How to Boost Your Metabolism
Your metabolism is the speed that your body breaks down food and turns them into energy. The faster you break down energy and use energy, the less likely you are to store calories as fat. So basically, the higher your metabolism, the less fat your body will naturally maintain. How do you naturally boost your metabolism? Not everyone needs to ‘increase’ their metabolism, however, by following these tips everyone will find a boost in the right direction.
Alkalize Your Blood
The level of acidity in your blood has a direct correlation to your metabolism. The ideal pH for your body’s bloodstream is 7.35.
How do you know what your pH level is? You will need to get your blood tested. Some insurance plans cover this, while others don’t. If you’re serious about increasing your metabolism, however, it’s a worthwhile investment.
Once you get your pH test back, actively work on either increasing or decreasing your blood acidity level until it’s at the target 7.35 value.
Bigger Meals in the Morning
Your body starts the day out with an extremely fast metabolism. Your body then gradually slows down its metabolism until night time, when the metabolism is much slower.
Most people’s diet is completely the opposite of what it should be for losing weight. Ideally, you should eat your biggest meal for breakfast. This allows your body’s fast metabolism to process all that food quickly. Likewise, you should eat your smallest meal at night when your body’s metabolism is naturally slower. Protein requires more energy to burn, by eating higher based protein snacks and meals early in your day you will not only feel energized but you will notice the benefits of a fully optimized metabolism as well.
Eat Low Glycemic Index Foods
The glycemic index is a grade for foods from how much it will spike your blood sugar. The higher the grade, the worse it is for your energy and metabolism. If you want a high, stable metabolism, stick to low glycemic index foods.
This doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your diet. All you need to do is replace high GI foods with low GI foods of a similar nature. For example, instead of having potatoes have red potatoes. Have whole grains instead of white rice. Have fruits for snacks instead of candy bars. Add a side salad to your steak instead of French fries.
Push It To The Limit!
This is the most simple and direct way to increase your metabolism. If you want your body to process energy faster, you need to burn more energy. Otherwise your body simple won’t feel the need to have a fast metabolism. Work out on a regular basis, ideally at least 30 minutes a day, four days a week. This alone will do a lot to increase your metabolism. Great exercises for boosting your metabolism are High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, Circuit Training, Cardio Activities and Strength Training. Building lean muscle mass will demand a much higher metabolism from your body.
Increasing your metabolism is one of the easiest ways to lose weight while improving your health. Instead of having to actively burn calories through workouts or decrease food intake through dieting, you simply allow your body’s natural functions to do the hard work.
Our metabolism is far more fragile than we think, at the age of 25 we can begin to experience a decline of 2 to 4% each year. Between the ages of 25 to 65 we could lose 5 lbs of muscle every 10 years, this is why enhancing and balancing our metabolic rate is so crucial.
In addition to these tips: drinking cold water, eating spicy foods and eating protein early in the morning are tips you cant start implementing today. Forcing your body to produce more body heat and essentially fire-up your metabolism.