You’re probably here because either 1) You’re tired of looking in the mirror and being unimpressed, or 2) you want to get to the next level. Whether you’re the guy everyone picks on or you are well on your way to getting the physique you want, follow these tips for faster results.
Speed Up Your Metabolism
This first one is really easy. When you wake up, get yourself a big glass of cold water and down it. Why? One study showed that your metabolism can be raised by up to 30%. What’s going on here? Well, your body needs to maintain a constant temperature, and when you reduce your core temperature this way, it has to kick your metabolism into overdrive to get it back where it wants it to be. This same study showed that the metabolism boost lasted for 1.5 hours.
Add Aerobic Activity the Easy Way
It seems that few of us have enough time to get everything we’d like to. So when you see something like, “workout more”, you may be thinking, “I’m already struggling to get my core workout into my day? What more do they want?” But think outside the box a bit. We all have to get to work, so why not fit a bit of aerobics in there? Park your car a few blocks away. Or, better yet, leave the car at home and ride your bike. If this isn’t reasonable, maybe you could take the train or bus and get off a few stops early. All these can add up to some significant fat loss, and you’ll save yourself some traffic stress at the same time. However, note that if you are one of those guys with a super-fast metabolism, staying really skinny while eating anything, this may not be the best approach. You may actually need to slow down.
We already mentioned water, but another aspect here is the need to avoid empty calories. Soft drinks can be a real culprit here. They have tons of sugar and absolutely no nutritional value. But wait, you say. “What about the caffeine? Doesn’t that help your workout?” Yes. But there are ways to get it that won’t cost you so many empty calories. And while you’re at it, think about that Venti Caramel Macchiato you get in the morning. Menshealth.com says:
Most fancy coffee drinks fall into the same category as soda,” says Roussell, “and some pack more than 600 calories.
Good advice? Stick with water and protein drinks.
Keep Workouts Short
Studies have shown that exercising for too long can affect levels of hormones such as cortisol that can have a deleterious effect on your workout. Bodybuilding.com recommends:
You should be keeping whichever program you are doing to no more than 1 hour of duration. Be sure that you are focusing on keeping the intensity high rather than making the workout drag on.
It is much better to up the intensity of your workout and get rid of unnecessary exercises that don’t contribute to your core goals. And remember that long workouts are more conducive for aerobic weight loss. To gain strength, you need to exercise with high intensity.
If you are relatively skinny, you have one of those metabolisms that just burns things at a more rapid pace than others do. This can be a good thing, since slender people have been shown to live longer, healthier lives. But in your case, you need to get more of the right calories into you that can easily be utilized when your muscles are recovering from a workout. This means two things:
First of all, you need to eat more often. If you eat three meals a day, step it up to five. Second, you need to eat the right stuff. Choosing calorically-dense foods with high protein content is what is going to get you the raw materials you need to build your physique.