You know your metabolism is up because your body functions and runs like a well-maintained and oiled machine. You have a steady weight and more energetic, you can just function in your day-to-day tasks without any problems. Yet, many people these days find themselves weak, lethargic, and lacking the drive to do anything. Some might immediately attribute it to depression, blues, or other emotional problems (which may be true, better to consult your physician) but there are times when all you really need to do is kickstart your body’s metabolic rate and you’ll be in that “happy” place. To figure out how to get to that happy place though we need to do some things and incorporate some lifestyle changes daily until they become our daily eating and exercising habits.
We’ll break down these things into seven easy to digest actions and go about them one by one.
1.) Start doing some heavy lifting and do more of it
For many people starting out their fitness routines they think that just by burning calories would be enough to get them to that happy place and lose weight. Constant glances at the calorie-burned counter on one’s Fitbit or machine is often what people do, thinking that if they add more time to the workout and make the number higher then it will be “better”. It’s not really a fool-proof case though. If you want your metabolic furnace to actually start burning during your daily routine you need to concentrate on toning and adding muscle to your physique. Here’s the thing, muscle burns more fat. Try to fit a total body strength workout two to three times per week using weights that are heavy enough for you to make ten repetitions in the difficult level. This will help you get toned and burn not only calories but fat.
2.) Start eating protein in the morning and afternoon
To crank up your metabolism, you need to eat quality protein. They come in the form of eggs, fish, legumes, yogurt, and lean meats. Most people have their protein at night for dinner by opting for chicken or fish, that’s easy. But if you want to get the most of your protein, have it during breakfast and lunch. As you build your muscle with heavy lifting consume your protein of choice before and after your regular weight training workouts. Your body works double time to break down and process calories that comes from protein than from carbs or fat which results in a slight bump in your metabolism. Protein is also the key in feeling satiated. It makes you feel fuller and helps your body burn more calories by breaking it down. Hence, you are hitting two birds with one stone.
3.) Manage your stress
It’s not a secret that chronic stress is unhealthy. Stress affects your body in more severe ways than most people may care to think. A high level of stress in your body makes you burn less calories. Stress can change the way your body metabolizes fat and it even led to the reduction of the benefits you get when eating healthy. Your digestive system just doesn’t function properly when you’re too stressed out.
4.) You can snack before bedtime
Yes you read this part right BUT before you dash to your fridge to reward yourself with a sweet treat keep in mind that not all snacks are created equal. The right and proper bedtime snack will help boost your metabolism. It does this by keeping your blood sugar level stable. When your blood sugar level is stable your pancreas will secrete a fat-burning hormone called glucagon.
To crank up your body’s glucagon production, eat a protein-rich diet. Protein helps stimulate the production of glucagon by sending a signal to brain that “you’re going hunting” and it is safe to shed fat because you’re going to replenish it after. Protein helps promote a longer lasting feeling of fullness. This helps you stay satisfied especially on a lower calorie diet.
Be sure to eat high quality protein. Choose good meats for your meals and snacks like grass-fed beef and lamb, wild seafood like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and other “oily” fish varieties, pastured poultry and eggs, grass-fed whey protein, game meats like elk, rabbit, etc)
5.) Go to sleep early
Being a very busy individual juggling work, a social life, family, and probably another type of job in the process, sleep may be something last on your “to-do list” for the day. I’m willing to bet that you’d skip it if you can. But the thing is, sleep is actually very important for your health and body. Sleep deserves priority status. Not getting enough rest wreaks havoc on your body’s metabolism. Your brain misreads your body’s cues which in turn might rev up your appetite because it thinks you need so much more energy to help fuel your late-night forays.
6.) Move right now!
You might be confused with this next suggestion. Even if you do one hour exercise routines daily that’s still not enough especially if you spend so much time sitting down. You are stalling your metabolism throughout the day. Movement not only burns calories, it keeps your metabolism high. Make an effort to stand up at your desk, go outside, walk around your house or building once or twice, go down stairs, do these movements whenever possible. More movements during the day even if it’s just walking down a hallway will keep your body and metabolism running. If you face a desk most of the time, consider investing in a standing desk.
7.) Stop obsessing about calories
People who want to boost their metabolism often stress and obsess about calorie-counting but this is not the full picture. Calories fuel your body and helps your metabolism run efficiently. If you take in too few, you’ll start feeling hungry and more fatigued. To combat this, again eat more protein like fish, eggs, and meat. Healthy fats are also needed like what you can get from olive oil, almond butter, avocadoes. Fresh fruits and veggies will also help deliver high-quality, nutritionally dense calories to your body. All these helps your metabolism run optimally. When it does, it helps burn more calories. If your metabolism is low your body just conserves calories thus leading to weight gain.
It’s the little things we do daily that help boost our health and metabolism. Little things that translate to big changes when we add them all together.
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