Metabolism is the rate at which your body expends calories – if you have a low metabolic rate you will use less calories and if you have a high metabolic rate, you will use more calories, it’s just that simple! Your age and your fitness levels affect your metabolic rate, which is why people tend to put on weight when they grow old and are not as active.
Increasing your metabolic rate will boost your energy levels, improve muscle tone and help you burn fat. So take control of your metabolism to make it work in your favor.
A hearty but healthy breakfast will boost your metabolism, so never skip your breakfast. If you’re pressed for time, you can opt for a quick homemade no-bake protein bar. Having breakfast fires up your metabolism and better regulates blood sugar levels through the day.
2. Skip The Coffee
Caffeine may seem like a shortcut to boosting metabolism, but as caffeine dependence or addiction grows, this effect weakens. Instead, it worsens dehydration problems and can also affect your mood, increasing irritability and fatigue.
3. Think Nutrients, Not Calories
Counting calories may seem like a good way to loose weight and increase metabolism, but it’s not. Instead of focusing on calories, try to focus on nutrition, with natural foods like whole grains, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits, and veggies. Compounds in several fresh foods like chilies and berries have been found to contain compounds that increase fat burn and metabolic rates.
4. Snack, Don’t Binge
We grew up following the 2 large meals a day rule, but that’s been tossed out now. Dietitians and experts recommend several smaller meals through the day instead, as this better regulates metabolism and keeps blood sugar levels stable.
Make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout your day as this will keep your metabolism elevated. If you have trouble even remembering to drink water, there are apps to help with that too! Research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that drinking water (about half a liter) increases the rate of metabolism by as much as 30 percent!
Fats are often frowned upon, but there are different types of fats. Your meals should contain plenty of healthy fats like those from fish, nuts and seeds, so make it a point to include them in daily meals. Healthy fats like Omega-3s have been shown to help lower your food cravings and can help regulate blood sugar levels, in turn helping to balance your metabolism.
Try to follow a more disciplined schedule, with your food habits, as well as with sleep. Going without food for hours sends your metabolism into a downward spiral, increasing the risk of food cravings and binge eating.
8. PH Balance
According to some natural health enthusiasts, correcting your natural pH balance can help improve your metabolism. This is because naturopaths like Natasha Turner believe that pH imbalances also lead to hormonal imbalances, impairing metabolism. A simple way to do this is to introduce apple cider vinegar in your life.
Your sleep (or lack of it) also affects your metabolism, so make sure that you get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, you can use a variety of natural sleep aids to help you get the quality and quantity of sleep that you require.
Being positive may seem like some ‘new age’ mumbo jumbo, but it keeps your energy levels high and helps you stay motivated. Negativity can have a devastating effect on your metabolism, as it makes you lethargic and fatigued.
Most importantly, if you can’t embrace all of these changes at once, make one change at a time – baby steps can take you far!
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