7 Ways To Naturally Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Let’s start by asking the question;

“What is ‘Metabolism’?”

Metabolism is the amount of energy or calories that your body burns to function. The good news is we are constantly burning calories, the bad news is this is irrelevant if we are consuming more calories than we burn! So it is vital for weight loss that we increase the rate at which our body burns calories.

Your metabolism is affected by your body composition. Your body composition is the percentage of fat and muscle your body contains. So, someone with a more muscular frame will have a higher rate of metabolism than someone with a higher percentage of body fat. So how can this help you in losing weight? Well as you become more active, you will increase your metabolism.

BUT!

There are plenty of other ways in which we can increase our metabolism, and to help you in your journey of weight loss I have listed some great ways below.

  • Increase Metabolic Rate

    7 Easy Ways To Increase Your Metabolism!

    Resistance Training

A lot of people are under the misconception that running a million miles a day is the only way you can burn. This is completely untrue! When training start using weights. Now I don’t mean you have try and pick up the heaviest weights you can find, if you feel 12-15 repetitions of 3kg weights are working your muscles nicely, then don’t be afraid to use them! Resistance training (just a posh word for training with weights!) will stimulate the growth of muscles, and remember what we said; those that have a higher percentage of muscle will have a higher metabolism. Women, don’t worry you won’t become the next Arnie Swarchenegger!

 

  • Change your Habits!

Park your car at the end of the car park and walk, don’t just drive round in endless circles looking for the closest possible space! Use the stairs instead of elevator, and if you feel like you have sat down for too long, get up and do something! Just because you worked out earlier doesn’t mean you can’t take the dog for a walk to the shop!

  • Increase the amount of protein you consume.

Protein should be the center of every meal!

  • Change your workouts around! 

Resistance training one day, cardio the next! Like everything else our body gets used to exercise. If we keep doing the same workout our body will plateau. So we need to change the stimulus.

  • Eat smaller more frequent meals. 

The longer we wait to eat, the slower our metabolism gets. So, small frequent meals will keep our metabolism ‘on its toes!

  • Introduce Vitamin B  to your diet

Not enough levels of Vitamin B in your body can leave you feeling quite low and depressed. Not only does is slow you down and make you feel fatigued, but it can slow your metabolism down as well. So start adding foods such as spinach, broccoli, fish and eggs to your daily diet to start consuming Vitamin B. 

  • Sleep!!

Many people miss this one. But everyone should aim for at about 7 hours sleep every night. Research has proven that your metabolic rate can slow down if you’re not getting enough sleep. Another one that people miss is having a sleep pattern. Okay you could sleep for 7-8 hours every night/day, but if you going to sleep at 9pm one night, then 2am the next, 6 am the day after, it will eventually take a toll on your body as you don’t have a set sleeping pattern. Try to get to sleep roughly the same time every night.

So now I hope you realize the importance of metabolism, and how it plays a MASSIVE part in weight loss. Increase your metabolic rate, introduce a healthy diet and exercise to burn more calories than you consume, and you will be well on your way to shedding those pounds and becoming a more confident you!

 

1 Comment

  • Jaap

    Reply Reply November 15, 2012

    I will use your advice from now on. Thanks! Jaap

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