The word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate, or the number of calories you burn. The higher it is, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better.
Here are some easy ways to increase your metabolism.
Drink Lots Of Water
This first point is more for weight loss and overall health. Drink at least 8-10 cups of water a day. This will not only help with flushing out toxins in the body and skin quality, but will also help reduce the chance of food sitting in the body and turning to fat.
While one shouldn’t rely on water alone for weight loss, it can definitely help. Plus, it’s going to be summer soon, which means heat exhaustion and dehydration can be more prevalent than ever. Drink your H20! Lastly, cold water can help with weight loss too. The body burns 75 calories turning cold water into body temperature water once in the body. While one can’t rely on this to keep the fat off, these tips are something to ponder on and utilize in healthy quantities.
Your body constantly burns calories, even when you’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. After a session of strength training, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate.
Step Up Your Workout
Aerobic exercise may not build big muscles, but it can rev up your metabolism in the hours after a workout. The key is to push yourself. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer rise in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. To get the benefits, try a more intense class at the gym or include short bursts of jogging during your regular walk.
Green tea and green tea supplements have been proven to help with boosting one’s metabolism. It’s recommended drinking a cup of tea or taking a green tea supplement (as directions suggest) in the morning. Furthermore, It’s highly recommended getting a green tea supplement that is purely green tea. The more natural the better when it comes to this stuff.
Most fat burning supplements contain a lot of synthetic ingredients that could be unhealthy for one to consume short and long term. Always check the ingredients list on supplements before taking them, and be sure to ask a fitness and/or medical professional if you have any questions.
Power Up With Protein
Your body burns many more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. As part of a balanced diet, replacing some carbs with lean, protein-rich foods can boost metabolism at mealtime. Good sources of protein include lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products.
Eating more often can help you lose weight. When you eat large meals with many hours in between, your metabolism slows down between meals. Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at mealtime.