As we get older our metabolism starts slowing down. There are many reasons why this is happening but the first visual sign we typically see is that we start carrying around extra weight and no matter what we do, it just doesn’t seem to go away.
It feels frustrating for sure and there may even be times you feel like giving up….but don’t!
Here’s the thing, if what you’ve been doing to get rid of that stubborn fat is long bouts of cardio mixed with calorie deprivation, you’re in a sense ‘banging your head against the wall’.
You’re doing things the hardest way possible and then getting angry that it doesn’t work.
So what should you be doing? I’m so glad you asked ;o)
If you truly want to boost your metabolism to burn fat but also be able to build muscle at the same time, you simply need to change the way your workouts and diet are working FOR you.
With long endurance cardio being most people’s go to method for fat burning, I can tell you that while they can lose some weight during their consistent sessions, most of that weight is actually MUSCLE!
Muscle isn’t what they set out to lose (I’m pretty sure) and it’s essential for many functions of the body like movement, strength, bone density and yes…metabolism!
Then they couple that whammy with calorie deprivation (eating less than their body needs) and that leads to even more muscle loss.
So when we change our mindset around what we should be vs. what we are doing, we need to look at those 2 areas.
With diet, we need to be getting in 20-30 grams of protein per meal (that’s just a beginning number so it’s possible you might need a little more than that)
We also need to be getting a balance of nutrients by eating lean protein, healthy fats and vegetables every meal.
Carbs are more of a personal matter in that some people need more and some people less, but for the most part if you stick to eating only 1-2 servings of SMART carbs on your workout days and excluding them on the days you are resting, you’ll be in a good place.
Now, let’s talk workouts…
The best way to burn fat fast while building muscle tone is called Metabolic Resistance Training.
With this type of training regimen, you will perform more work in less time.
How does that work? I’ll tell you.
Every workout takes around 30 minutes to complete. Every workout works every major muscle in the body with only 10-ish exercises total!
That means that every workout connects your entire body in strength, stability, flexibility, rotation, anti-rotation and all 3 planes of movement.
When you combine that idea with the way the program is put together in “interval-like” supersets or trisets, you can essentially boost your metabolism for up to 31 hours (so…burning even more calories after your workout than you did during it)!
I don’t know about you but I love finding the most efficient ways to do things and when it comes to burning fat and looking fit, this is it!
I can tell you that in my experience of working with thousands of clients in my career, when these principles and actions are applied correctly, you can begin to see results in as little as 2-4 weeks, and the longer you practice them, the better it gets.
If you’re ready to stop ‘banging your head against the wall’ and doing things the hard way, maybe it’s time to try something new.