metabolism

    5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM

    5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    The topic of metabolism is easy enough to understand but the function remains super important. In this blog cover the basics and how a few simple activities can boost your metabolism.

    What is metabolism?
    Metabolism is the process our body uses to convert the fuel in the food we eat into the energy our body needs to power literally everything we do. Metabolism can be broken down into 2 processes referred to as Catabolism and Anabolism; which are the breakdown and buildup of substances in the body. During Catabolism molecules are broken down into smaller ones, releasing energy. An example of this process would be the digestion of protein which is then broken down into amino acids the liver can store as energy. Anabolism is the assembly of smaller molecules into larger ones.

    Our body is made up of living organisms and cells that need energy to grow, maintain cellular structures and maintain operational processes; unfortunately the rate at which our body metabolizes energy affects this process and our day-to-day body and brain function. Things like hormone production, age, gender, genetics, stress and overall health play their part as well; and while some of these things you can’t control — some you can.

    A healthy lifestyle and maintaining healthy daily habits are crucial for your metabolism. Many people slow their metabolism without even realizing it. Here are a few bad habits to look out for and 5 ways to boost your metabolism.

    Exercise
    Exercise will become more and more important as we get older. The body naturally loses muscle mass with age, which slows down the metabolism. Working out has the ability to slow that slide. It is quite simple, you need to challenge all your muscles more often in the following ways:
    + Increase the intensity of your current workout. More intensity will boost your metabolism and increase your calorie burning capacity. Interval training along side any type of cardio exercise is very helpful in increasing metabolism. The idea is to switch back and forth between lower and higher intensity.
    + Lifting weights and increasing your muscle mass is also very helpful because muscles burn more calories than fat. This does not only help your muscles and your metabolism but your heart, bones and even mood!

    TIP. Even if you spent an hour at the gym today, spending the rest of the day sitting or slouching isn’t doing your body any favors. Move around when you can. If you have a desk job, stand up to stretch your legs each half hour, and/or take frequent breaks to walk around.

    Cardio — too much of the same steady-state exercise can lead to a depressed metabolism. If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau with your workout routine, switch it out for something new that will stimulate your body… and here’s a reminder on a few other simple tips.

    Eat breakfast everyday! Our metabolism slows down significantly when we sleep so if we start our day without eating our metabolism continues at a lower rate but be sure to avoid sugary breakfasts. Breaking fast with sweets can result in unstable blood sugar levels and erratic energy levels.

    Stop counting calories! Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full — don’t worry about the calories. A reduced or insufficient calorie intake will force the body to conserve calories rather than burn them effectively halting the metabolic process and preparing you for starvation mode.

    Get restful sleep. Metabolism is not a fan of stress, burnouts, exhaustion or fatigue. All of these lead to a lower metabolism. So if you want to keep the body moving — get restful sleep.

    Hydrate! Hydration is absolutely associated with slow metabolic states. Up your water intake if you’re slacking to at least 8 glasses of fresh water daily — especially during summer months. Don’t forget the water in fruits, juices, your coffee and tea counts!

    Common symptoms of a slow metabolism include:
    + Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
    + Chronic fatigue
    + Cracked or dry skin
    + Hair loss
    + General weakness in the body or feelings of stiffness or flexibility
    + Constant sugar cravings
    + Headaches
    + Difficulty concentrating

    Incorporating these simple lifestyle changes into your routine can increase your metabolism and give you more energy. SHOP the 15 ENERGIZING WORKOUT SNACKS + SMOOTHIE RECIPES eBook for bonus mood boosting recipes!

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