Remember those carefree days when you could slam four beers, a plate of dry ribs, and a bunch of fries in one go and not feel like Homer Simpson?
A lot of us guys experience waist inflation in our 30s and beyond, but even past 30 your body is still on your side; you just have to know how to shake it from hibernation.
Here are 3 ways to boost your metabolism and burn fat without even trying:
Start your day with water – Metabolism is what happens when your body breaks down food into energy to strengthen and repair itself. Like a screaming steam engine, sometimes all it needs is some H20 to get rolling. Grab for a large glass of water when you first wake up – even before coffee – and aim to drink four glasses daily.
Change your breakfast – Nix the sugary cereals and opt for protein-rich foods for men like eggs at breakfast. A good breakfast gives your body the kick in the pants it needs to burn fat all day, and stops you from wolfing down a mid-morning doughnut.
Eat more like Popeye – Eat more vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and red cabbage (all rich with minerals and vitamins) will help nourish your muscles like none other. Your body burns energy to feed your muscles, so the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism will run. If you really want to go for it, check out some guy-friendly kale recipes here.
If you’ve been searching high and low for the silver bullet of workout moves, look no further: The burpee is the ‘El Capitan’ of keeping fit. Cardio? Rock hard abs? Guns of steel? Check, check, and check. The burpee has you covered — so get your blood pumping by doing this full-body, single sequence workout.
It might look easy, but don’t be deceived. Despite the goofy name, burpees have a reputation for being especially unforgiving, but don’t be scared off either. You can start out with a modified burpee before ramping up to the full-blown jump-and-dives (you’ll thank us later).
Stand upright with arms at your side. Bend over and squat down.
Place your hands on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder width and pop back into a push-up position.
Hold in a planking position, then pull your legs forward back into a squatting position.
Rise up to original standing posture.
Check out this graphic for easy reference:
For a greater challenge:
Think you’re a tough guy? Then level up the burpee with some extra effort. Just don’t underestimate the energy needed for added jumping.
Repeat 1-3 of the beginner’s routine, but when you pop back up from a squat, jump before returning to your original standing posture. Sounds easy enough – but it’s going to burn baby burn!
If you don’t want to spew all over your gym mate, give yourself a break after chugging water or wait at least an hour after eating a meal before trying this – it’s called a burpee for a reason.