If there was a tiny switch located in your body that would increase your fat-burning potential (and finally help you shed those last few pounds), would you turn it on?
Nearly everyone who has ever dieted would respond with a resounding "Yes!" to this question, and this is reflected in how quickly new diet products and supplements fly off store shelves on a daily basis.
But what if burning fat were as simple as optimizing your hormones and, in turn, boosting the production of a little-known enzyme already produced by your body?
This enzyme, referred to as hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), is a natural enzyme responsible for the breakdown of fat cells in the body and—along with insulin—determines how quickly and efficiently our bodies will shed fat.
In simple terms, we want to keep our HSL production running strong while also keeping our insulin (the fat storage hormone) levels low in order to burn fat efficiently. If either system is running less than optimally, our bodies will resist any attempt to shed excess weight, even if we're taking "fat-burning" supplements or dieting heavily.
The great thing about HSL is that we can train our bodies to produce more of it through certain types of training and eating schedules—no pills or supplements necessary.
Below are a few tricks to add to your weekly routine to boost HSL production and rev your metabolism.