Nobody ever goes to the gym without wanting to burn as many calories as they can. But honestly, do you really have the time or (let’s face it) the energy for sweating it out and going more miles (or working out for more minutes) than you already do? I know I don’t. So what’s the solution? This! Now you can score the biggest calorie burn that any workout couldn’t offer you despite your continuing efforts. Here are some tips and advice to burn more calories during and post every workout session!
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The first thing that you need to remember while heading for the gym is to ensure your stomach contains food which is either completely or partially digested. Yes, working out on an empty stomach is a strict no-no. Food is fuel, so when you decide on hitting the gym, ensure that you are well fed and your muscles are stocked with glycogen or energy that they need in order to assist you in a strenuous workout. Exercising on a comfortably-full stomach helps burn more calories even after 20 hours of your workout session!
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Everybody wants a perfectly sculpted body from head to toe. And while we completely support working out both the upper and lower body in a healthy rhythm, research suggests that when it comes to burning more calories, lower body does the trick. As you do a rep after rep of your squats or lunges, you burn more calories than you would while churning out your bicep curls. This is because our legs use up most of our energy and they have bigger muscles which means more muscles fibers and more fat to burn! By working on your glutes, quads and hamstrings, you have a better chance of burning more and more fat that’s hiding in your thighs. Since you can’t solely concentrate on your lower body, an important tip is to stand up (whenever possible) while you work on your upper body.
If you want to burn more calories, call up your buddies! Yes! Believe it or not, but working out with friends helps you go harder and longer without even realizing it (as compared to working out alone). It is found that when you work out with a group of people, your body tends to release more feel-good hormones or endorphins that help you feel pumped-up about your exercise and make work harder.
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If you are used to lifting light weights, try and work your way upwards. Everybody knows that more muscle means a faster metabolism. But not many people know that if you lift heavier weights, you burn more calories as it breaks down more protein in the particular muscle that you’re working on. This protein breakdown then causes the body to use more calories to repair it.
Finally, an equally important step is to helping your body burn more calories after your workout. Breaking down your muscle fibers burns more calories, but what really scorches the most number of calories in the body is building those muscles back up. This is where the role of post-workout nutrition comes in. If you eat the right foods, you’ll be helping your body by increasing its level of muscle-repair hormones. Eating a mix of carbohydrates and protein within an hour of your cool-down helps. This way, you won’t just build more muscle (which will help you burn more calories by the way), but your muscles will actually spend extra energy on the repair process, again torching more calories. Cheers to that!