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How to Speed Up Your Metabolism

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Everyone wants to know how to speed up your metabolism. Is this even possible, or is it just a cliche without any scientific evidence to back it up?

First, let’s start with the definition of metabolism: “the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.”

Unfortunately, if you aren’t very physically active, then your metabolic rate is probably very low. The good news is there are ways to speed it up!By that definition, you can’t exactly speed up a “sum,” but, you can speed up your metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is the amount of energy expended in a given period (or how fast calories are burned). Therefore, your body is constantly working and potentially burning fat even when your butt is nestled snugly into it’s custom-made imprint on the couch.

How to Speed Up Your Metabolism (ahem, metabolic rate)

  • Start with the numbers – Yes, everyone hates “counting calories” and keeping food journals, and while it’s not absolutely necessary to get results, it can help tremendously to at least determine your personal daily caloric needs. Don’t worry, you don’t need a team of diet specialists on a conference calling service to figure out how to keep track of the proper information. In fact, it will only take a few weeks to find your sweet spot, then you can just eyeball things from then on.First, determine the ideal amount of calories you need to consume each day. There is no perfect formula that will work for every single person, but one of the simplest ways to determine a good starting point is to multiply your body weight by 11 (12 if you consider your physical activity level above average). For example, a 200 pound man would start with a diet consisting of 2200 calories (2400 if more active).Remember, this is not an exact science, and it’s up to you to make the necessary tweaks. To do so, start with the number you got from above, and follow it for at least 7 days, preferably up to 2 weeks (using the meal frequency discussed below). Based on your measurements, adjust your number accordingly, until you are getting the results you want, whether it’s losing weight or gaining muscle or both.
  • Eat more often – This tactic is finally receiving the recognition it deserves, and more people are seeing the benefits. It’s also one of the easiest changes to implement into your daily routine. The key, obviously, is to eat more often — not just eat more!Once you’ve determined your daily caloric needs from above (and while you are figuring it out), aim for 6-8 meals per day, as opposed to the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Why? When your body goes for extended periods of time without food, it starts to protect itself from starvation (a bit extreme, I know, but our paranoid bodies are just trying to do what’s best for us), and your metabolic rate slows down (not nearly as beneficial as lowering your normal resting heart rate). This is great if you really are lost on a deserted island with no food or water; otherwise, tell your body, “I know you’re trying to look out for me, but I don’t need your help right now!”

    By eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your body is constantly having to digest that food, break it down, send it to the right places, and all of these processes keep your metabolism running, which, over time, can speed up your metabolic rate (one of the first steps in how to get a six pack).

    Don’t forget the most important of these frequent feedings: Breakfast! Get your day started right with these seven easy breakfast recipes.

  • Surprise: Exercise! – You didn’t think you could get away with just eating a few more meals a day, did you? Exercise and diet go hand in hand, and both are absolutely essential to transforming your body.When it comes to increasing your metabolic rate — and your overall health, for that matter — a combination of cardio and strength training will produce dramatic results in the least amount of time.Most people already do cardio training to lose weight (even though their methods are usually flawed; more on that below), but few realize how important strength training is to burning fat and raising your metabolism. Let’s start with this fact: Muscle burns more calories than fat.

    This means even when you’re not doing anything, i.e. sleeping, your muscle tissue is “feeding” on calories just to keep itself alive. Muscle needs these calories to build and repair itself, while fat tissue is content with expanding and multiplying like two rabbits on ecstasy.

    In layman’s terms: One pound of muscle burns 30-50 more calories per day than one pound of fat.

    As for cardio, it can be equally effective, but not in the way you are probably used to. Running in place or mindlessly pedaling for hours on end will not do you any good. Just because you are extremely tired and are sweating more than Patrick Ewing in a championship game (rumor has it: he sweat so much that he had to get a new jersey at halftime of every game), does not mean you are doing the right thing. Remember, you don’t want to lose weight (which could include muscle and water); you want to lose fat.

    The good news is the best way to lose fat through cardio training only takes about 20 minutes per workout. The bad news: Those are 20 heart-pounding, balls-to-the-wall, shake-what-ya-momma-gave-ya minutes. It’s a little technique called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

    For a detailed explanation of exactly how to perform HIIT, click here.

