When you carry out a root cause analysis of weight loss, you will stumble upon your rate of metabolism along the path, more often than not. The ability of your body to convert food into energy for day to day tasks is broadly a factor of age, body composition, genetics, gender, and what you eat. A faster metabolism means a fitter you. This, in the longer run, translates to low cost of medical bills. Your health insurance company might cover you against most diseases and your employer may urge you to adopt a healthy lifestyle example - GM diet. Eventually, your health is your responsibility.
Improving metabolism through food
- Your body is just like you. Works hard in the morning, and wants rest at night. To keep your body going, have high nutrient meals spread across the day. It’s better to have 5 small to medium sized meals than 3 large meals. This way, your body will not hibernate and slow the process of metabolism whenever it doesn’t get food
- Your breakfast is essentially the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. Even if you are in a hurry, grab a yogurt smoothie and breakfast bar before you leave
- Increase your protein intake. Protein (especially plant base) requires more energy to burn than fats and carbohydrates and, hence, improves your metabolism
- Unsweetened green tea an hour after lunch and dinner can also help improve your metabolism in the short-term. Making this a habit can benefit in the longer run
Improving metabolism through exercise
- According to WebMD, every kilo of muscle uses more than 10 calories just to sustain. Compare this with a kilo fat, which uses close to 4 calories only. Therefore, it’s important that you work on strength training along with your cardio schedule to increase your rate of metabolism
- Aerobic exercise improves your resting metabolism rate (your rate of metabolism metabolism when you’re not engaged in physical activities – includes activities such as sleeping, sitting etc.)
- Increase your water intake. Your metabolism slows down even if you’re mildly dehydrated
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