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Interval Training for Maximum Calorie Burn

By Roserighter @roserighter
Train your metabolism to burn calories more efficiently to lose weight faster. Change how you burn calories by training your metabolism. Doing so allows you to control whether you're burning fat or sugar during your workout.  Beyond Lifestyle ChangesA popular theory is that making a lifestyle change will help you lose weight and keep it off. This is important, but there is more to it than that. There are two other parts of the equation to consider. First is exercise. You have to be committed long enough to make it a habit. You may not be aware that lifestyle change and exercise have very small roles in the equation compared to your resting metabolism though. Your resting metabolism is the number of calories your body burns a day while at rest and doing everyday things like sitting and sleeping.  Burn More Fat with A High Resting Metabolism A major factor in weight loss is your resting metabolism. A high resting metabolism will efficiently burn fat even when your body is at rest. If you train your body to burn more calories, you will keep the burn going long after your workout. This afterburn can help you lose more weight and help train your metabolism to work for you, not against you. That means you will burn more calires while standing, watching TV or any other daily activity. If you have a low resting metabolism, however, there is still hope. There are some things you can do to increase it. Increase Your Resting Metabolism to Burn More Fat Once you are able to exercise for 45-60 minutes or more in a single session, it's time to switch things up. Your body adjusts to new exercise routines fast. You need to keep fooling your body into losing weight by keeping your routine fresh and new. 
  • Add minutes to your overall routine
  • Add pounds or repetitions to your weight training program
  • Try a completely different activity (such as a new sport, water aerobics, swimming or enlist in an aerobics class.)
Interval Training for Faster Weight Loss Another method you can use to raise your resting metabolism is called interval training. It is a scientific way to train your body to burn more calories. You will push yourself beyond your comfort level for short bursts of time. Gradually, you'll be able to perform at the higher level for longer periods of time, but a beginner should aim for a one-minute burst followed by a five-minute cool down. Continue this pattern for 30 minutes for maximum results. Weekly Guide for Interval Training It's important not to overdo it when pushing yourself beyond your cardio limits. Your goal should be to complete:
  • 2 days of interval training for 30 minutes
  • 1 day of intense cardio for 30 minutes
  • 2 days of cardio in your comfort level for an hour each session
  • 3 days where you add on weight resistance training
Once you've mastered this, you can take the same method to other activities like running, the elliptical machine or biking.

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