What You Need To Do Every Day To Activate Your Metabolism
Whenever we struggle to either lose or gain weight, very often we tend to blame our slow metabolism and use it as an excuse. But let’s be honest, there are no magic tricks that can guarantee a boost in your metabolism or the loss of your belly fat.
But what is metabolism? Metabolism is the way our body converts food into energy. It sounds like a simple process, but it is essentially complex and it depends on many factors such as your age, weight and gender.
Here are some simple things you can do every day to keep your metabolism active, which will result in the ability to burn a lot of calories. Also, I will mention the things you should avoid, so that your metabolism rate stays high!
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is a sure way to keep your metabolism active. But the key is the frequency of training.
Choose a sports activity that satisfies you and suits your temperament and the goals you have set.
– Drink green tea.
Here is some good news for tea lovers. A cup of hot green tea can offer some benefits that increase metabolism due to the antioxidants it contains, the so-called catechins. A March 2013 study published in Advances in Nutrition found that green tea extract can have a positive effect on fat metabolism.
– Prefer spicy foods.
Spicy foods can activate and speed up your metabolism. Research has shown that they can increase your metabolic rate by 8% and all this is due to the substance capsaicin that is contained mainly in chilly peppers.
– Drink coffee.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that temporarily increases your heart rate, thus increasing the calorie burning.
To make the most of its metabolism-boosting action, try drinking coffee before your sports activity, which will also give you extra energy for it
– Choose organic food products.
Although buying organic food is more expensive, it is worth it if you are trying to boost your metabolism.
More and more research is linking chemicals to our environment – such as pollutants and pesticides – leading to weight gain. Scientists have documented research which proves that environmental pollutants can disrupt metabolic functions and contribute to obesity.
– Get enough good sleep
A bad night’s sleep can do more harm than good to you, and it can slow down your metabolism. A September 2019 study published in the Journal of Lipid Research found that lack of sleep, defined by no more than five hours of sleep a night, makes you feel worse than a fatty meal does.
What can you do about it? Take a nap in the middle of the day for 30 minutes, which can undo the bad health effects after a bad night’s sleep and also relieve stress and boost your immune system.
– Stay hydrated.
Water is the best way to keep your body healthy and functional. In fact, when you are dehydrated, your metabolism slows down and your body burns 2% less calories, according to the American Exercise Council (ACE).
But how much water do you need to boost your metabolism? ACE recommends 2-3 litres of cold water per day. Cold water can temporarily boost your metabolism by burning more calories, as your body must first use energy to heat up the temperature of the water entering the system before it can be properly hydrated.
Things you should never do.
Some ways to increase your metabolism may be considered a good idea in theory, but in practice they can actually hinder your efforts to increase your metabolism and lose weight. Here’s what not to do if you want to keep your metabolism active.
– Skip breakfast:
Skipping breakfast can sabotage your weight loss goal and confuse your metabolism. It has also been significantly associated with a higher risk of obesity.
This is due to the fact that breakfast wakes up your metabolism and speeds up your digestion, so it is recommended to choose a breakfast rich in lean protein and high in fiber.
– Yo-Yo Diets:
If you choose extreme diets and your weight goes up and down like an elevator you do more harm than good to your body and your metabolism. Diets that shock your body through excess are not only dangerous to your health but over time can make it harder for you to lose weight and actually lead you to gain weight.
– Dramatically reduce calorie intake:
Reducing calories is essential for weight loss, but when you restrict yourself too much, your efforts can be reversed. When you drastically reduce your calorie intake, your metabolism slows down as a safety valve, in order to ensure that your body gets enough calories for essential energy functions!
All the tips I mentioned above about what you should and should not do in your daily life not only have an impact on the activation of your metabolism but also on your overall physical and psychological health. They are things that will help you have quality in your life!
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Sport&fitness Nutritionist Life Coach
Author “The well-being bible”