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Health Tips: Increasing Your Metabolism

Do you find yourself struggling in your weight loss and maintenance efforts and ever wonder why nothing seems to be working for you? Perhaps the issue is due to your metabolism being a bit on the slow side, and the need to increase it to benefit your personal goals.

Here are some simple steps that you can take which will help increase your metabolism, and aid in your weight loss and weight maintenance goals!

 

1. Replace warm water with ice cold water

When you drink ice cold water, your body increases its metabolism because your body needs to use more energy in order to maintain a constant body temperature. Basically your body works harder when you drink cold water, which means there is an increase in your metabolism. When you drink cold water you burn approximately 68 calories per day as compared to drinking warm water, where you are only burning approximately 14 calories per day. This is probably one of the easiest and simplest solutions!

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Eat a healthy breakfast at the beginning of your day

When you wake up and skip breakfast, it means that your body is fasting for a longer period of time, since you can’t sleep while your eating. When your body is in a fasting state, it is not producing the enzymes which are needed to metabolize fat. When you eat in the morning this actually signals your body to increase your metabolism, which means you will be burning more fat. If you do not eat in the morning your body will not be signaled to increase its metabolism since nothing has been consumed. So overall eating a breakfast kick starts your body to start up again, and is a very efficient and simple way to help speed up that metabolism.

3. Eat more protein in your diet

The reason why nutritionists suggest that people go on high protein diets, is because when one consumes protein it causes the release of glucagon .Glucagon is a hormone which causes an increase in your blood sugar levels, and this causes lipolysis, the breakdown of fats which is stored in the adipose (fat) tissue. Therefore eating a diet which has protein in it is essential for fat loss and helps increase your metabolism in the long run. All in all, it’s another easy fix towards your goals.

4. Build muscle

Building muscle is more beneficial in the long term, than in the short term. Muscle actually uses more energy than fat does. Each pound of muscle uses approximately 30 more calories than fat! This is substantial for long term weight loss and maintenance. Building muscle will increase your resting heart rate, which in turn will allow weight loss to be sustained in the long run. The time of day which you work out has also shown to have an effect. Working out in the morning has been shown to be more effective since it boosts your metabolism earlier, and thus helps you burn more calories as your day progresses. These are small changes but are also key in helping sustain your weight loss in the long run.

5. Eat 5 or 6 times a day

When trainers tell you that you should be eating 5 to 6 times a day, you should be eating SMALL portions. Every time you eat something you get your metabolism going again, and this stimulates the break down of fat . Eating big meals 5 to 6 times a day will actually have the opposite effect, instead of metabolizing the fat there will be a buildup; and the first place it builds up is the stomach. The small portions could be things like vegetables, fruits, salads, yogurt, granola bars, etc. Also by eating more during the day, you are less likely to eat a big meal during supper. When eating a huge meal during supper, most of it is not used as energy but rather stored as fats, due to the lack of night time activities.

Give the following tips a try, and good luck in boosting those metabolisms!

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