How To Tips: Increase Your Metabolism

By Timothy Tang on August 13, 2013

First off, what is metabolism?

Most people just know that you’re born with it, and there’s fast and slow metabolisms. But you don’t always have to have a slow metabolism- sure, genetics plays a substantial part, but you can also increase metabolism by following some easy tips. Metabolism is basically the rate at which your body burns nutrients to provide your body with energy to function. These nutrients are provided by the bodily essentials of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Now the trick is to train your body to be constantly working, constantly burning fat, even while you aren’t at the gym or on the treadmill. Lifting weights can easily help you kick-start that training by simply building lean muscle your body so it works twice as hard to maintain the extra muscle. Your body will get used to the constant burning and eventually will start burning calories, all because of a good hour long workout at the gym a couple times a week. This along with lifting weights, high intensity running, swimming, or cycling before your workout will keep your heart rate up while you are working out.

This strategy will lead to a major increase in calorie burning and leaner muscle production. A lot of dieters say that a diet consists of 80% work in the kitchen, and 20% in the gym, and that is absolutely correct. Changing your diet by eating more whole foods like vegetables, and restricting sugars, starches, and processed foods will automatically boost your energy and your metabolism. Vegetables are the best source of nutrients there is, and include a serving in every meal will pay off on the weight scale. Processed foods slow down the body, make you feel lazy, and are stripped of the nutrients you are searching for. The main source of sugar should be coming from the fruits in your everyday diet. Another great source of protein is chicken. Protein is great for metabolism because not only does it satisfy your hunger but it takes twice the energy to digest, so your body is working even while you’re eating.

One thing to avoid is starvation. Sure you look great in the mirror but you’re killing yourself on the inside. Don’t just eat less to lose weight – this extremely unhealthy. Your body reacts to the starvation and burns energy a lot slower due to the absence of food and not knowing when the next meal will be. Eating every 3 hours will let your stomach know that there is always food available, therefore your body will continually burn energy and it will thank you. Remember you can either pay for a healthy lifestyle now, or pay for it later in medical bills.

Keep a clean diet, have a workout routine, and keep your body fueled. The only person stopping you from achieving the self image you desire, is yourself, with dedication and hard work reaching your goal is just a walk in the park.

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