November 10, 2011

5 Ways to Boost Metabolism

Filed under: metabolism — Tags: , , , , — drwatson @ 9:37 pm

The importance of one’s metabolism in weight loss and overall quality of health has become a popular topic.  Metabolism is the chemical reactions that occur in the human body in order to maintain life, reproduce, respond to their environment and grow. Metabolism is represented by the amount of energy one’s body burns to accomplish the mentioned chemical reactions. Once the human body has used the amount of energy to continue with their basic daily activities, such as eating and working, the body stores the excess calories in the form of fat cells. Metabolism varies between people because everyone has different genes. Some people have a high metabolism, which keeps them naturally skinny; others have a low metabolism making them more susceptible to gaining weight. However, everyone has the ability to influence their metabolism though their lifestyle and diet. Here are five ways to boost metabolism.

  1. Exercise – Exercise is the most important and effective way to increase metabolism. Exercise burns calories and acts as a catalyst for the chemical reactions. Exercise creates more work for your body, so your metabolism is forced to pick up. The effects of exercise are infinitely great, improving overall quality of life. Putting on muscle and increasing your heart rates creates a higher overall quality of life.
  2. First meal – The saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is true! Breakfasts increase one’s metabolism by 10%. Eating breakfast signals to the body that it is time to start the metabolic rate for the day after being in a slumber through the night.
  3. Dealing with stress – Stress is unavoidable, but how one deals with it is in their own control. Stress affects virtually every aspect of one’s life, even metabolism. The higher the stress level, the more out of control the metabolism gets.
  4. Water – The saying, “drink 8-10 glasses of water a day” is true! Water will speed up one’s metabolic rate. Drinking water also good for weight loss trick because it tricks the body into thinking it’s full.
  5. Calories – The intake of calories, followed by the elimination of calories, is the weight loss equation which plays a role in metabolism.  Controlling diet is the best way to affect metabolism.  Try eating small meals throughout the day so that your body is in a burning mode all the time. Also avoid eating late at night, especially before bed.

January 28, 2010

Ways to boost your Metabolism

Your metabolism can help you burn more fat while you’re working out and will help you meet your weight loss goals. However, many people don’t understand that certain activities can help increase your body’s metabolic rate while others can actually hurt your metabolism.

Top Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Exercise – Cardiovascular training is one of the most effective ways of increasing your metabolism. Make sure you incorporate weightlifting into your regular routine. Weightlifting will help build muscle which increases your body’s metabolic rate significantly more than fat.

Balanced diet – Eating a balanced diet is a great way to boost your metabolic rate and stay healthy. Food is also the fuel for your body. If you want to run like a top, high end vehicle, only put the best food in you.

Sleep – Sleep is just as important as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Your body uses sleep as a time to repair itself. Without proper sleep, your body won’t have the time to fix itself and your metabolism will suffer. 8 hours of sleep every night is recommended.

Things That Will Harm Your Metabolism

Not drinking enough water – Water is the most important thing that many of us forget to drink. These days it’s all about soft drinks and coffee (even I can’t resist the great taste of coffee). However, the sugars and caffeine in these drinks are not good for your body if you drink too much. On average we should be drinking 8-10 cups of water a day.

Aging – Aging is one thing none of us can really stop. Your metabolic rate will decrease naturally as you age starting around the 40’s.

Too many sugars and other simple or refined carbs – Eating too many refined sugars and carbohydrates can really do some damage to your metabolism. Along with doing major damage to your metabolic rate, too many sugars and carbs can lead to severe health problems like diabetes.

No exercise or inadequate recovery time – Try to make sure you can always get in some sort of exercise on a regular basis. Even using a resistance band in the kitchen while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking is better than sitting and watching television. However, make sure you don’t over train yourself. If you don’t take the time to rest and recover you can injure your body and you will actually decrease your exercising effectiveness due to the inability to train at the highest level possible.

Stress – Stress is the biggest factor that affects your metabolism. Stress can damage everything you have worked so hard to build up, from strong bones to muscle mass. Additionally stress also promotes many habits that are damaging to your metabolism, such as overeating.

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