You often hear gym instructors and dieticians emphasising on the relevance of increasing metabolism. But what is metabolism? How does it affect you? What are the benefits of improving it, and how? Metabolism is the rate at which the food is processed in your body and converted into energy. Being closely connected with weight loss, this word is gaining popularity. Speedier the metabolism, the more efficiently your body will burn calories. Below mentioned are the four unique ways to improve your metabolism. All the dieting aspirants, this is for you!
For a start-up, say no to junk food, completely. Switch to a balanced diet that is rich in lean proteins, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Your body needs to burn more calories to digest foods that are rich in protein, while fibre and omega-3 help in the metabolic activities to work more efficiently. You must eat right, yes, but must also have right sized meal at right intervals. It is advised you have a small meal every 3-4 hours. By ‘small meal’, we mean healthy, light snacking thrice a day between your three full meals.
Laugh, A Lot!
Wondering if laughing can help in speeding up your metabolism? According to a study conducted by International Journal of Obesity, your body burns 10-20% more calories while laughing. And that equates to 10 to 40 calories burnt with just 10 to 15 minutes of genuine laughter. So don’t shy away from that incredible guffaw – it’s not only an expression of a certain emotion but a metabolism enhancer, too!
Increase Your Water Intake
A study conducted by Berlin's Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Centre suggests that drinking 500ml of water can boost your metabolism by 30%. The study opines that drinking cold water can add up to the result, and you can burn more calories. So, the golden rule is to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to speed-up your metabolism.
Have a Sip of Black Coffee and Oolong Tea
This is great news for all tea and coffee lovers! Caffeine content in black coffee is a great booster for metabolism. Post-workout coffee helps the muscles restore the energy levels exhausted while exercising.
While both, green tea and Oolong tea are beneficial in boosting metabolism, Oolong tea displayed better results than green tea. In a study published in the Journal of Medicine Investigation, it was concluded that Oolong tea increased the metabolic rate 10% more than green tea. The teas will let your body burn 17% more calories while exercising. Now you know the benefits of your cuppa, but beware! They are as beneficial only in moderation.
These minor lifestyle changes would not only ensure an increased metabolism, but would also enhance your chances of claiming better health insurance for you and your family since insurance companies provide higher premium options for healthier individuals. Go, get healthier and better insured!
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