Science shows that modified fasting — fasts in which calories are restricted but required nutrition is supplied, like the Almased 14-day fast — can flip the body’s natural metabolic switch from burning sugar to burning fat, which also preserves muscle mass.
In addition, safe fasting improves the balance of several important hormones. Healthy fasting keeps insulin levels in check and boosts levels of norepinephrine — which mobilizes more fat for the body to burn.
Better yet, modified fasting lowers levels of the appetite hormone, ghrelin, and increases leptin, the hunger-blocking satiety hormone.
Plus it can also increase overall metabolism by up to 14 percent.
In fact, while many of us want to boost metabolism and burn fat most of us don’t want to have to make complicated changes in our diet or lifestyle.
Well, that’s why we put together our tips for better and faster fat-burning:
1. Follow a high-protein diet — including Almased!
The problem with most diets is that they are only that — diets, pure and simple, just a reduction in calories, without any long-lasting effects on satiety (feeling full) or hunger.
Plugging more high-quality protein into our diet reduces appetite, improves satiety, increases fat burning, helps with weight loss and preserves muscle mass.
Plus, more protein in the diet has been shown to significantly boost metabolism and increase the number of calories you burn.
In one study, a high-protein group burned 260 more calories each day than did those who were on a low-protein diet; that’s about the same, calorie-wise, as an hour of moderate-intensity exercise.
Amino acids are aces here, too. Research shows that essential amino acids, included as part of meal replacements along with protein, can lead to increased fat burning.
Research has shown that Almased’s high-protein and amino acid-rich formula reduces cravings and controls appetite.
2. Do exercise
According to a recent review of 58 studies, strength training — body-weight exercises and lifting weights — was shown to decrease body fat, including visceral fat, the fat which surrounds our organs.
In addition, strength exercise preserves lean body mass — the total weight of your body minus all the weight from your fat mass — which increases the number of calories the body burns while at rest.
In a 12-week study, 35 healthy middle-aged participants were randomly placed in one of three groups — resistance training, resistance training with Almased supplementation, and lifestyle education only.
People in the exercise plus Almased group experienced significant improvements in strength measurements, body composition and metabolism.
3. Eat more good fats
Fat doesn't make you fat. The important thing is choosing the right fat.
Monounsaturated fats increase our metabolic rate — increasing fat burning and boosting thermogenesis. They also act as a buffer for the sugar you take in, since good fat slows the assimilation of sugar in your bloodstream.
Healthy sources include avocados, seeds, nuts, fish, and olive oil.
4. Get more sleep
You want to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, which is preferably seven to eight hours.
When we get less sleep than what our bodies need on any one night, the levels of hunger-hormone ghrelin will be increased the next day.
Not getting the right sleep can also negatively affect leptin and insulin levels. Plus, people who sleep less also dine at irregular times, eat out and snack more, to boot.
There’s no better time than right now to commit to a new approach to fat-burning, one that includes Almased!