  • H20, Agua, Clear Gold – No matter what you call it, drink more water! Your metabolism needs water to carry out every function in your body, and if you want to speed up your metabolic rate, you need to be drinking water like your life depended on it — because it does!Aim for at least 8-10 glasses per day, and even more if you’re reasonably active. Also, many people confuse thirst with hunger, so drinking more water may keep you from reaching for those fat-laden cupcakes too!
  • ZZZzzz… – Right up there with water, sleep is one of the most important (and most ignored) elements of a healthy lifestyle.Not getting enough sleep, or even irregular and sporadic sleep patterns, can throw your metabolism completely out of whack. Your body won’t know when to store fat, when to shut down, or when to repair itself.Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and try to develop a regular schedule, so you go to sleep and wake up at the same times every day.

By eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your body is constantly having to digest that food, break it down, send it to the right places, and all of these processes keep your metabolism running, which, over time, can speed up your metabolic rate (one of the first steps in how to get a six pack).

Don’t forget the most important of these frequent feedings: Breakfast! Get your day started right with these seven easy breakfast recipes.

This means even when you’re not doing anything, i.e. sleeping, your muscle tissue is “feeding” on calories just to keep itself alive. Muscle needs these calories to build and repair itself, while fat tissue is content with expanding and multiplying like two rabbits on ecstasy.

In layman’s terms: One pound of muscle burns 30-50 more calories per day than one pound of fat.

As for cardio, it can be equally effective, but not in the way you are probably used to. Running in place or mindlessly pedaling for hours on end will not do you any good. Just because you are extremely tired and are sweating more than Patrick Ewing in a championship game (rumor has it: he sweat so much that he had to get a new jersey at halftime of every game), does not mean you are doing the right thing. Remember, you don’t want to lose weight (which could include muscle and water); you want to lose fat.

The good news is the best way to lose fat through cardio training only takes about 20 minutes per workout. The bad news: Those are 20 heart-pounding, balls-to-the-wall, shake-what-ya-momma-gave-ya minutes. It’s a little technique called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

For a detailed explanation of exactly how to perform HIIT, click here.

By eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your body is constantly having to digest that food, break it down, send it to the right places, and all of these processes keep your metabolism running, which, over time, can speed up your metabolic rate (one of the first steps in how to get a six pack).

Don’t forget the most important of these frequent feedings: Breakfast! Get your day started right with these seven easy breakfast recipes.

This means even when you’re not doing anything, i.e. sleeping, your muscle tissue is “feeding” on calories just to keep itself alive. Muscle needs these calories to build and repair itself, while fat tissue is content with expanding and multiplying like two rabbits on ecstasy.

In layman’s terms: One pound of muscle burns 30-50 more calories per day than one pound of fat.

As for cardio, it can be equally effective, but not in the way you are probably used to. Running in place or mindlessly pedaling for hours on end will not do you any good. Just because you are extremely tired and are sweating more than Patrick Ewing in a championship game (rumor has it: he sweat so much that he had to get a new jersey at halftime of every game), does not mean you are doing the right thing. Remember, you don’t want to lose weight (which could include muscle and water); you want to lose fat.

The good news is the best way to lose fat through cardio training only takes about 20 minutes per workout. The bad news: Those are 20 heart-pounding, balls-to-the-wall, shake-what-ya-momma-gave-ya minutes. It’s a little technique called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

For a detailed explanation of exactly how to perform HIIT, click here.

By eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your body is constantly having to digest that food, break it down, send it to the right places, and all of these processes keep your metabolism running, which, over time, can speed up your metabolic rate (one of the first steps in how to get a six pack).

Don’t forget the most important of these frequent feedings: Breakfast! Get your day started right with these seven easy breakfast recipes.

This means even when you’re not doing anything, i.e. sleeping, your muscle tissue is “feeding” on calories just to keep itself alive. Muscle needs these calories to build and repair itself, while fat tissue is content with expanding and multiplying like two rabbits on ecstasy.

In layman’s terms: One pound of muscle burns 30-50 more calories per day than one pound of fat.

As for cardio, it can be equally effective, but not in the way you are probably used to. Running in place or mindlessly pedaling for hours on end will not do you any good. Just because you are extremely tired and are sweating more than Patrick Ewing in a championship game (rumor has it: he sweat so much that he had to get a new jersey at halftime of every game), does not mean you are doing the right thing. Remember, you don’t want to lose weight (which could include muscle and water); you want to lose fat.

