Metabolism has been described as the process of making your body move or how the body processes the fuel (namely food) that we put inside it. When we work to rev up and boost our metabolism, we burn calories whether we are active or at rest. This makes it much easier for us to lose weight and remain energized! There are things we can do in our everyday lives to help boost our metabolism, so let’s take a look at what they are.
WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISES
You’ve probably heard often that your metabolism slows down as you age. Truthfully we begin a weight shift in our 20’s - 30’s, as we gain fat and lose lean mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so adding weight-bearing exercise to your routine, if you haven’t already, will definitely count toward burning more calories. Muscle cells can be up to eight times as metabolically active as fat cells; did you know that? Another benefit of weight bearing exercise has to do with bone health. Strong bones and muscles decrease the risk of falls and other injuries that can adversely affect bones.
PROTEIN & HIGH FIBER FOODS
By eating three meals a day and tow snacks, you keep your metabolism stoked and working steadily. When we skip meals, it slows down our metabolism and primes our bodies to store fat. Protein is a great food source as your body has to work harder to process it and you burn more calories. It also helps you feel full longer. Eating protein gives your body a larger metabolic boost than eating carbs or fats, too. Fiber is beneficial in that you feel full eating it without adding much in the way of calories. Fiber slows down your digestive process, which helps keep your metabolism fired up.
COCONUT OIL & GREEN TEA
And not necessarily at the same time, either! Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (meaning it gets burned for energy instead of stored as fat) and is beneficial to the thyroid gland. It has been said to trigger metabolism. Green tea contains caffeine (unless it says decaffeinated on the box) and an ingredient called ECGC, which has metabolism boosting properties. If plain green tea is not your cup of tea, flavored versions are available to help you get used to it. The health benefits are so wonderful; you owe it to yourself to try green tea!
1. SUGAR FREE RED BULL
It says on the can this revs up your metabolism. I love it before a workout – it really gets me going.
With proper diet and exercise choices you’ll see that lighting a fire under your metabolism is not as hard as you might think. Burn baby, burn, as we still have a couple months of bathing suit weather in the forecast!