Giving your metabolism a boost is necessary not just for losing weight but also for battling fatigue. I know how difficult it can be the first time you do it, but trust me, the following will help raise your metabolism and keep you from feeling worn out.
1. Eat Breakfast
I can’t emphasize this enough; you should not skip breakfast. One of the most common mistakes that people assume is that skipping breakfast helps them lose weight. But the exact opposite happens; when you skip breakfast your body will think that it is starving and will slow down your metabolism and even try to make you eat a bigger meal than usual later. Here’s a tip: don’t skip eating for more than 10 hours.
As long as your breakfast is healthy (i.e. it doesn’t have any sweets or too many fats) you should be fine. Again, don’t scrimp on breakfast, and it’s best to fill yourself. The smallest portions should be reserved for your last meal of the day.
2. Eat Most of Your Food Earlier in the Day
Some health experts recommend you don’t eat anything 3 hours before going to bed, while others suggest you don’t eat anymore after 8:00 pm. Either one is good advice since it helps your body digest and burn the food more quickly than ever.
• Go to bed early and sleep so you don’t end up eating midnight snacks.
• Don’t tempt yourself by keeping snacks in your bedroom.
• If you’re having trouble resisting the urge to eat after 8:00 pm, gurgle some mouthwash or brush your teeth.
3. Don’t Starve Yourself
I can’t stress this enough. If you try and drop a thousand calories a day, your metabolism is going to slow down and go into “starvation mode”. What this means is you’ll become physically weak and will go on a hunger binge. This will defeat the purpose and you’ll end up just eating more.
You should also chew your food slowly, and really savor its taste. This will make you feel full. And it will also help if you drink water while eating, as the liquid will fill up your stomach. This might take getting used to, but gibe it a try, and you would be surprised at how full you quickly become.
4. Cut Down on the Unhealthy Snacks
Throw away all of those sugary sweets and treats. Those potato chips and dips have a ton of calories and won’t help your metabolism at all. If you just can’t cut down on snacks, replace them with something healthier like carrots or based on whole grains or vegetables.
It’s going to be hard to swear off those snacks if you keep replenishing your fridge with them, so the next time you shop, stay from fatty foods and focus on the healthy ones, as they will raise your metabolism.
5. Some Aerobic Exercises Will Help
Aerobic exercises in the morning will boost your metabolism throughout the day. There’s no shortage of aerobics workouts so you won’t be lacking in options. If you’ve never done any aerobics before, here are some tips:
• When you start out, do it three times a week and when you are acclimatized, make it five days a week.
• Do some warm up exercises and don’t forget to stretch your body.
• Drink lots of water during and after the workouts.
• Don’t push yourself too hard.
I have to emphasize that you don’t need to stress yourself out too much, and have fun. But do exert some effort and make sure you are sweating, as that is essential. And don’t go on an eating binge after aerobics; just drink water or eat something healthy.
6. Do Some Weight Training
Another way to boost your metabolism is to engage in weight training, about 2 to 3 times a week. You don’t need to bulk up like a bodybuilder but weight training will help you burn calories and fats.
• The more calories you burn during weight training, the more you’ll be able to burn fats even while you are resting.
• Weight training will also make you physically stronger and make you less vulnerable to illness.
• Once your body starts developing muscles, you’ll want to keep it in shape and avid those fatty foods. You don’t need to bulk up too much or develop six pack abs (although you can of course).
7. Drinks Lots of Water
I’m sure you have heard fitness experts, doctors, maybe even your own mother, telling you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But water does more than that; water helps your body function while your metabolism is being boosted by for example exercise.
The 5 Best Foods for Boosting Your Metabolism
If those tips above are not enough, here are some foods to further enhance your metabolism.
1. Yogurt: doctors and scientists have long been aware of yogurt’s health benefits, but I want to add that it’s rich in protein, and its pro-biotic cultures in yogurt help your digestion in order.
2. Green Tea: I also want to say that green tea is full of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). This is healthy for your body including your brain and nervous system. This also helps your body burn more fat.
3. Grapefruit: this fruit drops the insulin level in your body, telling your body not to store as fat as it used to. I also want to tell you that grapefruit is rich in fiber, helping your body burn calories.
4. Almonds: not only are almonds delicious but they also have essential fatty acids that raise the metabolism, in your body.
5. Coffee: caffeine is also a metabolism booster, but make sure you don’t drink more than 2 cups a day. A cup of coffee in the morning will give you the perk up and energy you need to get through the day.
Not too many people pay attention to their metabolism while they are dieting. But the truth is they are instrumental in keeping you healthy and energetic throughout the day. Keeping your metabolism up won’t just help you lose weight but also feel energetic.