I tend to steer clear of these sorts of topics. The reason? My goal is to inspire, and get you thinking about your health on a deeper level than most. And I feel it sends the wrong message to fixate on surface results. That said, if you are interested in shedding some unwanted pounds (as many folks are) there ARE lessons to be learned from the science of how your body lets go of fat.
With that in mind, here are three ways to burn fat faster:
1. Strength train.
An article in The Globe and Mail a few years ago attacked the myth of age-related metabolic decline. To do so, it referred to a study in which MRI pictures showed the leg muscles of a 70-year-old triathlete to be identical to those of a 40-year-old triathlete. Loss of lean muscle is usually blamed for a slower metabolism in your 40’s and beyond. That’s because muscle burns calories. It’s the engine of your metabolism. But if you keep them strong, your muscles don’t have to decay. That’s why strength training is one of the most important activities you can do to look lean and feel young. If you need some added guidance, ask me about the next best step for you.
2. Boost hormones, naturally.
Hormones that tend to decline as we age include testosterone, growth hormone, and thyroid. And all three hugely impact your body’s ability to get rid of fat. There are natural ways to boost each of them, but one that’s common to all three is challenging your large muscle groups — like the ones in your legs — with a near maximal effort. Squats, either with a barbell or dumbbells, or interval training on a stationary bike are good examples. Additionally, men’s testosterone levels tend to decrease with significant fatigue – so work on your sleep habits too!
Your liver does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to burning fat. If it’s under stress, or not functioning optimally, you’ll be facing an uphill battle. Detoxing helps. This starts with eliminating sugar, processed food, and yes, alcohol, but also following a more alkaline diet for a set time, typically 1-3 weeks.
Two of my personal favorite ways to do this is through green smoothies – celery, cucumber, leafy greens, avocado + hemp/flax seeds + some fruit to sweeten things slightly, + morning fasting. I’ll drink water, perhaps something light in the vegetable family, but otherwise let my digestive system have a break.
Also, your commitment to regular chiropractic care can amplify all three of the above. How?
By optimizing nerve function and movement patterns. Not only does this let your muscles function better, but it supports healthy organs, and props up your parasympathetic nervous system – which allows your body to do its work in balancing hormones. Ultimately, your best fat loss results will come from having a “health-first” focus. Make optimal function your goal, and watch it express itself from the inside-out. It’s only a matter of time before positive changes on the inside show up on the outside!
Food for thought indeed.
If I can answer any questions for you about this, don’t hesitate to let me know. And if there’s anything else I can do to support you on your wellness journey, it would be my pleasure.