Would you like to increase your metabolism? Speeding up metabolism just may be the key to successful and permanent weight loss. The overly simplified definition of metabolism is the process of your body burning calories. This process is natural and is constantly occurring even when you are pretty much doing nothing such as sleeping.
During metabolism your body is converting food that you have consumed, into energy that your body needs in order to maintain itself. Speeding up metabolism means that the rate in which your body is converting food into energy will increase. This will help you lose weight because your body will be burning more calories and will store less food as fat.
Although there are countless diets and pills out there that claim to boost your metabolism, the safest and most effective strategy is to go the more natural route. These quick fixes and remedies are not for the long term and will just end up leaving you disappointed. Below I have listed the best ways that I have found for speeding up metabolism.
Simple Tips For Boosting Your Metabolism:
- Exercise To Build More Lean Muscle Mass
If you would like to increase your metabolism, the most effective way is to exercise and build more muscle mass. It takes twice as many calories for the body to sustain muscle compared to fat. Therefore, the more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism will be.
- Cut Down On The Sugar
Eating right and cutting back on foods, like soda and candy, that are high in sugar will help your metabolism. Foods that are high in sugar are usually stored as fat within your body. Instead, try to eat foods that are more nutritious such as whole grains, vegetables, nuts, beans or fruit. These foods are much healthier for you, will keep you feeling full and won’t give you that sugar craving addiction.
- Think Spicy
This may sound a bit strange but spicy foods are actually really good for speeding up metabolism. This is perfect for me because I love spicy food. : ) There have been many scientific studies that have shown that spicy foods like chili and peppers can boost your metabolism.
- Get Your 8 Hours In
Although sleeping by itself won’t increase metabolism, people who don’t get enough sleep are much more likely to be overweight. These people tend to eat more foods that are high in sugar because they are trying to get that quick energy burst to overcome their tiredness. A lack of sleep can also increase your stress level which, in turn, will slow down your metabolism. Getting the proper sleep and finding ways to reduce your stress will speed up metabolism and make you feel better.
- Eat Early
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for speeding up metabolism and assisting with weight loss. People who eat breakfast, are much less inclined to snack throughout the morning. Of course, if you’re eating more frequently, you can still eat something between breakfast and lunch.
Studies have shown that metabolism slows during sleep, and doesn’t typically get going again until you eat. Therefore, starting the day with breakfast is like kick starting your metabolism. You’ll actually burn more calories throughout the day, simply by eating breakfast.
Remember, as you eat your breakfast, control both the portions and the contents. You don’t want to eat to the point of complete fullness, because you want to eat throughout the day and you won’t be able to do that if you’re stuffed.
At the same time, beware of high-fat breakfasts. Studies have shown that high-fat breakfasts, such as those that include bacon and sausage, not only deliver lots of calories, but they also make you hungry again, very soon. In addition to having ingested a lot of fat and calories, you’ll typically find yourself rather ravenous again in a few hours.
Alternatively, breakfasts that are high in fiber, take longer to digest, and thus, the body won’t be hungry again for a while.
This is something to bear in mind; and it may explain why many people who eat breakfast, sometimes find themselves painfully hungry by lunchtime. It’s not their “overactive metabolism” at work, it’s the high fat content, which has been swiftly digested.
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