Boost your Metabolism!

You hear it all the time - "metabolism", but what is? The process of converting food into energy (movement and heat). Metabolism happens in the muscles and organs, and the result is what is commonly referred to as "burning calories". Metabolism is essentially the speed at which your body's engine is running. 

"Basal metabolism" is the metabolic rate or caloric expenditure needed to maintain basal body functions such as heartbeat, breathing, muscle tone, etc. It is the speed of your "motor" is running when you are still in a reclined position or sleeping. Basal metabolism accounts 75% of calories expended daily!. 

The good news is that there are 12 ways you can "improve" your metabolism! The more of these you are able to incorporate into your life, the more you boost your metabolism. That means you'll spend ("burning") more calories 24 hours a day!. 

Always eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast sends the message to your body that you're dying of hunger because they have not had food in 18 hours or more. As a protective mechanism, your metabolism slows down. Food, especially complex carbohydrates, fuels your metabolism. 
Eat earlier in the day! Research has shown that you can lose weight simply by eating a hearty breakfast and lunch, and a light dinner. Dinner should be eaten as soon as possible, preferably at least four hours before bedtime. 
Never eat less than 1200 calories per day! Less than 1200 is usually not enough to keep your metabolic rate and therefore lower your metabolism. 
Snack often! Complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and grains) fuel your metabolism. Also, snacking prevents it from being too hungry. Hunger is, the less control you have over what and how much. 
Eat more carbohydrates (plant foods), and (many animal foods and other foods with fat) less fat! Carbohydrates boost your metabolism and have fewer calories than fat by weight. 
Do some type of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, swimming, stationary cycling, aerobic dance, etc.) on a daily basis (preferably in the morning)! Forget this twice a week. Our bodies were designed to be active on a daily basis! When we are, our metabolism soars! 
In addition to regular aerobic exercise, take a brisk walk for 10 to 15 minute walk at lunch or at night. This serves to increase your metabolism even more! 
Tone your muscles with weights three days a week. Toned muscles send your metabolism through the roof. Do it! 
Look for opportunities to be active. Park as far as you can store instead of looking for the closest parking. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, a broom instead of a blower, etc. Look for the "hard" way of doing things! 
Avoid alcohol! Alcohol depresses your metabolism and stimulates appetite. 
Drink 60 ounces of water a day. Your metabolism needs plenty of water to function properly. Bring a water bottle and drink frequently throughout the day. 
Avoid the "3 P "..... pills, powders and potions! There are no quick fixes! 

Start today! You'll feel better and your metabolism will be in "good shape"!


Phil Hudson said...

Thanks for the post. I also read in several places that drinking a bottle of cold water within 30 minutes of waking up boosts your metabolism. Any thoughts there? I recently started the HCG diet at and it seems to be working well but I want to make sure that I am doing all I can. Thanks again for your post and I look forward to any other insights you might have.

Post a Comment

Copyright © Weight Loss Portal
Theme by BloggerThemes & NewWPThemes | Supported by Dfreebies