How to speed up metabolism

For many people, trying to fight their natural metabolism is taken as a lost cause. It’s not an easy task to accomplish, but it is possible. Speeding up your metabolism isn’t something that will happen overnight, though. Being that the metabolism slows with age, you’re going to have to put some work in if you want to see some results. A slower metabolism means that you gain weight faster and this is surely something you want to avoid. So, what can you do to speed up your metabolism?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that exercising will speed up your metabolism. For most people, that’s a given fact. With any diet plan or weight loss scheme, your metabolism plays a key role, and learning how to manage it better is vital to your success. In addition to getting regular exercise, you need to pay careful attention to what you eat. A lack of proper nourishment and nutritional balance can have an adverse effect on your metabolism. So, it is equally important to eat as healthily as you can in order to help speed up your metabolism.

Now, you may think that exercise should be at the top of your to-do list, but your first priority should be watching your diet. Exercising every day wouldn’t do too much good if you didn’t eat right, so let’s examine the ways you can improve it. You should already know that you need to keep yourself well hydrated. Water is one of the most vital nutrients your body needs, and even the slightest hint of dehydration will set your metabolism back. Quite naturally, your body needs water to efficiently regulate your metabolism just as it does any other function. Aside from drinking enough water, you should also pay close attention to the foods you eat.

While you might want to eat diet foods (you know, the stuff that tastes like cardboard), it’s important to remember that getting enough daily calories helps to keep your metabolism going. Eating less means you take in fewer calories, and in turn, your metabolism slows down. This isn’t what you want to happen, but you don’t want to continue to eat like a pig either. So, what do you do?

You need to eat well balanced meals, and try to eat the recommended amounts from each food group daily. Additionally, try spicing things up by adding some seasoning to your meals. Foods like ginger or chili peppers are good for boosting your metabolism; even black pepper can help add to the burn! Another tip is to drink green tea with your meals instead of soda or sugary juices. Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties, but it also aids in the area of speeding the metabolism.

One very important thing that you should always keep in mind is that you should eat only when you’re hungry, and only until you’re full. Snack throughout the day on fresh fruits and nuts, and throw in some exercise if you get bored. Make sure that you get enough magnesium from your day to day diet; vitamin B, B-12, and calcium are other important nutrients that have an effect on your metabolism. Try taking a vitamin supplement to kick-start your metabolism at the beginning of each day. You’ll have more energy and be able to stay more active, which, of course, will boost your metabolism!

As you make changes to your diet, and start practicing healthier habits, your metabolism will begin to increase. Taking better of your body means that your body will be able to function better, and will do the things it was meant to do. To keep up the speed, you need to also get some exercise every day. Walking, jogging, biking, or even outdoor sports are good for increasing your metabolism, and regular activity will help it to remain elevated. So, while you might be done exercising, your body isn’t. It will continue to burn calories for you long after you’ve settled down, but again, this requires regular exercise.

Aside from the exercise, you need to take proper rest as well. It’s no use burning yourself out day after day because this will have a negative effect on your metabolism and your health as a whole. Try to get the recommended six to eight hours of sleep daily and it will work wonders for you! Having enough sleep at night is a big part of what you need to get your day started properly. And, getting your day started on the right foot is essential to speeding up your metabolism.

Last updated on Oct 24th, 2010 and filed under How-to Guide. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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