You’re working out and feeling great. Your stamina is increasing. You’ve got your routine down. And, you genuinely look forward to your daily sweat sesh.
And now, you’re looking to amp up your fat burning routine. So, you check Google, and you’re getting the same ol’ advice. Reduce carbs. Lift weights. Move more. Snack less. Step eating past 6pm.
Well today is your lucky day my friend, because I'm about to flip the switch and shake it up for you! Its time to turn your amazing body into a fat burning machine!
Get More ZZZ's
When it comes to burning fat, try catching a few Zzz’s. For real though!
The amount and quality of sleep you get each night plays a major role in your body’s ability to burn fat. People who get insufficient sleep have higher levels of the hormone ghrelin—the one that tells your brain you’re hungry—and lower levels of the hormone leptin—the one that tells you you’re full. In other words—not getting enough sleep can lead to overeating and mess with your body’s natural "rhythm"
And, take this into consideration—seventy-five percent of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) are released when you’re asleep. HGH is what fueled your growth when you were younger. And now it helps increase protein production, and burn fat. Keep in mind, your body produces less HGH as you age–so skipping out on counting sheep could have more negative consequences than you realize.
CARE FOR YOUR GUT
I'm not talking crunches and sit ups. I'm talking about taking care of your friendly gut microbes.
The gut microbiome is often one of the unsung heroes of weight loss and overlooked culprits of weight gain. There are good microbes to help you stay healthy. And then there are bad microbes, which throw things off balance and make it harder to metabolize what you’re eating.
These good and bad microbes are constantly battling it out, fighting for food and space. What you eat and the supplements you take can play a huge role in determining which group flourishes and which group doesn’t. Obviously, you want more good microbes than bad. Support the health of your microbiome by eating a low sugar/high fiber diet, taking a regular probiotic, and feeding your friendly microbes with prebiotics, like Slim.
TIME TO CHANGE YOUR CARDIO ROUTINE
Any activity that gets you moving is a good thing. If you want to get more bang for your buck—there are some easy tweaks you can make to your cardio routine.
First, hit the treadmill after your weight lifting sesh, rather than before. Starting your workout with weights uses your body’s glycogen reserve, forcing your body to burn fat during your entire cardio session. Meaning more calories are burned when you’re moving, and even after your cool-down.5
Next, add a little resistance. Get your heart rate up and keep your muscles firing by increasing the resistance (not intensity) of your cardio. If you’re on a treadmill, gradually increase the incline until you’re walking uphill. Another option is to do a metabolic exercise, like kettlebell swings—this will combine resistance training with an aerobic element.
If you can’t seem to break past your weight loss barriers, stress could be the interference. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce a hormone called Cortisol, which gives your body the signal to hold onto fat until the crisis happens. Higher levels of Cortisol can also lead to stress eating and increase your cravings for sugary, and fatty snacks.6
With our go-go-go lives, the challenge is keeping stress at bay to begin with. So, take some much-needed time for yourself, “declutter” your routine, and always give yourself realistic expectations. Biting off more than you can chew will only stress you out and slow down your health goals in the long run.
And, there you have it! Four, simple tricks you can add to your daily routine today to help you prepare yourself for a happier, and healthier, you! Now, show the world the lean, mean, fat-burning machine you are!
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