Ignite Your Natural Fat Burners
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The weather is starting to cool down and the cold months of winter will be here before we know it. People are biologically designed to gain weight over the winter. We needed it back in the days of caves to ensure that we would survive the extra cold and lowered amount of available food. Luckily for us, we have heaters and food just as available to us in the winter as it is in the summer.
While human society has evolved and improved, we haven’t biologically adapted to this relatively new way of living. Food is certainly not going to be in short supply as we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and a bunch of other holidays in the last quarter of the year. Over eating is going to be anything but difficult.
We also get lazier with our workouts when it gets cold. If you normally workout in the morning, you’ll be more inclined to stay in your warm comfortable bed instead of hitting the gym. The cold is going to give you many reasons to skip workouts or do them half-heartily. After all, everyone is going to be bundled up in layers upon layers so a few pounds won’t be so noticeable.
So, how can you reduce the impact of the winter weight gain or even avoid it altogether? Assuming you are still going to be seduced by the warm beds and delicious holiday foods, your best bet is to build some extra muscle right now.
If you are likely to skip workouts and end up consuming more food, you’ll need to increase the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis to lessen the impact. The only way–without drugs–is to pack on some extra muscle to help you burn about 50 extra calories a day per pound of muscle by just existing. If you just add 1 extra pound of muscle, you’ll burn through an extra 1500 calories in a month without lifting a finger.
If your main activity at the gym is some sort of cardio activity like the treadmill or the elliptical, go grab some weights. You aren’t going to gain any muscle by running on a glorified hamster wheel. You might, in fact, lose muscle.
For those who already lift on a regular basis, now might be a good time to switch up your workout if you have been doing the same thing for a while. Once muscles adapt to a routine, the gains will slow down. I recommend doing 3 total body routines a week hitting all the major muscle groups with as many compound exercises as possible.
Try to incrementally increase the amount of weight you use each workout if you can. So, if you started doing squats at 135 lbs–bar and two 45 lb plates–you’ll want to add another 5 lbs next time or the time after that. People often stay at a certain weight for far longer than they should. To make the most gains as quickly as possible, you will want to make sure the exercise stays difficult.
What you should not do are exercises like forearm curls or calf raises or something else that works a tiny muscle. For the purposes of packing on muscle to ignite your natural fat burners, working muscles as tiny as your forearms are a big waste of time and energy.
Here is my pick for three compound exercises that you should have in your workout to maximize muscle growth. And for those who don’t have access to a gym, you might want to take a look at this total body workout without a gym.
This is the best way to prevent, minimize, or avoid the winter weight gain that you’ve probably experienced every year for as long as you’ve cared. There is a reason why losing weight is such a popular New Year’s resolution–everyone gained extra weight in the months just before. Sadly, winter doesn’t end with the New Year and the excuses to skip workouts are still in full force.
Make sure you are spending the reduced amount of time at the gym wisely by using it to build more muscle. The magical calorie burning gift of muscles aren’t just limited to the cold months so you’ll continue to benefit after the winter. Ignite your body’s natural fat burners to keep you lean.