Discover natural, effective ways to boost your metabolism without drugs or supplements.
Some people are convinced that their metabolism is slow and that they’re forever doomed to wear a size 14. As a generalization, most people don’t have a slow metabolism, they’re simply taking in too many calories and exercising too little.
In rare cases, a person’s metabolism may be slow because of a medical problem such as an underactive thyroid, but this isn’t as common as most people believe. The good news is this there are ways to kick start metabolism naturally without supplements or diet pills. Here are some ways to do it safely.
The first rule is never to skip breakfast. After seven or eight hours of sleep, the body needs fuel to burn. Without a morning meal, the body can go into starvation mode in a desperate attempt to hold onto any fuel reserves it has. The key to preventing this is to eat a morning meal that’s high in protein.
Good choices are an egg and a small bowl of oatmeal or a cup of yogurt and fruit with a little protein powder mixed in. Studies have shown that when a person doesn’t eat breakfast, their brain is more likely to crave higher-calorie foods later. Start the day off right to increase fat burning later.
The second way to kick start the metabolism is to eat five or six small meals throughout the day, with each containing a small amount of protein. This ensures that the body always has fuel and won’t slow down because it senses starvation. Skipping meals or restricting calories isn’t the key to successful weight loss. Just make sure the small meals are healthy and calorie-controlled.
Most people take in far too many liquid calories. Substitute water or green tea for soft drinks and other higher-calorie beverages. Green tea is a good choice because some studies show that the catechins it contains helps to increase fat burning. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol.
Exercise is crucial for peak fat burning. The best kind of exercise is high-intensity interval training. This involves short periods of intense exercise followed by longer periods of less intense exercise for recovery.
Start by doing five minutes of exercise at a low intensity followed by two minutes of exercise that increases the heart rate to 90 percent of maximum. Repeat this cycle for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. This type of interval training gives an afterburn effect where caloric expenditure is higher even after the exercise is stopped, which is a real boon to fat burning. Follow up with resistance training to build lean body mass, which further stimulates the metabolism.
It’s important to get at least six to seven hours of sleep per night since sleep deprivation is associated with higher levels of hormones that lead to weight gain. Don’t skimp on sleep. Finally, take a closer look at medications. Certain medications, particularly anti-depressants and drugs used to treat mental disorders, can cause weight gain.
Try these all-natural ways to stimulate fat burning. They’re safer and smarter than diet pills.