You may have heard that boosting your metabolism is a good thing, but do you know why? If you have a fast metabolism it means that you are able to quickly and efficiently break down the nutrients from food and convert them into useable energy and building materials.
There are three main parts of the metabolism.
1. The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) - Is the amount of energy needed to fuel the bodily functions whilst you are resting and awake.
2. The Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF) - This determines how many calories are required to undergo the process of eating and digesting food
3. The Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA) - This is the rate at which your body burns through calories when exercising or going about your normal daily activities.
People with slow, or sluggish, metabolisms tend to find they lack in energy and put on weight more easily than people with fast metabolisms.
But don’t worry, even if you have inherited a slow metabolism from your parents, it doesn’t mean you are stuck with it! There are many ways in which you can help boost your metabolism and keep yourself healthy, energised and looking and feeling fantastic!
Drink Plenty Of Water - Drinking plenty of water, about 6 cups per day, is important for fuelling your body and keeping it hydrated. It is also important for stimulating your metabolism. Try starting your morning by drinking a nice big glass of water first thing to help kick start your metabolism and hydrate your body after your evening of fasting.
Get Moving First - Instead of stepping out of bed and sitting straight down for a meal, try to get your body moving a bit first. Wake your digestive system up with a quick 10 minute power walk or some yoga. This will not only prepare your body for digesting your breakfast, it will also help kick-start your metabolism and get your day off to a good start!
Eat A Substantial Breakfast - Breakfast really is an important meal, and not one that you should skip. Though I never encourage force feeding yourself, as your body will let you know when it is hungry, you can get into a habit of not eating in the morning and this is a habit you should try and avoid. Your body has been fasting all evening and the food you eat for breakfast is the energy foundation you need so you can tackle your day at your best. So opt for a high protein, low GI breakfast that is balanced and rich in nutrients.
Build Up Your Muscle - The more muscle you have in your body, the more calories you burn. This is because even the most basic muscle contractions require energy, so the more muscles that are working, the more energy is required. So work on increasing your body's lean muscle mass to help improve the function of your metabolism.
Improve Your Fitness - High intensity cardio training is the best way to raise your resting metabolic rate. The key is to push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are a regular power walker, try incorporating some sprinting bursts, or step up the pace of your regular floor workout routine.
Drink Green Tea - Not only is green tea packed full of antioxidants, it is also a fantastic metabolic booster. The caffeine in green tea will help stimulate your metabolism, heating your body and burning energy.