Metabolism is the sum of all the chemical processes that occur in every cell of our body that change food into energy and it has 2 main purposes in your body: converting food to energy and eliminating wastes.
Each person’s metabolism is different in terms of speed and effectiveness because it depends on o a variety of factors, including age, sex, body fat, muscle mass, activity level and genetics.
Many people struggle to meet their fitness and weight-management goals but changing some of these factors and making better lifestyle choices can help the effectiveness of your metabolism, which will, in turn, help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Here are a few secrets to shifting your metabolism into high gear:
It may sound impossible with our daily crazy routines, but you can work out every day. Don't be afraid to exercise more than once a day, you can try breaking up a 60 minutes workout into two 30 minutes or even three 20 minutes sessions, and it may help you to burn more fat.
You can stimulate your metabolism with cardio exercises like running, swimming and walking, which help you to burn calories and in some cases even suppress your appetite post-workout. You might want to keep in mind that with cardio exercises, your calories burn last as long as your workout.
Amazingly, our body constantly burns calories, even when you're doing nothing and the count is higher in people with more muscle, so you should also consider weight training.
This type of workout tones your muscles and boots lean tissue mass (total Weight – Fat Mass) which burns more calories per pound of fat so the more lean tissue you have, the more calories you burn daily.
Your body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four.
You can also drink a glass of water before every meal or snack.
Eat all day
Before you begin trying to repair and build your metabolism, you have to find a starting point. If you aren’t already, you should be tracking your calories. Calorie tracking gives you feedback on what your body needs in terms of gaining and losing weight.
Remember, it isn't just about quantity but quality. While spreading your meals throughout the day might keep you from getting too hungry and overeating. You also need to look for healthy snacks and a high protein diet.
Protein is a significant source of energy when it comes to increasing your metabolism because it takes the most amount of energy and the longest to burn.
Get a full knight's sleep
The number of zzz’s you catch can have a big effect on your waistline. A new study adds to the mounting evidence about just how harmful lack of sleep can be.
Adults who regularly slept for only five hours a night increased their levels of hunger. This means double trouble for your fat cells: You end up eating more than you need, leaving you with extra pounds to show for it.
And the most important: Stay Consistent.