We commonly blame our parents for our slow metabolism and weight gain. Even though genes do have a little to do with how our body burns calories; it’s not the only thing. More importantly is what we can do to help boost our metabolism.
- Eat breakfast. It’s true; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body has already been without food during the time you were sleeping. When you don’t eat breakfast your body starts to think it is starving and your metabolism slows down.
- Drink water. Water naturally acts as an aid to your metabolism. If you are dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down.
- Add ice. The colder your drink is, the better for your metabolism helping your burn more calories.
- Build muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so build it. You can do so by strength training, that includes lifting weights. Women, don’t worry, you don’t have the same physical makeup as guys so you won’t get too big and bulky.
- Step up your workout. Aerobic exercises don’t build muscles but they engage your metabolism for hours even after you have finished working out. Try taking a step or spin class.
- Eat more often. But, that doesn’t mean eat more. Eating a little, more often keeps your metabolism active. Try having a healthy snack every three hours.
- Sip coffee or tea. The caffeine speeds up your metabolism. Be careful not to add too many calories when you flavor your beverage accordingly.
- Eat protein. Your body burns more calories when eating protein than carbohydrates or fat. Try nuts, eggs, beans and fish to get your protein fix.
- Don’t starve. You won’t lose weight by starving yourself. If your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs it doesn’t function the way it should, which can harm your health.
- Say no to crash and fad diets. You may lose weight quickly with these diets, but they won’t help you keep off the weight. You need to train yourself and your body when and how to eat to maintain your weight loss. Most people on crash and fad diets gain the weight right back.
Everyone’s body is different and we will lose weight at different rates. For example, men tend to burn more calories than women do (I know, not fair!) and our metabolism slows down as we get older. Since there are certain things we can’t control, we have to do what we can to affect our metabolism in ways we can control.
Talk to your doctor about your health concerns and your exercise routine.