Improve Your Metabolism With 4 Simple Tricks May 10, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Keeping your metabolism going throughout the day is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight. For those who naturally have a high metabolism, congrats - but the majority of the population doesn’t. There are some definite tricks you can do, however, to help your metabolism burn calories throughout the day.
Doing cardio exercises 3-5 times each week is directly linked to an increase in your metabolic rate while your body is at rest. However, even when you’re exercising, there are certain activities you can do to maximize your caloric burn. High-Intensity Interval Training is becoming increasingly popular, and studies show that this type of activity can not only burn more calories during your workout but for up to 24 hours after your workout is done too. That’s a pretty great way to keep your metabolism running full speed all day long.
Eat Enough Food
When we say to eat enough food, the type of food you’re eating is just as important. Not eating enough food leads your body to think that there isn’t enough food to go around, so it stores energy as fat for later. When you eat enough calories, your body knows there’s enough food available, so it processes the calories as fuel. Eating nutritious food is key because if you’re consuming junk food, your body won’t recognize it as important sources of nutrients and will send you cravings for foods with the vitamins and minerals that it requires, leading you to overeat.
Don’t Forget to Lift Weights
The more muscle tissue you have in your body, the more fat-burning power your body has in general. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does, so when you build muscle, you’re naturally increasing your metabolism. You should be incorporating weight lifting into your workout routine at least twice per week.
Avoid Yo-Yo Dieting
“Yo-yo dieting” is a sure-fire way to lower your metabolism and decrease your natural fat-burning power. When you lose weight, we lose fat, but we also lose muscle. If we gain the weight back, it’s mostly fat, and that doesn’t burn nearly as many calories as muscle - ultimately lowering our metabolism. Avoiding crash diets and eating whole, healthy foods is the key to weight loss while minimizing the amount of muscle that gets burned during the process. Keep these tips and tricks in mind and it will help to improve your metabolism!