In the world of weight, metabolism is a total game changer. A quick metabolism can help you lose weight fast and a slow metabolism can well, make you gain weight.
First, let me answer the most basic question: What is metabolism? Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. When we consume food, the components of the food are broken down by the enzymes in our body and is converted to energy that we use for all our daily activities.
However, there’s this myth that follows metabolism: You cannot change your metabolism because it’s hereditary and genetic. First of all, let’s change our understanding about metabolism. The metabolic speed of the body can be altered by making some changes in our physical and dietary routine. Let’s take a look at the things we can change to change our metabolism.
1. Don’t cut down on your calories:Cutting calories will do no good for your metabolism because if your body has no calories, your metabolism will automatically assume that you are not getting enough food and in order to evenly space out your energy, it will send your body into survival mode. In extreme cases, it begins to break down the calorie- burning muscle tissue for survival.
2. Stick to organic food: The food we eat plays a massive role in determining our metabolism. Thyroid basically determines how fast our body functions. Inorganic food can slow down our metabolic rate considerably as the chemicals and toxins in organic food pose a great threat to our thyroid. On the other hand, organic fruits, vegetables, and grains keep the fat burning process running at full speed as it does not affect our thyroid in a negative way.
3. Add proteins in your diet. A recent study from Purdue University found that ‘diets higher in protein may help preserve lean body mass, which is the best fat-burner of all.’ Body mass burns fat rapidly. Also, in comparison to fats and carbs, our body digests proteins more slowly and therefore, we feel full for a longer time and our body consumes energy at a slower rate.
4. Have a ‘mandatory’ healthy breakfast: Eating a healthy and heavy breakfast alerts your metabolism to wake up and start working. In one study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, volunteers who got 22 to 55 percent of their total calories at breakfast gained only 1.7 pounds on average over four years. You can turn to oats, yogurt, eggs, figs, granola, etc for a good breakfast.
5. Engage in hardcore physical activity: Any kind of physical activity burns calories and the more intense your physical activity, the quicker your calories burn. In the gym, alternate between high intensity and low-intensity workouts and reduce the duration of your resting period. Lifting weights builds muscle mass and muscles burn more calories than fat, thus increasing metabolism.
6. Drink tea and coffee: Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which is known to mobilize fats from the fats tissue and tea contains catechins that are known to boost up the metabolism by 5%-12%.A review published in 2011 in “Obesity Reviews” examined six such studies and found that caffeine supplementation significantly increases your body’s energy expenditure over a period of 24 hours.However, excess quantities of caffeine and catechins can void their effects on metabolism over time.
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