Burn more calories all day long — it sounds like a dream for weight loss, doesn't it? Unfortunately, you don't have much control over your metabolic rate; however, running is an effective way to rev it up. Aerobic activity, such as running, on a regular basis can temporarily increase your metabolism, which burns calories for energy. This can lead to a reduction in body fat.
How Your Metabolism Works
It is not uncommon for people with weight loss issues to blame it on a slow metabolism, but there's little evidence to support pointing the finger. Rather, those who are overweight tend to have a faster metabolism than leaner individuals because the energy requirements are higher for a larger frame.
During aerobic activity such as running, your metabolism increases to sustain your energy while you run. It works by burning the calories you consume and tapping into your fat storage to create energy.
Generally, running doesn’t boost your metabolism all day. Therefore, to maintain or lose weight, you should run often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 75 minutes of vigorously intense cardio per week; running falls into this category. For greater benefits you can work twice as hard and aim for 150 minutes of vigorously intense aerobic activity per week. Therefore, you can run for 15 or 30 minutes daily to meet the physical guideline specification.
The Way to Burn Fat All Day
Keeping your metabolism up all day requires a much more intense form of cardio. The American College of Sports Medicine reports that high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, can keep your metabolism up for 1.5 to 24 hours after completing the exercise.
This metabolic boost is caused by the increased oxygen intake and anaerobic boost during HIIT, than in slower and longer forms of cardio. Perform HIIT while running by alternating between one-minute sprints and two minutes of moderate jogging or walking for 25 minutes.
Watch What You Eat
If your goal is to lose weight, it's just as important to take care of your dietary needs as it is to stick to your aerobic exercise goals. Although some foods such as green tea and chillies can increase your metabolism, the effects are too mild to make a real difference to your weight.
Instead, consume a diet that is balanced with lean protein such as salmon and complex carbs like vegetables and fruit. Create a caloric deficit of 500 to 1,000 to lose 1 to 2 pounds of weight per week.