Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

speed-up-metabolismA slow metabolism means you burn fewer calories, and more fat gets stored. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off easily, your metabolism is a key player.  What is “metabolism” anyway?  In very simple terms, it’s the process of converting calories into energy.

The good news is that there some very simple ways to boost your metabolism:

1)  Eat more often

One of the reasons why your metabolism slows down is that you may not be eating often enough.  Are you one of those people who can go most of the day without eating and then gorge on a large meal at dinner time? Bad idea!  Your body thinks you’re starving so slows down its burning of calories and you end up storing more fat.  When you start eating small portions of nutrient-dense foods every 3 to 4 hours, your body kicks up the fat burning mechanism.

2)  Drink plenty of water

Remember that in order to burn fat, your organs need to be functioning well, and they require hydration to do that.  Drink at least the minimum recommendation of 64 ounces daily – more if you are overweight or if you engage in intense workouts.  If you don’t like plain water, try drinking it at different temperatures, add lemon slices, or “sneak” it into other beverages like diluting a 1/4 cup of fruit juice with 8 ounces of water.

3)  Weight training

Even if you already do cardio workouts, you may want to include some weight training workouts a few times a week, because the more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be.  That’s because just having more muscle on your body requires more energy to sustain, so you burn more calories.

Consult your doctor to be sure weight training is safe for you – and then be sure to educate yourself on proper form to prevent injury.  The great thing about weight training is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to start – you can use the resistance of your own body by doing ab crunches, leg lifts, push-ups – or get a small set of dumbbells for added resistance.

4)  Avoid sugar

When you eat excessive amounts of sugar, your body automatically shifts into fat storage mode.  Your blood sugar levels spike and
dip erratically and if this goes on for long enough, “insulin resistance” can result – which means your body has a harder time processing sugar and more of it will get stored as fat.  Reducing your intake of refined sugar isn’t hard as you may think; just replace those sugary treats with moderate servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and nuts and seeds.  Over time, your cravings for sugar will fade substantially – it’s only when you keep eating sugar that you keep craving it!

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Green tea has long been believed to be a metabolism and fat burning booster.  It does contain caffeine – but less than a third of the caffeine in coffee.  Even better, green tea is loaded with antioxidants that contribute to the prevention of cell damage, which helps prevent serious diseases.

Remember that boosting your metabolism isn’t a one-time event, but if you do things like the above on a regular basis, you can train your body to function much more efficiently than it may be doing currently.

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