Did you know that the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn, even when you’re lying on the couch! The reason is that muscle is far more metabolically active than fat. Therefore you will burn energy (calories/ kilojoules) just to fuel your muscles. This is likely to help you to burn fat.
Eat Quality Protein
Protein requires more energy to digest than fat or carbohydrates. Therefore, more of the calories from protein will be expended in metabolism which makes it less likely that protein will be stored as fat. Protein is also important to build and repair muscle which as you know, is important for fat loss. Ensure you eat quality protein from foods such as lean meat, chicken, fish and eggs but be aware that you can eat too much protein. Excessive amounts of protein will place stress on the liver and can be stored as fat.
Get Enough Sleep
Those who average 8+ hours of sleep per night release more age-defying, metabolism boosting hormones than those who don’t get adequate sleep.
There is a particular link between sleep loss and obesity, because a lack of sleep lowers leptin, an important hormone that tells the body when it has eaten enough food, and increases ghrelin, the opposite hormone that tells the body to eat more food. The two combined can set the stage for overeating, which in turn may lead to weight gain.