We are now well into spring and summer is just around the corner. How are you feeling? Is your body beach-ready?
What can you do to increase the rate at which you build muscle and shed a few unnecessary pounds? Metabolism is our topic of the day. As Men’s Health points out, “Even before you start exercising, you can use plenty of tricks to eliminate visceral fat, improve your flab-burning metabolic process, and start losing weight fast.”
So what are those tricks?
Iron-rich foods help carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat.
Vitamin D helps preserve muscle tissue, which you need to stoke your
metabolism, and just-in-time for summer, eat
watermelon! Why? According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition, the
amino acid arginine, abundant in watermelon, can help promote weight loss, and
based on a
study from Purdue University and University of Kentucky showed that diet
including watermelon juice can help lower weight, cholesterol and arterial
plaque! Keep the wet wipes; meaning Action Wipes, ready to wipe all that
watermelon juice off of those happy faces.
We hear a lot about lean protein as a important fuel for sustained energy and a necessary recovery food, but its important to remember that your muscles can use only 30 grams of protein at any time, a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association notes.
Make sure to drink plenty of water too. Your whole body, including your metabolism, depend on water. If you are dehydrated, you may be burning up to 2 percent fewer calories, according to researchers at the University of Utah. So—stay hydrated, eat right and follow a few simple tips that can amp up your metabolism and burn off those last few power-robbing pounds.
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