Last week, I wrote about using high intensity interval training (HIIT) to boost your metabolism. This week, I will share ideas on how to eat to turn up the afterburn.
First of all, you must eat enough (yeah!). Eating less than 900 calories a day prompts your body to burn muscle tissue as well as fat which lowers your metabolism rate. Skipping meals puts you on the path toward fasting, which signals your body to slow the metabolism way down. Stick with the 1200 - 1500 calorie a day range.
Secondly, be sure to include protein in your meals and snacks. This will help preserve the lean muscle mass that is your metabolism workhorse. For example, a breakfast of oatmeal for carbs & yogurt for protein. How about a snack of a hard-boiled egg & a few whole-wheat crackers? Try string cheese & an apple. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Lastly, remember that normally when people lose weight, some is fat, some is muscle and some is water. When you lose muscle, your metabolism will slow down. It is important to exercise while losing weight to maintain your resting metabolism rate.
Don't skip meals, include protein each time you eat and push your workout with HIIT. You will be on the road to a healthy 2014!