Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
When we think about boosting metabolism, most of us think about weight loss. Well, the truth is, an active metabolism does more than just keep you thin, it keeps you healthy. Your metabolism encompasses all the chemical reactions that take place in your body and having a strong one can lead to a healthy immune system, lower rates of infectious and degenerative diseases, fertility and a healthy sex drive, lean muscle mass, more energy, improved brain functionality, longevity and more. Keeping that in mind, here are some great ways for you to boost your metabolism.
Stop Dieting: Often when we diet, we become moody, tired and even sick. This is the body’s way of reacting to too little food and too much exercise and when this happens, the body goes into ‘starvation mode’ slowing down your fat burning abilities and muscle growth. It is recommended that people who want to stay healthy avoid yo-yo dieting and instead focus on eating foods that are high in nutrients.
Get Plenty of Rest: A lack of sleep can also slow down your metabolism. Your body will work to conserve energy when its tired and fatigued which means the it will store more fat. That’s why it’s important to try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. This will also help improve brain functionality.
Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): While too much exercise can be a bad thing, the right amount can keep your metabolism balanced, especially if you continue with a regular exercise regimen as you get older. If you do exercise, High Intensity Interval Training is recommended. In this type of exercise, the activity varies from periods of all out effort and short periods of rest. These quick bursts of intense exercise can jumpstart metabolic functioning and help the body to continue to burn calories after the workout is over.
Lift Weights: Lifting weights is another great form of exercise that builds lean muscle mass which naturally uses more calories than body fat. Increased muscle will increase the amount of metabolic work your body needs to do daily to keep you going since muscle is more active than fat. CrossFit workouts and using dumbells are both great ways to build muscle.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods: There are certain foods that slow down the digestive process and also increase free radical damage which contributes to the aging process. Some of these foods might seem like healthy choices, but they are not. They include:
- Sugary drinks
- Processed foods made with grains and contain gluten. These include wheat products like bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars.
- Refined vegetable oils
- Artificial sweeteners and ingredients
- Low quality dairy and animal products including ones that are non grass-fed, pasture- raised raw and organic
Eat Metabolism Boosting Foods: In the same way that you want to avoid foods that slow down metabolism, there are also many foods that should be ingested to allow the body to expend energy better. These are fat burning foods that have a warming effect on the body that help it to burn calories. They include:
- Protein rich foods including wild-caught fish, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef and raw dairy products
- Green tea
- Spices like cayenne pepper, chili, cinnamon, pepper and ginger
- Apple cider vinegar
- Natural forms of caffeine like coffee and tea (advised to drink in moderation)
There are many symptoms that you may be experiencing that are signs your metabolism might need a boost. These include fatigue, feeling cold, thinning hair, cracked skin, low libido, irregular periods, trouble sleeping, brittle nails, constipation, bloating, mood disorders, struggling to lose weight, excessive thirst and more. If you are experiencing these symptoms for reasons you can not identify, you might want to look at your diet and exercise routine to see if your metabolism might be the culprit. A healthy metabolism can make all the difference in making for a happier healthier you. Look into your options for improving your health in the coming year.
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit