We are always hearing about metabolisms. We are told that if we want to lose weight, we need to keep our metabolism running high but have you ever stopped to wonder what that means? You know all the buzz words but do you know the biology behind them?
If you have a fast metabolism, it means that you are quickly, and efficiently, breaking down the nutrients from the food you eat and converting them into useable energy and building materials for the body.
Metabolism is made up of three main components:
1. Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR):
This is the amount of energy needed to fuel the body's functions while you are at rest and awake.
2. The Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF):
This determines the number of calories required to undergo the processes of eating and digesting food.
3. The Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA):
This is the rate your body burns calories when exercising or going through your daily activities.
When people have slow, or sluggish, metabolisms they often find they lack energy and put on weight more easily than those with a fast metabolism.
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But don't feel badly, if you are someone with a slow metabolism, you can speed it up! There are lots of things you can do to boost the process, feel healthy and energized, and even lose a few pounds!
Here are some metabolism boosting tips:
1. Drink plenty of water
Drinking at least 6 cups of water a day will keep your body hydrated and stimulate your metabolism. Try drinking a big glass of water first thing in the morning. It will hydrate your body and kick your metabolism into gear after having fasted all night.
2. Get moving first
Instead of going from bed to a seat at the breakfast table, try to get your body moving a little first. A 10 minute power walk or a little bit of yoga can wake your digestive system. This will prepare your body for your breakfast and kick start your metabolism.
3. Eat a substantial breakfast
There are some debates about breakfast but it is probably a good idea not to skip it. You should never force feed yourself but if you are in the habit of not eating in the morning, you might consider breaking that habit. You have been fasting all night and breakfast will provide your body the energy you need to be at your best. Aim to eat a high protein, low GI breakfast that is balanced and rich in nutrients. If you need some breakfast ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan
4. Build up your muscle
The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. Even the most basic muscles in the body require energy to function. So, the more working muscle you have, the more energy you need. Work on building your body's lean muscle mass and you will improve the functioning of your metabolism.
5. Improve your fitness
High intensity cardio is the best way to elevate your resting metabolic rate. Don't be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. For example, if you power walk regularly, try adding some sprints into the mix. Push yourself and you will notice the changes. For over 88 hours of on demand workouts, check out Sweatflix℠!
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6. Drink green tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants but it also makes for a great metabolism booster. The caffeine in the tea helps to stimulate the metabolism, heating your body and burning calories.
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