Boost Your Metabolism
Metabolism is such a big word to explain a simple idea. We all need energy to survive. Whether we are plants, animals, or bacteria, we all need energy. Energy doesn’t just float around in a form we can use to survive. We need to eat and digest food. That process of chemical digestion and its related reactions is called metabolism. Metabolism is the total of all the chemical reactions an organism needs to survive.
The faster your metabolism runs, the more calories you burn. The more you burn, the easier it is to drop pounds. And get this — you can make your metabolism work harder, a lot harder, 24 hours a day.
A Few Tips To Increase Metabolism
Eat healthy fats or supplement with them. Healthy fats are involved in hormonal production and cell repair. These processes require energy, so by eating such healthy fats as fish oil and olive oil, you will be increasing your metabolism.
Increase daily exercise. For example, take the stairs wherever you go. If you can’t find a parking space close to where you want, park far away and walk for a while.
Stretch daily to increase metabolism and flexibility and burn more calories.
Get your carbohydrates from a fibrous source. Eat lentils instead of sugar. Eating fibrous foods takes more energy to digest and more time to extract. You will burn more energy digesting and feel full for longer.
Change the amount of calories you eat every day. If you need to eat a specific amount of calories per day, for example 2000. Eat 1800 one day and 2200 the next to keep your body guessing.
Increase the percentage of calories you get from protein and decrease the amount from high GI index. Proteins need more energy to oxidize and be used for energy, so you will be actually decreasing the amount of calories you eat.
Perform high intensity cardio. This needs less time (max 30 min) and keeps your body in a high metabolically active state for a long time.
Eat smaller meals more frequently. This helps by increasing the amount of digestion you need, while keeping your body in a high calorie-burning state.
Eat whole foods, such as whole bread and whole grains. These contain less calories and need more energy to digest by your body.
Drink cold water, this will require your body to raise it to body temperature therefore using calories.
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