When properly functioning, your metabolism helps burn unwanted body fat and keeps you energetic throughout the day. But as we age, our metabolism begins to naturally slow down, as much as 2% per year. This slow down makes it harder to lose weight and will leave you feeling physically drained as the day goes on. Following the steps below can help boost your metabolism and provide you with the energy needed for your active lifestyle..Tweet
Things you’ll need:
- Healthy Diet
- Exercise Routine
1. Exercise – Lean muscle mass is one of the most important factors that will determine the efficiency of your metabolism. The more lean muscle the better. An effective exercise routine will incorporate a variety of exercises (strength, cardio & abs) utilizing all of the muscle groups. To get the most pay back you will need to do 30 to 60 minute sessions 4 or 5 days a week.
2. Eating – When it comes to keeping your metabolism functioning at peak efficiency, how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Below are some metabolism boosting advice for eating:
- Eat your first meal within an hour of waking.
- Instead of 2-3 large meals eat 5 or more smaller meals
- Eat larger meals earlier in the day and smaller in the evening
- Eat something every 3 hours to keep the metabolsim going
- Don’t eat within 3-4 hours of going to bed
- Avoid sugary foods which promote fat storage
- Spicy foods appear to increase metabolism
3. Water – Keeping your body hydrated is key to a healthy metabolism. It is necessary for flushing the toxins that are created within your body. Drink about eight 8oz glasses per day. There is some evidence that drinking ice cold water can increase your metabolism as your body tries to maintain its core temperature.
4. Sleep – Allowing your body to recover after a full day of activity is a very important aspect of keeping your metabolism boosted. Getting 7-8 hours each night is recommended.
Tips & Warnings
- 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 4-5 days a week
- Eat smaller meals more often
- Stay hydrated
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
- Consult a physician before beginning a new diet plan
- Consult a physician before beginning a new exercise plan
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