Metabolism describes all the chemical processes taking place in the body to produce energy. The energy produced from these chemical processes provides the fuel for the proper functioning of your cells and organs.
Different factors like your age, body size and gender play a role in the speed of your metabolism. People who have more muscle than fat tend to have faster metabolism. It also depends on your genes. As you grow older, you will tend to lose muscle and gain fat. This explains why your metabolism may be slowing down with age.
A slow metabolism means calories are not rapidly burned. This can increase your chances of packing those pounds, especially when you are consuming more calories in your diet. Here are 4 ways you can boost your metabolism and enhance your slimming treatment.
1. Perform high-intensity workouts
Incorporate some high-intensity moves to your workout to help boost your metabolism. Studies have shown that interval training and cardio can be done twice a week to help you lose twice as much weight, as compared to people who only do regular cardio workout. You can easily insert interval training, such as adding a 30-second sprint into your jog every 10 minutes. With a more intense workout, your body works harder and burns more calories.
2. Get enough sleep at night
The lack of sleep can actually have an impact on your metabolism. Inadequate sleep can predispose an individual to obesity, poor blood sugar control, and insulin resistance. When you are feeling exhausted, your body will lack the energy to carry out its day-to-day functions, thus your metabolism is automatically reduced.
Your body’s ability to process insulin will also be affected – a hormone that’s essential in converting sugar and starches into energy. When this happens, your body has trouble processing fats from the bloodstream, so these fats will be stored instead which contributes to weight gain. Pay attention to how you can achieve a good night’s sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual, such as taking a warm bath and meditating, to help you ease into sleeping.
3. Eat more often
This will depend on what you consume. The idea is that when you eat large meals in long hours in between, your metabolism will slow down between meals. However, if you have a small meal or a healthy snack every 3 to 4 hours, this will help your metabolism going so your body can burn more calories throughout the day. People who snack regularly will also be eating less during mealtime, so you can stay on top of your weight loss without starving yourself. Some of these healthy snacks include mixed nuts, kale chips, hard-boiled eggs, edamame, and sun-dried tomatoes.
4. Drink enough water
We already know how vital water is for our body and skin, but it is also a necessity for your metabolism. In a study that involved overweight women aged between 18 and 23, it was found that adding 1.5 liters to the daily required water consumption can reduce the body mass index by reducing the average weight of an individual. Staying hydrated can help the body to process calories and boost your metabolism. Make it a habit to drink a glass of water before every meal or snack. You can also consume fresh fruits and vegetables which naturally have water content, instead of potato chips.
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