Simple tips to help keep you balanced.
Metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body. Boosting it is usually a weight watcher’s goal as the higher it is, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. How fast your body burns calories depends on several things. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting. For many, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although you can’t control things like your age and gender, these tips can help improve your metabolic rate.
1. Eat at regular times
Our body thrives on balance and consistency. Eating at regular times balances our metabolic rate. When a person eats a lot and then goes for long periods without eating, the body may burn calories slower and store more fat cells. Eating at regular times can reduce this tendency.
2. Drink up
Our body needs water to process calories, and it can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that drinking half a litre of water increases metabolic rate by 30% in healthy men and women.
3. Consume enough calories
Skipping meals to lose weight can negatively impact your metabolism. Eating meals that aren’t filling has the same effect. Eating too few calories can cause your metabolism to slow down so the body can conserve energy. Women need between 1,600 and 2,400 calories daily, depending on physical activity levels, and men need between 2,000 and 3,000.
4. Get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep causes your body to release a hormone, ghrelin, which can make you feel hungry. It also releases less leptin, a hormone that helps a person feel full. Getting enough sleep can help ensure that these hormones remain balanced and prevent a person from overeating. Several studies suggest that adults need at least 7 – 8 hours per night.
5. Try high-Intensity workouts
Aerobic exercises might not bulk your muscles, but it significantly boosts your metabolism. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer rise in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. Try a more intense class at the gym like HIIT and Zumba or include short bursts of jogging during your regular walk.
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