The rate at which our body burns fat is called the metabolic rate. When we say that we want to burn fat, we essentially mean to say that we want to increase our metabolic rate so that our body burns all the calories we eat and all the excess fat stored in the body.
If you are into weight loss you need to look at ways to increase the metabolic rate of the body and keep it fired up for as long as possible.
How To Burn Fat Faster
There is no easy way out if you want to lose extra fat. So lace up your shoes and get into the gym nearest to you. Exercise and weight training burn calories while you do them. They also increase the body metabolic rate so that you keep burning calories the whole day. So choose treadmill, bench press, steppers, pushups, whatever takes your fancy and get going.
Drinking green tea three to four times a day increases body metabolic rate by almost 4 percent. So go get your bag of green tea extracts now.
Eating iron increases oxygen supply to the blood. If there is insufficient oxygen, you will feel sluggish as your metabolic rate goes down. So you need to take iron rich foods like carrots, spinach, etc. daily.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water raises your metabolic rate too. Drinking 2 glasses of water in a span of half an hour increases metabolic rate by almost 25%.
Eat More Dairy Products
Calcium helps in burning fat faster, so try to eat at least 1200 mg calcium. Remember that fortified calcium products will not do, so eat three to four serving of dairy products a day.
Eat More Fish
We know fish fat is good fat. It helps burn the excess fat too!! Eating fish regularly lowers leptin – a hormone that decrease metabolism – and helps burn fat. Recommended amount of fish intake is 3-4 servings of fatty fish like tuna or salmon every week.
Stress increases cortisol levels in your body, which, in turn, increases appetite and decreases metabolism rate. Cortisol has also been linked to fat storage in the abdomen area.
So it is necessary to remain stress free. As stress is a reality in today’s busy lifestyle, do meditation to de-stress yourself.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
When you sleep at night, the metabolic rate of your body slows down. When you eat breakfast, the metabolic rate picks up again to digest the food. So skip the breakfast at your peril; if you want your body to remain sluggish through the day and not burn calories.
Digesting protein burns the calories faster. So eat protein at each meal so that your metabolism remains fired up the whole day.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
An adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep every day to rest his/her body. If you don’t get enough sleep, levels of cortisol and insulin increase in your body. This decreases the body metabolic rate. So it is necessary to get a good night’s sleep if you want to burn fat and remain fit.