If you want to boost your metabolism, lose weight faster and keep the weight off, you need to maximize your weight loss program and calorie burning to get rid of obesity, meaning stored fat. Weight loss diets are not the only solution to lose weight, neither exercise alone. An effective weight loss program includes the combination of a postive attitude, a balanced diet, weight lifting, aerobic exercise, and having the right nutritional supplements. Exercises will help you to keep your body toned and avoid excessive stretch marks for losing weight.
Let me clarify a myth about weight lifting that helps you burn more calories. There is a myth that weightlifting will make you develop big muscles. This is not true. To develop or build big muscles, you would need to have a detailed weight lifting body building program. However, practicing basic weight lifting, including dumbbells, will help you maximize your calories burning mode and tone your body, not make you look big.
Weightlifting, meaning using weights between 5-50 pounds approximately, will help you keep lean muscles, improve strength, muscle definition, flexibility and coordination to help you lose fat.
Lifting weights actually help you reduce body fat not only because you burn more calories during the workout, but also because you continue burning after training.
Hence, an effective way to maximize your weight loss program and calorie burning is to combine weight lifting and aerobic exercise. You can do this based on your needs. For example, when I started my weight loss program at 230 pounds, I did cardio exercise every day. I started with 10 minutes and gradually increasing to 60 minutes.
I added weight lifting later because like many, I believed the myth that I was going to look very masculine by doing weights. It was only after carefully reading and experiencing with a basic weightlifting program that I realized how wrong I was.
In fact, I started seeing better results with my weight loss program when I combined all five ingredients: diet, aerobic exercise, weight lifting, positive attitude and my supplements. Most of all, my skin was tighter, and I was not getting excessive stretch marks as others who were losing great amount of weight.
The other aspect to maximize your calorie burning besides doing your weights and aerobics is to consume between 15 -30 gr. of protein within 30 minutes after your workout for muscle recovery. A good example will be to have a whey protein shake. Also, drink water throughout your exercise routine to replenish lost body fluids.
Protein helps you boost your weight loss, increase loss of body fat while reducing the loss of muscle tissue. Since protein requires more energy to digest, it burns more calories and helps your weight loss process.
For example, if your body does not get daily protein and the essential amino acids on a daily basis, it will steal it from your existing muscle tissue. Moreover, protein helps you slow down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. In addition, it reduces hunger because it reduces insulin levels, making it easier for your body to burn fat. Plus, it promotes satiety, making you feel full, hence, having less cravings.
However, prior to your workout, make sure you consume enough carbs to use as body fuel and not feel weak by following an extreme low carb menu. For instance, if you love pasta like me, then, this will be the right time to have your pasta dish. Ideally, have your starchy carbs (pasta, rice, potatoes) before 3 p.m. Cardio exercise will help you burn stored fat.
Bottom line, you must combine all key aspects for a successful weight loss program; nutritional supplements alone are not the solution. They work as supplements to help you accomplish your weight loss goal faster while providing you with nutrients.
Another great way to boost your metabolism and set it for maximum calorie burning will be to drink green tea. Get your cup of green tea first thing in the morning, mid morning, and prior to workout. Besides, it will help you get rid of toxins.
Just do not forget that it is important to consult with your physician before starting any weight loss program.
Basic Weight Loss Exercise Routine
1. Aerobic exercise 3 times a week (30-60 minutes)
2. Weightlifting every 2 days
However, if you do not resist a 30 minute cardio, start with 5 or 10 minute session. Most important thing is to start doing your exercise. Enjoy it; do not condition yourself thinking exercising is a burden. Prepare positively, visualize the results, how exercising will help you burn that stored fat, develop that trimmed abs, toned arms, tight buttocks, and toned legs.
Same with your weightlifting program, start with 2 or 5 pounds dumbbells, try to set 20 minutes for your dumbbells or if running out of time, you can do your dumbbells while watching tv or taking a break from work. Bottom line, it is always better to do some exercise than none.
Hence, based on my experience and research studies, one can drop body fat by adding free weight exercises and practicing at least 3 times a week cardio exercises. Some of the basic exercise using free weights includes lunges, standing dumbbell shoulder press, standing dumbbell curl, standing triceps overhead extension, which is great to eliminate those flabby under arms.
Until next time, have a successful balanced weight loss program and say bye bye to obesity! Welcome the NEW YOU with a big smile and new wardrobe. In a nutshell, your obesity solution is not having a fast weight loss diet to gain all the weight back. Remember, your main goal is to lose weight and to keep it off. Now, give me a BIG FIVE! You can do it. I am here to help you! Therefore, cheers to your successful weight loss plan and maximization of calorie burning!
PS: You can read the following articles for specific exercises
1. Simple Steps to Get Flat Abs Bye Bye Belly Fat!
2. 15 Minutes to Firm Arms No More Jelly Beans Arms
Before starting any nutritional program, exercise or diet program, we advise you to consult with your physician.
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