10 Ways to boost your metabolism
Posted on December 27 2017
I bet you have often heard trainers at your gym mention that you have a slow or a fast metabolic rate. What does this mean? What is metabolism and is it linked to weight? How can we boost it?
Simply put metabolism is nothing but the body's ability to convert what we eat and drink into energy. It is a series of physical and chemical processes that occur in the body which keep us functioning normally in order to stay alive.
The metabolic rate, on the other hand, is nothing but a measure of how many calories you burn while you're doing nothing. Different factors influence your metabolic rate. Typically, genetic makeup, age, sex, diet, growth, temperature, medications etc are just some factors that can determine your BMR(Basal Metabolic Rate)
You can calculate your BMR (online calculators) and use it to determine the number of calories you need. So, if you are looking to lose fat, eat fewer calories than your body needs to function!
Let's look at 10 ways to boost your BMR.
- Eat breakfast.
Studies show breakfast eaters lose more weight than breakfast skippers! Aim at including fibre-rich foods like Oats, Seeds (flax, chia, pumpkin) Nuts (almonds, walnuts) Fruits (apples, pears) Dates
- Work on building those muscles
Start exercising today. Get the dumbbells out and rev up those muscles. Some of the most effective dumbbell exercises to try are the Bench press, Bicep curls, Lateral raise, Shoulder press, Toe raise etc.
- Eat three square meals a day
Try adding one or the other of calorie burning foods in every meal of the day. Foods that require more work to eat can increase your calorie burn about 30%. Some good examples are foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean cuts of meat.
- Cut down on booze
While drinking in moderation is advisable, consumption of too much alcohol can slow down your metabolic rate drastically. Research says boozing can decrease the body’s fat-burning ability by up to 73 percent!
- Dark chocolate & Cheese
Two definite things to add to your diet in moderation is dark chocolate and cheese! Why? It is proven to regularise your metabolism!
- Drink Tea/Coffee
Now we have all heard of the effectiveness of green tea, but did you know a cup of black coffee can be a great pre-workout beverage? A great metabolic booster to try
- Try HIIT
High-intensity interval training body workouts help the body continue to burn calories even after your workout is over.
- Sound sleep
Nothing boosts your metabolism better than 7- 9 hours of sleep at night.
- Stand more
If you stand for just three hours of your day, in one year you’d expend more than 30,000 extra calories!
- Drink more water
Stick to the 8 glass a day rule and see what wonders it does for your weight and skin.
And while you are making it your new year resolution to try all the 10 instances to boost your metabolism don't forget to shop for some trendy sports and activewear to keep it stylish while working out