Boosting metabolism is beneficial for the weight loss process.But…
What is Metabolism?
Your metabolism is the amount of energy in calories that your body burns in order to maintain its weight. Whether you’re sleeping, running, sitting, standing riding in a car or eating a bowl of chocolate fudge ice cream, your body is constantly burning calories in order to keep you going.
Think of it as a fire within you, burning your fat and foodaway. No, sorry but you won’t burn enough calories chewing your chocolate fudge ice cream to cancel out the calories you just took in by eating that bowl of ice cream. It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn’t.
It’s a sad but true fact of life that as we age our metabolism slows down. It doesn’t stop (although at times we might feel as though it has) but it does change.
The reason for this is because we have more lean muscle mass at 20 than we do at 70, and lean muscle mass is what helps burn calories. Some people have higher metabolisms than others and are able to burn off the calories they eat and never gain an ounce.
Increasing metabolism in order to burn more calories and be able to lose weight?
Evidence suggests that there are a number of ways to help maximize our metabolism in order to more efficiently consume the food we eat, whether we’re walking, reading or even sleeping. Boosting your metabolic rate is possible .
For raising your metabolism, the very best thing you can do is to start moving your body. Some exercise is good for building muscle and some is good for just plain sweating and giving you a good cardio workout. While aerobic exercises like running, jogging, playing tennis or riding a bike will help you tone your body and maintain your weight, they don’t do a whole lot to increase your muscle mass,which is what you need to do in order to boost your metabolism. Weight training and strength training help build muscle tissuend this is a good thing.
As you increase your muscle mass, and decrease your fat stores, your metabolism speeds up. It burns more of what you eat. Your body will require more calories to maintain itself, so if you muscle mass, through weight training and strength training, and consume a lower calorie amount, you will lose weight.
Speed up your metabolism through exercise is just one way to light up those calorie burning fires within you.
How to boost your metabolism
You have to eat in order to keep your metabolism running in an optimal manner. Are you skipping breakfast in order to cut back on calories and lose weight? Remember that not eating sends your body into survival mode.It believes you are starving and so slows down it’s metabolism in order to conserve its stores. Let’s say you’ve been asleep for 8 hours. You didn’t have anything to eat for two to three or more hours before you went to bed last night.
Now your body has been without food for about 11 or 12 hours. If you skip breakfast, you’re adding more time and your body is starting to whimper and wonder where its fuel is and if it’s ever going to come and should it start conserving now because
starvation is just around the corner?
Eat small meals and eat them often during the day.
Research has shown that breaking down the traditional three meals a day into six smaller meals, spaced evenly throughout the day will help boosting metabolism.
Break down your meals into six smaller and HEALTHIER meals during the day.Lower your caloric intake in a healthy manner.Also, avoid white in your diet. Simple sugars, rice and refined flour are all absorbed quickly by your body and are turned into fat stores. Eat more complex carbohydrates.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water flushes out all the toxins that are set free when you’re losing weight. If you are dehydrated, your metabolism slows down. Try drinking very cold water:our body has to remain warm and it will boost your metabolism a bit each time it has to warm up after your glass of ice water.
Speaking of heat, add a bit of spice to your life and your food. Studies have shown that eating spicy foods, those with cayenne pepper, or jalapeños or chili peppers will give a boost to your metabolism as well.
Research has shown that if you get enough sleep at night, up to 8 hours or more (if you need more)it will keep you from gaining weight. People who do not get enough rest are more prone to gaining weight. So get some rest. While you’re resting, you’re avoiding stress. Stress is known to increase your chances of gaining weight. Stress releases a steroid called cortisol which de
presses your metabolism, thereby encouraging your little soldiers to conserve calories as fat. Avoid stress at all costs.
Increasing your metabolism means not starving yourself, it means getting out there and putting on some lean muscle mass, eating small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level and it even means avoiding stress.
Getting your internal fire burning will help you lose weight and feel better about yourself.