Metabolism is best described as the way - not the speed – that our body processes and uses the food we eat. It is the complex network of hormones and enzymes that convert food into fuel and affects how efficiently you burn that fuel. This process then establishes the rate at which we burn our calories and, how quickly we gain or lose weight. Many factors also influence your metabolism, such as: age, sex, proportion of lean body mass, and genetics. Which goes without saying, that everyone’s metabolism will burn calories at different rates.
Did you know? The more weight you carry, the faster your metabolism is likely running.
Extra weight causes your body to work harder to sustain itself, so chances are; your metabolism is running a bit faster. Often when a heavy person diets, it’s easier to lose weight to begin with, but becomes harder later on. Since your metabolism is already running so high, reduction in calories will result in an immediate loss.
Losing significant amounts of body fat means your body will need fewer calories to sustain it. Your metabolism will then adjust accordingly (slowing down), making it easy to regain weight after you worked to lose.
To Increase Metabolism You Need To …
A slow metabolism can often make you feel lethargic, sluggish and exhausted, especially if you’re having difficultly losing weight despite a healthy low-calorie diet.
Eat breakfast - It is the most important meal of the day – and with good reason. It gets your metabolism started, to provide you with energy for your day. It also helps you to avoid
Quality Foods – Certain types of food can burn faster and easier than others. The Thermic Effect of Food, a term describing the amount of energy it takes to digest and process food; and energy comes from burning calories. Foods like protein and high-fiber carbohydrates (high-fiber vegetables and cereals) burn more calories than simple carbohydrates and fats, because it takes more energy to process them. So for meals and snacks, aim for quality protein, high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and grain. Check out our articles on Healthy Eating and Ingredient Substitution for eating healthy tips.
Eat smaller portions – Smaller meals more frequently, or eat healthy snacks throughout your day. Keeps your metabolism going and your energy up; rather than feeling tired and lazy after a heavy meal, which slows your metabolism down.
Vitamins Intake – Vitamins in general provide a good source of nutrients for healthy body, which is required for maintaining an efficient metabolism. Antioxidants, Vitamin C and the B’s are great for keeping the body running smoothly.
Stay hydrated – When you are dehydrated, your body temperature drops slightly, and causes your body to store fat as a way to help raise or maintain the temperature. Stay warm and drink plenty of water, usually recommendation is 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water (“8 x 8” rule).
Build Muscles – muscle cells are up to eight times more active than fat cells, and muscle burns more calories than fat. Take on a weight lifting activity, even if it’s just a 1pound dumbbell or exercise band that you can strap around your joints as you move about your daily routine. Check out the Body Shaper Machine exercise routines for short, quick and easy workout sessions.
Exercise – The increase heart rate can boost your metabolism for several hours. Aerobic exercises are most effective, and again, you are building muscles that burn calories.