Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just wanting to maintain your sleek physique, boosting your metabolism to a higher rate is always a good idea. Increasing your metabolism means your body burns calories at a higher rate. So if your metabolism is high, it’s burning calories even when you're sleeping. A sluggish metabolism can cause you to gain weight, because you’re consuming more than your body is burning.
There are a few things that will slow up your metabolism. Don’t reduce your calorie intake too low. The fact that you gain weight easily is proof that your body likes to shift into fat-storage mode at the drop of a hat, and going too low on calories is one of the easiest ways to trigger the starvation mode.. Don’t fall for the mistaken idea that the less you eat, the more you’ll lose—that’s just not how your body works.
Also, Don’t skip meals. Going too long between meals affects your body chemistry in ways that can make weight loss more difficult. Most people can manage their hunger and avoid cravings and overeating by spreading out their calories into five or six small, well-balanced meals or snacks during the day. Try not to go more than two to three hours without eating something.
There are several ways to give your metabolism an extra push.
The first thing you need to do is add breakfast to your daily meal planner. Although many people don’t like eating breakfast, it gives your body the rev up it needs to launch your metabolism.
Build muscle is one the most important actions you can take to maintain a high metabolic rate while trying to lose weight. Strength training prevents you from losing a lot of muscle along with the fat you lose when dieting. Considering that a pound of muscle burns about 3 times more calories per day than a pound of fat even when you’re sitting still, A simple strength training program twice a week can limit your muscle loss to almost zero, and keep your metabolism running high.
Don’t just sit there. If you’re watching TV or sitting at your desk, get up frequently to do a few exercises. Keep those resistance bands and dumbbells nearby at all times—you can fit a complete strength training workout into the commercial breaks of a one-hour TV show. Ditch your chair and sit on a stability ball (or a stationary bike) instead—even fidgeting can help!
Both strength and cardio exercises boost metabolism by increasing your calorie burn even AFTER your session is done. You can get the most out of this perk by starting your day with a workout or by incorporating multiple exercise sessions into your day
Include mental exercises. One of the most important (but least recognized) factors in keeping your metabolic fires well stoked is managing stress effectively. Chronic stress disrupts the hormones that regulate everything from appetite to fat storage, and can defeat even the best exercise and eating plans.
And Most Importantly…Make exercise and healthy eating FUN!. The more variety you can put in your diet and your exercise routine, the more stimulating it will be. That makes it easy to put your best efforts forward, and get a major metabolic return on your investment.