A major key to eliminating the usual Holiday Weight Gain is boosting your metabolism so you're burning more calories every day. This is the major theme of our hijacking the holiday weight gain guide.
A properly designed training program will help keep your metabolism revving along. On top of that, the right training will increase your body's natural growth hormone, which incinerates body fat like a blow torch!
And we'll design it so you don't have to get to the gym and you don't have to spend an hour and a half a day working out.
After all, the holiday season is a BUSY one! Who has time for that? We have lives, people!
The great news is that you really can increase your own levels of growth hormone naturally, without drugs, by manipulating certain variables such as your nutrition (not just what, but when you eat), your sleep, and even by exercising a specific way.
You see, growth hormone levels are directly affected by things like: stress, sleep, age, food, body mass and exercise. Age is the only one on that list that you can't manipulate (maybe someday, though!).
The secretion of growth hormone can be negatively affected by a poor diet, too little sleep, continuously high stress levels, etc.
Low levels of GH has real consequences, such as high body fat levels, poor health, stunted growth, decreased endurance, impaired metabolism and accelerated aging!
Manipulating your sleeping and eating cycles, as well as specific exercise protocols, have been shown to significantly increase GH actions.
Growth hormone's main functions include anabolic effects on muscle, stimulating bone growth and lipolysis (using fat for energy!).
This is where High Intensity Interval Training comes in (more on that later in the week).
But first, in tomorrow's post, we will look at some simple nutrition strategies you can use during the holiday season.
So pop back at 9am and see what it's all about.