Weight Loss -5 Tips to Rev Up Your Metabolism
People who have a fast metabolic rate are able to burn more calories throughout the day than those with a slow metabolic rate. This means that people with a slower metabolism have more difficulties when it comes to losing or even maintaining weight. If you think your metabolism has slowed, it is time to make some changes, not only in the way you eat but when it comes to physical activity as well. The faster your metabolism, the more quickly you lose excess weight as your body burns more calories. Here are the tips that will, if you stick to them, surely rev up your metabolism.
1. Water, water, water!
Not drinking enough water leads to a slowed metabolic rate. You sometimes don’t even realize that you’re dehydrated until it becomes serious. Hydration is not only important for your metabolism, but for all your bodily functions and flushing out toxins from your body, as well as lubrication your joints. In order to avoid dehydration and make sure that you’re taking in enough water, keep a bottle or a big glass of water near you at all times, to remind you to drink. Try to drink a big glass of water before every meal, right after waking up and before you go to bed, as well as whenever you think you might be thirsty. Sometimes when we feel hunger, it’s just dehydration talking. And then, when you drink some water, you realize you weren’t even hungry. However, hydrating with anything is not a really good idea. Drinking highly caloric drinks such as coffee with cream, soda and juices will hydrate you, but will also cause a high caloric intake, so you won’t be as successful at losing weight. Make water your favorite beverage, drink it regularly and you’ll see progress soon.
2. Eat more protein
Almost all nutritionist suggest that for increasing your metabolism and losing weight, you should cut down on starchy carbohydrates and unhealthy processed fats, while boosting your protein intake. If you want to lose fat, and not muscle, you should eat around one gram of protein per pound of your body mass, in order to preserve muscle and have high energy levels throughout the day.
As your body needs to use more energy to break down proteins than carbohydrates and fats, it also burns more calories and leads to a more effective weight loss. Also, proteins keep you full for longer than other nutrients, so you’ll not be constantly hungry.
3. Coffee and green tea are your friends
A cup of black coffee at the start of your day instantly boosts your metabolic rate. Besides helping you wake up, caffeine from these beverages ‘wakes up’ your metabolism as well. When it comes to green tea, it contains less caffeine than coffee, but it contains catechins which can help you increase your metabolism lose weight. Of course, coffee and green tea will not help you lose weight if you’re constantly eating junk foods. But if you find yourself eating properly and the weight doesn’t seem to be coming off, green tea and coffee can help by giving your metabolism a boost. Also, when drinking these hot beverages, avoid adding anything into them. This means no sugar, and no milk (or as little as possible).
Exercise is not only important for weight loss, but for achieving the maximum body potential and maintain good health for a long time. WBFF Ashley Hoffmann recommends a combination of weight and cardio training. You may be surprised that weight training is good for revving up your metabolism, but the fact is that with strength training you build muscle and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. This also means that when your weight loss process begins, assuming that you’re eating properly, you will be losing fat, and not muscle. When it comes to cardio, it shouldn’t last for more than 25 minutes, and high interval training is your best option. Cardio training will get you moving, get your heart pumping and surely increase your metabolism.
5. Stress less
When we stress, our bodies produce stress hormones which prevent us from losing weight, and can even lead to weight gain. Besides, stress can interfere with many bodily functions and be an important factor in developing diseases. Find a way to relax and try to have as little stress in your life as possible.