The good news is the best way to lose fat through cardio training only takes about 20 minutes per workout. The bad news: Those are 20 heart-pounding, balls-to-the-wall, shake-what-ya-momma-gave-ya minutes. It’s a little technique called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

For a detailed explanation of exactly how to perform HIIT, click here.

Now that you know how to speed up your metabolism, fat won’t have a chance at surviving in your new and improved metabolic machine!

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Want Better Gains? Get a Better Mattress and Start Sleeping Better!

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Sleep isn’t something everyone immediately associates with lean gains. Turns out, new muscle gets built while we sleep! If you aren’t sleeping well then your body isn’t building muscle well. That’s just a fact.

What often slips our awareness is that small sleep disturbances can have rippling effects. If you wake up with a slight sore in your back each morning you’re probably not sleeping well. That slight soreness may indicate improper spinal support, troubling pressure points, or lack of contour support altogether.

What’s scarier is this: if you’ve never had a good night of sleep you wouldn’t even know it! After all, if I were color blind and didn’t know any better I’d assume that was normal perception. You may have been sleeping poorly all these years and not even realized it. Well, fixing that is easier than ever before!

Beds in Boxes

What’s the worst part of getting a new mattress, other than spending all that damn hard-earned cash? Moving it! Some local places will deliver but even then you’re stuck carrying it around your house.

In the past few years, there’s been a silent revolution in the mattress industry that the big guys like Sealy, Serta, and Sleep Number don’t want you to know about. This revolution has been led by mattress brands such as Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Nectar Sleep. Never heard of them? Listen up.

These mattress brands started selling their products directly to buyers and cutting out the middleman. No more walking around in those awkward Mattress Firm stores (is it me or do new ones pop up every day?) These mattress brands make, sell, and ship their own mattress. You save, they save, and the best news? These mattresses ship by UPS all rolled-up tightly in boxes about the size of a mini-fridge!

Which Mattress is the Best Mattress?

Bed in box brands have found a way to get quality mattresses to people—hassle-free—for prices that are often 50% less than store brands. That means you can get a $1000 mattress for $500! It’s still just like any other market: there’s a price point for every budget. What’s different with these mattresses is that their price points have a lot less markup!

Websites like Home Refinery have tons of mattress reviews and can help you find the best mattress among many dozens of available choices. Fitbuff isn’t a mattress review website and we’d refer you to others like Home Refinery for more in-depth reviews. What I am prepared to do is offer up my personal opinion on a few different types of mattresses. Again, to find the best mattress of any type you need to check a site like Home Refinery or Consumer Reports.

Memory Foam

You’ve heard of it but have you ever slept on it? Memory foam hit the market with a splash but quickly lost fandom when people realized how damn hot these types of mattresses slept. Newer memory foam mattresses have found ways to cool things down and are worth another look. These are the best mattresses for back pain in most cases and probably the best for us gym rats looking for a deeper sleep.

Latex

Natural latex is used for much more than checking prostates and keeping babies out of your girlfriend’s belly. Natural latex mattresses offer a really responsive and caressing feel, similar to memory foam, but bounce back a bit more. These mattresses are heavy and more expensive but a great choice for all you health nuts out there. If you’re looking for the best mattress for sex then consider a latex mattress. They have a bit more “spring” to them!

Hybrids

These mattresses are usually the best choice for people who aren’t sure what they want. Hybrid mattresses usually have memory foam, latex, and sometimes even weird polymer materials in them. These types of mattresses give you a better overall sense of balance as you sleep. Not balance like “I’m so drunk imaboudda bust it” but more like “I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud nestled on a trampoline sitting on a soft bed of moss.” They are available with everything other than a personal assistant.

In Closing

We all know that there are no magic pills when it comes to getting shredded. You get out what you put in. However, there are considerations to make such as adequate nutrition and proper sleep. If your body isn’t able to repair itself optimally each night your gains aren’t going to be at their max. So before you start popping sleeping pills or dropping cash on a Swedish massage get yourself a brand new mattress!

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Location for Your Fitness Center

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A lot goes into building a fitness center and making it a successful business, and your initial instincts are right: One of the things that matters the most is location, location, location. Here are some tips to help you find the one that will work best for you.

1. Figure out what kind of building you need for your fitness center. Do you want your own, stand-alone property, or will you be best served in a building that houses many businesses (like a strip mall or office park)? If you want your own building, make sure you plan to budget for things like making sure the foundation is stable and solid, that all of the wiring is up to code, etc. It’s sort of like buying a house, but for your business. Of course, utilizing space in a shared building has its own set of issues you’ll have to deal with, too.

