Many people pose the question, “how do you increase metabolism naturally”? Let’s get into what “metabolism” actually is first. Metabolism is the rate at which your body transforms fat, calories, proteins and other nutrients into fuel which can effectively be burned, used and eliminated. Therefore, in order to have sufficient levels of energy to do what is needed throughout the day and to lose weight which is accumulated in fat stores around the waste and in other areas of the body, you need to burn more calories than are consumed. This is the bottom line of weight loss.
If you are putting on the pounds then your metabolism is not high enough to convert all the calories you’re eating into energy. In order to remedy this, you have to increase your metabolism and create a greater demand for the converted energy.
Methods for Increasing Metabolism
There are some very practical ways in which you can jump start and rev up your metabolism. Here are some of the best.
Don’t Skip Breakfast –
A common dieting mistake is to skip breakfast. This is actually the most important meal of the day which sets the mood for your body to perform. You are coming off of a long sleep period where your body hasn’t been nourished and if you bypass breakfast, you could send you body into a “hoarding mode”. Such a mode causes a reduction in metabolism so your body will save nutrients and energy which actually works against weight loss and energy production. The same happens when you “starve” your body by eating less than 1,000 calories per day.
Eat Frequent, Small Meals –
Metabolism is raised by eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. The traditional 3 big meal philosophy which we are accustomed to actually makes our metabolism sluggish because large meals overwhelm our system and then we have to wait long hours before the next meal so the body tends to store energy. By eating smaller meals frequently, the body only receives enough fuel to carry it short distances when it is then refueled to continue. This creates a steady metabolism rate which is prompted to constantly burn energy, thus decreasing fat stores.
Drink Sufficient Amounts of Water –
Water is the main element which keeps all systems running efficiently. The same goes for metabolism. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will ensure that nutrients get to cells, communication gets to nerves and the fat burning furnaces stay at full throttle.
Get Plenty of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise –
Aerobic exercise and resistance training which get the heart beating consistently for extended periods will not only burn a great deal of calories during the sessions, but will also increase your metabolism to where it will burn calories for up to 12 hours after the workout. Also, muscle burns more energy than any other body tissue. Therefore, the more muscle mass you acquire, the more fat and calories your body will burn.
Sessions of both aerobic exercise and weight training should occur at least 2 or 3 times per week and should last between 30 and 60 minutes for maximum results in raising metabolism. Strength training should be done via supersets or circuit training in order to elevate the heart rate sufficiently for maximum benefit.
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