Want to trim the fat from your muscle more quickly? Try these things to speed up fat-burning:
1. Do Yoga
Yoga is excellent at fighting stress, which is known to contribute to belly fat and a slower metabolism. Beat the stress by getting your yoga on!
2. Plan Your Meals
Don't allow yourself to find "convenient" meals. Actively search for healthy, balanced meals that you can prepare ahead of time for convenience. Plan your meals, and it will be much easier to stick with a healthy diet.
3. Drink More Water
Stay away from soda, alcohol and sports drinks. Stick with good, old-fashioned water.
Sprinting forces your body to use more energy during and after the workout, and it is good for your muscles as well as your cardiovascular system. It will speed up your metabolism and burn off fat more quickly than jogging.
5. Sleep More
A lack of sleep inevitably leads to weight gain, because your body interprets "sleepy" as "hungry." Stop cravings, increases in appetite and poor food choices by sleeping a full eight hours every night.
6. Be Sporty
Want to burn more fat without having to suffer through exercise? Play sports, and you'll be able to push yourself for much longer! Sports are higher intensity than regular cardio, and they lead to better fat-burning.
7. Stop "Spot Reducing"
You're not going to burn fat just around your belly, arms or thighs, so quit trying. Focus on total-body fat-burning and muscle training, and you'll get rid of that fat much faster.
8. Lift Heavier
What's wrong with building a bit of muscle? Lift heavier weights in sets of 12 to 15, and you'll see the muscle grow. As muscles grow, it becomes easier to burn more and more fat.
9. Switch It Up
Don't let your body grow accustomed to the same workout. Change things up! Switch the number of reps, the amount of weight, the sets per muscle and the muscle groups you workout. Every four to six weeks, it's time for a change.
10. Track Progress
Want to keep yourself on the straight and narrow? Tracking your progress will help remind you of how much you've accomplished and help prevent slipping back into old habits.
11. Push a Friend
The best way to place more emphasis on your workout is to help someone else do it. Either workout together or train each other, and you'll find that group training is key to faster fat-burning.
12. Walk/Cycle More
Do you really need to drive everywhere? If you can walk to your destination, do so. If not, cycle there. Only use your car when you absolutely need to.
13. Track Meals
Only put the right nutrients into your body! Balance out your fat, protein and carbs intake, and count every calorie. A slim body is made in the kitchen more than in the gym. Start tracking your meals to know exactly what you're consuming!
14. Eat Right
Eating a bit of food before you workout will give you energy to hit the gym hard. A hefty post-workout meal will ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to repair the muscles and replenish energy. These meals are key to getting better results in the muscle-building department, which will lead to faster fat-burning.
15. Get Off Your Rear
Just because sitting in front of the television is enjoyable, that doesn't make it the right choice. The more time you spend doing nothing, the slower your body works. Increase your activity to burn more fat.
Do these things, and you'll see the fat start to melt away!
Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.