2. What kind of clientele do you most want to serve? Are you after the wealthy, nobody-seems-to-have-a-day-job types? Are you primarily interested in helping kids? Do you want to limit your clientele to one gender? All of these things factor in when it comes to where you should put your business. For example: If you want to serve business executives, your gym will work far better in your city’s business or financial district than it will if it’s all the way on the outskirts of town.

3. What kind of fitness center do you want to have? Are you going for the “standard” treadmills, elliptical, lots-of-equipment-type of fitness center? Are you going to be building a yoga studio or a center that focuses on fitness through martial arts training? Are you going to be offering Cross Fit or boot-camp-style programs? Each of these different types of fitness has different physical requirements.

4. How easy is it for people to get to your business? If you live in a larger city, make sure you take things like public transportation into account as well as easy freeway access. The harder it is for people to get to you, the less likely you are to build a business that becomes successful. Yes, people do actually take the bus or the train to go to the gym, especially if they believe that your fitness center is worth the trip!

5. Make sure you have enough parking. Why would somebody visit a fitness center whose parking situation forces them to have to walk half a mile from where they parked to your front door? That’s a quick workout right there! There are lots of different factors that go into figuring out how many parking spots you need. A good rule of thumb is to have a parking spot available for each piece of equipment you have (or each mat space, etc.) plus a few extra.

These tips are just the beginning. Try not to worry too much, though—your business will be up, running, and successful before you know it!

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How to Set Goals

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FC Barcelona Vs. Manchester United. In the Champions League soccer finals this year, it was these sides that clashed, and what a one-sided battle it was. Just like 2008, the latter gave up without any complaint, it seemed.

And if there was anyone who stole the show, it was Messi all the way, right from the start of their Champions League campaign.

And the beauty of it all is that they achieved this tough goal of being Europe’s champions by taking little baby steps that begins with the youth at the La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy. (La Masia means ‘the farmhouse’)

It serves as an excellent example for those who love sport and are willing to put in long years of hard work in order to get to the top. And it’s no different with implementing a workout regime to certain goals either.

Goal Setting

While some people might refer to the phrase ‘the goalposts being moved’ as something that might throw you off guard if you are sticking to a plan, in most cases, these circumstances that are out of your control rarely occur.

Goal setting is not that difficult, really… and can applied to any area of your Life.

Whether it is to increase the amount of money you want to have in your bank accounts, or to pursue a quality education that will change your life for the better. What really matters here is direction and energy (quite literally, in the example of a workout regime) to pursue these goals… and you will get what you want.

One of the best methods to do this is by using the SMART goal setting technique that has been tried and tested now for years.

(Here’s a detailed link which shows you how to use the SMART technique for any goal that you wish to accomplish.)

While this is a more generic solution to the objective of goal-setting, let’s look at a few tips that might help use this technique smartly.

How to Set Goals for Achieving Results (in the case of a workout)

Here are five tips that can help you to set goals that are result-oriented in particular to a workout that has been designed specifically to get you looking fit:

Tip #1: Visualize, visualize, visualize…

Importantly, in being to get a mental picture of how you want to look, it often gives you a clear idea of what you have to work on in order to get there. If you think, “Oh, I’m working out to get fit”… this isn’t enough.

For example, use Arnie’s or another fitness expert pinup for inspiration. That should be a high-standard to work towards…

Tip #2: Be open

Some workouts can give you good results while others are a little slower. Don’t stick to the latter just because that’s the only thing you want to do. Try a new workout or two as you might just like it…

Tip #3: Mapping Progress

This aspect works as motivation as you work towards your goals along the way. Most people give up on working out because they are unable to map progress. If you can do this by checking how you fit into your old clothes or looking at yourself in the mirror, that can motivate you to try harder.

Tip #4: Goals take time

A tree doesn’t grow up in a day but it takes years and years until it begins to bear fruits. Reaching one’s goals is similar to this including workouts as well. Despite all the hoaxes and promises that you might read over the internet, most fitness experts have got that body to die for by putting years of effort in.

Tip #5: Giving up is for losers

This is as good as leaving a job half-done which any boss will not appreciate. So don’t give up. if you want, take a break… but DON’T give up!

In Closing

If you watch the Barcelona players when their on the field, you’ll know that they savor each moment of the game as they continue to make magic on the field. And it’s no different with working out either…

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