Well we are all getting older, if there is one thing that no one can stop it is that, aging. But have you ever noticed that some people’s metabolism never seems stops. They are fit and healthy for years, and without trying? Well, they have what you would call an incredible metabolism. What is that, (for those of us who don’t have it…) A metabolism is the holy grail of all the health conscience, simply put it is the rate at which your body burns calories. Burning calories = Awesome!
For those of us that don’t have that it can be rather frustrating, but whether or not your are gifted with that dream metabolism, there are some things that you can do to get your metabolism back up. Everyone — no matter how old, overweight, or out of shape has the power to increase their metabolism, so let’s do this:
7 Easy Tips to Increase your Metabolism
1. A good foundation:
Be sure you get the proper amount of sleep. The simple lack of sleep can decrease the calories your body burns while resting or performing just the basics like, breathing, pumping blood, and repairing damaged tissues. This resting calorie burn represents about 60 to 75% of your daily calorie burn so it is important to keep your body rested in order for it to run properly.
2. Strength Training:
We burn calories round the clock just to survive, even when we are at rest. To rev up your metabolism you need to increase your body’s need for energy. The trick is that those people with more muscles, burn more calories. Muscle burns 3 times as many calories as fat, even when resting. Putting on just 5 to 10 pounds of lean muscle mass can burn roughly 100 additional calories even when you are resting just to maintain itself.
3. Be intense:
To rev up your metabolism for hours after the fact, try intense aerobic exercise. But you gotta push yourself. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate. So instead of just walking try to add a few short bursts of jogging. And think about this for a second, working out in the morning has the benefit of revving up your metabolism for hours.
4. Eat wisely:
Dieting = bad. When you restrict your calories, your body thinks it is starving, and actually slows your metabolism. So eating a balanced healthy diet daily and aiming to simply cut 100 calories from you would normally eat is safer. It is easier than you think, practice leaving just two bites of food on your plate at each meal. And you can easily avoid that extra hundred calories, maybe more, by the end of the day.
Remember that diets that highly restrict calories usually leave the body searching for energy and it uses muscles before fat, which will lower your metabolism even more!
5. Small and Frequent:
Don’t let your body think that is is starving, instead feed yourself small, nutrient packed meals frequently throughout the day. This helps to assure your body that you aren’t going to starve. Your body’/s natural defense to starving is storing fat, in case the next meal doesn’t come. The good news is that generally people eat less overall when they eat mall frequent meals. Avoiding that feeling of being starved, also helps your food choices. You can be more in control rather than reaching for fast junk food because you can’t stand another minute of hunger.
6. Drink it up:
What is our body mostly made of? You guessed it water! Our bodies use water all the time, in fact it must have water to process calories. If you are even slightly dehydrated your metabolism can slow down.
“In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four.” Keep yourself hydrated by having a glass of water of beverage before each meal!
7. Keep your cool:
When our bodies have to work to keep ourselves comfortable temperature wise, they burn more calories… WOW! Also according to studies, animals and people both, consume more food when temperatures are neutral, and eat less when they feel too hot or cold. You don’t have to torture yourself, but just a slight change in the thermostat might help you burn a few extra calorie.
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.