Whether you are trying to loose weight or simply trying to work on a healthier you your metabolism plays a roll in both. By giving your metabolism a little boost your body will process and burn fat longer during the day. Many of these tips below are just great health tips whether you are looking to boost your metabolism or not.
Tips to Boost Your Metabolism
- Lift weights : Muscle burns 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, whereas fat only burns 2 calories daily. Weightlifting helps activate your muscles, which raises your resting metabolic rate.
- Work out intensely : Studies have shown that aerobic exercise can increase your metabolism hours after your workout. Higher intensity workouts, with short bursts of activity, such as Tabata or HIT (High Intensity Training) have a larger and longer impact on metabolism than low- or moderate-intensity workouts.
- Drink more water : Your metabolism will slow down if it doesn’t have plenty of water to process food. One study showed that adults who drank 8+ glasses of water per day burned more calories than those who drank four.
- Take a dietary supplement : Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine recently discovered that the reason your metabolism slows as you age is that two key amino acids become depleted. Taking a supplement, such as Pruvin (www.pruvin.com) that replaces these amino acids will restore your metabolism to younger levels as long as you keep taking it, and help you gain muscle, lose fat and increase energy and mental sharpness.
- Drink caffeine : The reason you feel a boost in energy and concentration after drinking caffeine is that it temporarily boosts the metabolic rate. One study showed that after drinking 2-4 cups of tea, the body burned 17% more calories during moderate exercise for a short time.
- Eat Well and Often : Trying to lose weight by eating fewer calories can backfire, because your metabolism learns that it’s not getting as much food, so it slows down, causing you to lose less weight. And when your calorie reduction makes you lose muscle, the metabolism slows even further. The best way to boost metabolism is to eat lean protein (which causes the body to burn more calories than by eating carbs or fat), such as white chicken meat, turkey, eggs, tofu, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy, fish and lean meat. And eating snacks between meals (every 3-4 hours) keeps your metabolism in high gear, and also reduces your appetite at meal time.
Nutrition is the key to metabolism. The pathways of metabolism rely upon nutrients that they breakdown in order to produce energy. This energy in turn is required by the body to synthesize new proteins, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) etc. ~ (Dr Ananya Mandal, MD)
Key word here is energy. I don’t know about you but as a working mother I often wonder where all my energy goes. We are already in the second month of the new year and I have yet to set some much needed goals for myself regarding my health. These tips are a great way to kick off my goals in a healthy way.
What is one healthy habit you would like to add to your day?