How to Boost Your Metabolism
Before diving into a few ways to boost your metabolism, it is important to understand what exactly metabolism is. Metabolism is the rate at which your body processes the food that you have eaten. For people who are trying to lose weight, increasing your metabolism rate leads you to losing more weight without cutting more calories out of your diet. Here are a few simple ways that you can follow to help with boosting your metabolic rate.
Eating Small and Frequent Meals
People who extend their time between the meals go into starvation mode which in return decreases their metabolism — a natural reaction and internal process that protects energy and prevents starvation. It depends on your body type to how exactly you’ll react to this process. Either way, I suggest eating small but frequent meals. This allows your body to natural digest the foods that you eat without going into starvation mode. Using this method to also eat healthy foods will help you to increase your overall metabolism too.
A healthy diet and exercise go hand in hand when losing weight and increasing your metabolism. It is important to have at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Exercise helps you by burning those calories while you are moving which keeps your metabolic rate level, even after you are done exercising. Even committing to doing intervals of 5, 10, or 15 minutes of heavy (aka elevated heart rate) exercises can help level out your metabolism.
Studies have shown that increasing your water intake leads to a healthy metabolic rate by as much as 40%. The reason why we avoid drinking water is that our body often confuses thirst with hunger due to which our metabolism level goes down. So skip the sugary, carbonated beverages for a bit of water and you’ll keep that hunger at bay.
Follow a Healthy Diet
We all find ways to lose weight quickly and often opt for crash diet techniques. These crash diets automatically restrict your caloric intake which has a negative effect on our metabolism levels. The most damaging part about crash dieting is that initially you will see a drastic weight loss but it will ultimately slow down your metabolism leading you in gaining more weight than you have lost. Crash diets also cause you to become deficient in some major nutrients that your body needs because of the limitations they place on your food intake.
Instead, focus on making a healthy lifestyle change. Try going meatless once a week. Or skip the fat-filled sauces and dressings whenever you can. Little changes like that can make a huge difference.
Combining green tea with a healthy diet and exercising routine is a perfect way to boost your metabolism level. The green tea leaves contain a plant compound named as ECGC that helps in burning fat. While the verdict is out on exactly how much green tea you have to drink in a day to lose weight, you may want to consider a green tea supplement.
As much as healthy diet and cardio workout is important for your body to increase your metabolism, adding a little weight training to it also helps. Building muscles through weight training also helps in boosting your metabolism. Muscle burns more calories than fat which is why the more muscle you gain the higher your resting metabolic rate will be. The best part but weight training is that every muscle you gain burns more calories for you even when you are sleeping or at rest.