Staying fit and healthy doesn't have to be as overwhelming as it sounds. Once you understand how the body works, the shortcuts become obvious. You only need to master two things: the speed of your metabolism, and your diet. Your metabolism is how fast your body is able to burn calories, and your diet is not just about how many calories you consume, but rather, it is also about what kinds of food you eat, and how often you eat. Keep all of this in mind as you read the following 8 Shortcuts.
- Break down your three daily meals into six smaller meals.
You might think that this is counterintuitive, but remember, I'm not asking you to increase the amount that you eat. Just have six half-meals rather than three normal meals. You should not be eating to your fill. But that's okay, because you know you'll be eating again in two hours anyways. This is very helpful because by increasing the frequency of your eating, you are keeping your metobolism active longer. When you only eat three meals a day, the hours that pass between those meals cause your metabolism to slow down. When you have six meals a day, your metabolism doesn't
get a chance to slow down.
- No food within 2-3 hours of going to bed.
Schedule your last meal three hours before you go to bed. If you're used to eating right before you go to sleep, it'll be a little hard at first, but you'll get used to it. On a side note, there's an added benefit to this: It's a LOT easier to wake up the next morning if you don't eat anything right before going to sleep.
- EAT BREAKFAST
That's in all caps because there are way too many people who underestimate the benefits of eating breakfast. Your metabolism is at its lowest in the morning, because you went all night without eating. Eating breakfast will not only speed up your metabolism, but you'll feel more energetic throughout the day, and as a result, more active. You'll also feel less hungry at lunch time, and thus, less likely to over-eat.
- Eat foods that are rich in fiber
Fiber helps you feel full and helps clean out your digestive system. Beans, nuts, and apples, are just a few examples of foods that are rich in fiber.
- Engage in muscle-building exercises.
The more muscle you have in your body, the more calories your body burns on a daily basis. Even without being physically active. For starters, focus on your thigh muscles, because that's the largest muscle group in your body. That's why doctors tell you to do a lot of squats when you tell them you want to lose weight,
Cardio workouts burn more calories, but with those workouts, your body stops burning calories once the workout is over. Don't get me wrong-- Cardio is important, but its main function is to improve your heart and respiratory health so that your body gets more oxygen and you feel more energetic. You need to do cardio too once in a while, so that you'll be able to perform better when you do your muscle-building exercises.
- Drink LOTS of water
The benefits of drinking water are too much to list here, but for our purposes, just know that water cleans out your digestive system and feeds your muscles to help them grow. There's no such thing as drinking too much water.
- More specifically, drink 16 oz of water right after waking up
This speeds up your metabolism by 30% for the next 90 minutes. If you don't beleive me, try it yourself. You can feel it. Your mouth will feel dry, and you'll start to feel hungrier than you do on most other mornings. This is because your metabolism has already started burning calories in expectation of getting more food.
It might seem like a lot, but if you can focus in just these seven things, you'll be able to get incredible results. You just need some discipline and motivation to stick to all seven shortcuts.