People today are very concerned about their appearance and especially their weight. An individual’s metabolism has a great role to play in weight gain or loss.
Metabolism is the body’s natural process of burning ingested food to produce energy. There are various factors that affect an individual’s metabolism. A person with high metabolism will be hungry more often and still manage to stay slim while the reverse is true of someone with low metabolism.
The body’s metabolism gets stuck at a particular level on a dietary plan that combines low physical activities for a long time. So no matter how hard you try to lose weight, the low metabolism makes it a Herculean task.
You can boost your metabolism by improving these three aspects that affect it most.
If the body is used to a low calorie intake, the metabolism rate is slowed down considerably. This is because there is not much “work” for it. A healthier calorie intake will in turn, boost metabolism. Here’s what you can do:
- Calories are good as long as the sources are correct. The diet must have sufficient carbohydrates, protein and fats.
- Spices increase the metabolism rate significantly (up to 20 percent!)
- Fibers must form a part of your diet.
- Energy boosters, excess sugar, coffee or nicotine in the diet can affect the hormones and lower
- Alcohol has empty calories and increases over-eating.
By increasing regular physical activity the energy consumption by the body can be increased as well. This will boost metabolism as the body will need to work harder to convert food into energy. Follow these to improve:
- Aerobic exercises that work on the cardiovascular system are great. Start off with a 15 minute session initially before building it up gradually.
- The second step would be to include strength training as part of the exercise regime since building muscles allows for faster calorie burning.
- Exercise with short breaks instead of non-stop to lose weight faster.
- Rest is a must to cool down the body after exercise.
When the body is not supplied with food or energy source at a regular interval of about 3 hours it develops a tendency to store fats. This also means that metabolism is slowed. Boost it by eating regularly.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it boosts the sleeping metabolism after a long night.
- Small but frequent meals can satisfy your hunger pangs, prevent over-eating and boost your metabolism.
- Starving yourself will only lead to lower metabolism.
- It is necessary to stay hydrated to ensure good metabolism rate.