Trick To Burn Calories
The Greatest Trick on Burning Calories
I was re-reading a book I bought last summer that has some of the most amazing fitness tips ever. One of the most interesting chapters talks about a super-cool trick on how to avoid storing calories as body-fat.
It’s simple and only takes 90 seconds. And all you have to do is increase your Glucose Transporter Type 4 (GLUT-4).
The author says that doing 90 seconds of exercise before a meal, brings GLUT-4 to the surface of muscle cells, opening more gates for the calories to flow in to. The more muscular gates you have open before insulin triggers the same GLUT-4 on the surface of fat cells, the more you can put in your muscle instead of fat.”
In case that went over your head (like it did mine the first 4 times I read it), let me rephrase it for you: GLUT-4 is a protein that, when increased, tells your body to put calories into muscle tissue, instead of fat cells.
You better re-read that last sentence cause if true, this could be one of the greatest tricks ever!
So, how do you get GLUT-4 to increase?
It’s simple! All you have to do is engage in some brief muscular contractions before you eat. Or, put another way, perform 60-90 seconds of exercise before your meal. And, to give it a double dose, do the exercises again about 90 minutes after you eat.
Obviously, you’ll want to choose an exercise that does not require a gym, and one that contracts a lot of muscle mass.
Here are my favorite five:
1. Air Squats
2. Cossack Squats
3. Band Pull-Aparts
4. Wall Presses (or pushups)
5. Tricep Extensions Against the Wall
I love the first 2 because they also work on one of my most common problem areas — glutes and hip mobility! But you can choose any exercise you want. And if it’s a bodyweight exercise that works multiple muscles, then you may be getting twice the benefits.
Starting today, I challenge you to give it a try. Avoid storing those calories into fat cells by adding 90 seconds of exercise before your next two meals today.
Don’t feel like you have to do this before every single meal, especially if you’re within a few hours of an HIIT cardio workout. But, if it’s been more than 4-6 hours since you worked out, then I’d be doing them!
PS. If you’re eating out and for some weird reason have an issue doing Cossack Squats in public, you can get a similar effect by just isometrically tensing your leg muscles for 60-90 seconds while sitting at the table. Just try and look casual.