It’s kind of like the holy grail of the diet world; The Quest for a High Metabolism. And although it is a journey of sorts and it takes time and effort to get your metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn calories while at rest) high enough so that it’s burning calories as fast as we can take them in, here are 3 simple things you can start doing today to begin revving it up.
What it really comes down to is (1) what you eat (2) when you eat and (3) the types of exercise you engage in to get rid of it. To begin with, what you eat and drink are major contributors to the rate that your body burns calories, no big surprise there right? The interesting part is that foods which are high in fiber and protein are better at increasing your metabolic rate then simple carbohydrates. It makes sense then to add more lean meat, green veggies, and fruit like apples and grapefruits to your daily food intake.
Spices like Cinnamon and hot peppers have been proven to have a great effect on metabolism as well. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water (most of us don’t and our body can’t do anything right when it’s dehydrated). Green tea and other herbal teas like Oolong and Yerba Mate are great too.
Now about when to drink and eat, the 3 meals per day idea that most of us are accustomed to doesn’t just add up anymore if your looking to lose weight or increase your metabolism. Try to eat smaller portions of food more times throughout the day. Skipping breakfast (or any meal for that matter) is never a good idea and try to eat ever 2 to 3 hours each day. If you are stuck on the whole 3 times a day I need to eat thing, then try to eat smaller portions of those meals and try to snack between meals throughout the day as long as those snacks are the good ones discussed earlier.
Try your best not to eat your last large meal after 7 PM, this will allow your body extra time to break down the foods before you go to bed and it will also allow your metabolism to work on the excess fat’s. Drinking water while eating is common today but you should strive to limit how much you drink while you eat, this is because your body slows the processing of food down when their is a large amount of water keeping the food floating in your stomach.
Last but not least is what you can do to help your body to process and burn calories faster, basically what is being referred to here is exercise. No matter what type of physical activity you do, it will help to increase your metabolic rate and move you closer to reaching your goals but building muscle mass helps out even more. Adding in a little weight training to your workout routines each week will have a massive positive effect on the efficiency in the long-term effectiveness of increasing your normal caloric burn.
The reason for this is that muscle burns off more calories than fat does, at about a rate of 17 times more. Therefore the more muscle you have the greater amount of calories your body will be burning to keep you energized every day. You may rationalize though that an aerobic exercise burns more calories during the workout itself which is true, however in the time that follows an exercise weight training does more to keep your metabolism moving faster.
These suggestions and tips are not really hard things to do. The truth of the matter is that you’re doing them already, you just might have to tweak some of the ways that you are doing them. Make sure and eat good food, eat frequently, and try to stay active and continuing your workout routines while incorporating weight training that will allow your bodies little engine to rev higher and help you get thin.
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