How To Rev Up Your Metabolism

Metabolism. It’s a complicated subject. Most people I know would like a faster one. What is it? Your metabolism is the process your body goes through to break down nutrients to provide energy for your body. It works around the clock, but sometimes not so well. The purpose of this article is to offer a number of different ways for you to boost your metabolism if you would like to lose weight or just eat more (for energy of course).

Some people do have slower metabolisms based on heredity. Age can be a factor as well, with the average person’s metabolism slowing about five percent every decade after forty. But these are things out of our control and harping on them do nothing, but keep us from doing things that will actually have an impact on improving our metabolic rates. I offer you some of the best metabolic boosters known today.

Different macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) require different energy expenditures by the body in order to digest the food. Protein burns roughly 5x-6x more calories during digestion than a similar amount of calories of fat and about 3x more than carbohydrates. Eat your weight in protein grams and see your metabolic rate soar.

Water intake is also a major driver of metabolism. A lack of proper hydration can inhibit all bodily processes, metabolism included. A recent study showed that volunteers who drank 12 cups of water per day burned more calories than those who drank 8 cups and 4 cups. In order to kick your metabolism into high gear, drink one ounce of water per pound of body weight. If you exercise, add 16 ounces per 30 minutes. Ice water also boosts your metabolic rate as your body burns calories to increase the temperature.

Frequent, small- to medium-sized meals also boost metabolism. It’s best to target at least five meals, if not six or seven. Eat a few hundred calories every few hours rather than 800-1000 three times a day. Try to get at least 15g of protein in each meal. It helps to get into a rhythm, too. If you eat seven meals today and two tomorrow, it will mess with the thermal effect of your food. I also recommend eating breakfast within an hour of waking up and with a good amount of protein.

Eating whole foods is highly recommended as opposed to those that are processed with chemicals and heavy in fat, sodium, and sweeteners. If you do include processed foods in your daily diet, I recommend always reading your food labels so that you are aware of exactly what is in your foods. You would be surprised by some of the dangerous chemicals that are approved for use in our food supply. Some of these can inhibit your metabolism or lead to overeating. It’s best to avoid highly-refined foods.

Exercise also plays a big role in increasing metabolism. I recommend weight lifting at least three times a week. Use weights that will drive you to failure at no more than twelve reps. Six to ten is an excellent range to target. Also, having more muscle means more calories burned. In terms of cardio, I recommend interval training, which flip flops between sprints and slower movements. You can get a great cardio workout in only twenty minutes instead of running five miles in an hour.

If you want your metabolism, brain, and overall body to function at its best, it is important to get a good night’s sleep. Although sleep may not impact metabolism directly, a lack of it can cause you to crave unhealthy foods and skip workouts. Get the proper rest.

Other food and drinks that can help boost metabolism are green tea, cinnamon, healthy fats like those from cold-water fish, avocados, nuts, and fish-oil supplements, caffeine (in moderation), and hot spices like cayenne. Also, be mindful of the quick-fix cures. If you could take a pill to be skinny, the American obesity rate wouldn’t be 35%.

Please see my website for more information at food labels or my blog at dangerous food additives

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