7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism


Metabolism is the process of breaking down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to yield the energy your body needs to maintain itself.  The rate of your metabolism depends on the interaction between the number of calories you consume, the number of calories you burn while eating and exercising, and or course your individual genetic makeup.A fast acting metabolism is crucial for weight loss.  Although many people are blessed with good genes and a good metabolism, those who aren’t are still in luck as there are many ways your get jump start your metabolism and keep it up high all day.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

Nothing recharges your batteries like a good night sleep.  Aim for 7 to 9 hours each night.  Your body needs enough sleep to produce and release hormones such as growth hormone and melatonin.  These regulate your biological clock, benefit your body tissues, and work as antioxidants to help you fight off illness. When these hormone levels are low your body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. Coritsol will slow down the metabolism and will assist your body in storing fat.  Deep sleep also allows the body’s cells to increase and reduce the breakdown of proteins needed for the body to function properly.

 

Eat Breakfast.

Some people try to save some calories and completely neglect one of the most important meals of the day.  When you wake up, your metabolism is running at its lowest rate of the entire day.  It is vital to get some healthy food in your system to crank your body into gear!  Try some of these great breakfast options.  When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to gorge yourself at your first meal later in the day.

Workout in the Morning

This isn’t for everyone.  If you can’t fit your workout in in the morning hours, it’s no big deal.  Work out when you can.  If you do have the option to choose when you workout mornings are great to get a jump-start on your day.  Your metabolism will be boosted for the day and it will even help you make smarter/healthier decisions for the day ahead of you.

Build Muscle

You should be weight training at least 3 times a week.  Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest!  Keep in mind; most people do not lift heavy enough weights to build muscle.  Really pack on those weights and push yourself!  If you can complete 8-12 reps without a struggle you are not lifting enough.  You should push yourself until failure.

Eat 6 Small Meals A Day

Forget what you learned growing up.  By eating only three meals a day your metabolism often falls and you are more inclined to eat more than you need.  Aim for six small meals a day to control your appetite, regulate your blood sugar levels, stay energized, and build muscle mass.  Don’t neglect the most important meal of the day, protein after your workout!

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Include lean protein with every meal.  Protein gives your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats and keeps you feeling full longer.  Eating enough protein will also ensure you are building and maintaining muscle mass.  Be sure to include healthy protein sources, like yogurt, cheese, nuts, or beans, with every meal.

Drink up

Researchers in Germany found that subjects of a study increased their metabolic rates by 30% after drinking about 17 ounces of water. Obviously, drinking water is not the end all be all.  If you are having two Big Macs and fries for lunch, accompanying it with water will not benefit you!  Water is also a natural appetite suppressant that banishes bloat as it flushes out sodium and toxins. Drinking enough water will help keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger.

 

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