuel into energy. This is what counts when we’re looking at the role of burning calories.
The important question. How do you increase your metabolism without spending hours in the gym? Here are a few tips from our Fit X EMS trainers;
Hydration – Drink more water
Your journey to optimal health should really start here. There is plenty of research to show that drinking at least 500ml of water increases your metabolic rate by 30%. Studies show that this increase can happen within 10 minutes of drinking water and reaches its maximum metabolic burn after 30 minutes. Cold water is best when trying to increase metabolism as your body requires energy to heat up your internal body temperature. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to boost your metabolism and start losing weight.
Sleep more and better
How many of us are suffering from lack of sleep? Sleep deprivation is a huge problem among so many of us. Lack of time and busy work schedules mean a lot of us are constantly running on adrenaline. We now need to focus on getting more sleep and better quality as it can negatively affect the way your metabolism works. It can also lead to mental illness and other diseases. We should be getting on average 7-9 hours of sleep per night depending on your daily activity but the sweet spot would be 8 hours of sleep each night.
Building muscle mass using EMS technology and our full body workouts is the most effective way to lose weight in the minimal amount of time. With greater muscle mass your metabolism will increase resulting in greater weight loss. With Electro muscle stimulation, more muscle fibres are recruited which cause a huge metabolic effect which allows your body to burn an additional 300-500 calories per day. These muscle cells continue to use energy up to 12 hours after training so in short you continue to burn calories well past your workout.
Heat things up with Chilli
Some foods actually increase your metabolism and burn more fat than others. Chilli and other spicy foods are one of them. Adding a little extra chilli, capsicum, mustard, horseradish or wasabi to your meals gives it that little extra kick to increase your bodies internal temperature and fire up your metabolism.
Crash diets are a no go, Always!
When we skip meals our body goes into survival mode. The body begins to get worried when it’s next meal will be so naturally slows down the metabolism to use less energy. Crash diets which eliminate food groups, skip meals or do not provide enough energy means your body starts to break down fat and muscle. When muscle is lost your metabolic rate slows down and your ability to lose weight also slows down. It also means when you return to eating normally your body holds onto the food but continues to work slowly in fear that you may starve it again.
Eating should be balanced with foods coming from all food groups. Protein, carbs and fat but all the good kind with indulgence in healthy options once in a while. Good protein options are lean red meat, chicken, tofu, lentils, chickpeas, fish and protein powders. Carbohydrate options could include pumpkin, quinoa or rice and matched with good fats such as avocado, olive oil, coconuts and nuts.
Our in house nutritionist can suggest a suitable eating plan to work along side your EMS training to gain the best results for your fitness goals.