We’ve all been there, lamenting about our weight and how our metabolism just isn’t fast enough to make us look and feel good, no matter how much exercise we’re getting. Metabolism is a frustrating matter for a lot of people, mostly because we have no control over the genetic aspect of it, and often can’t figure out what we’re doing wrong when it comes to boosting it.
However, what most people tend to forget is that the speed of our metabolism depends on a number of factors (not just genetics!)—from age, sex, and body fat, to muscle mass and activity levels. So, even if you might not be able to change your genetics, you can still alter your lifestyle a bit to boost your metabolism. What follows are six healthy ways to help you do just that.
- Have Regular Meals
Believe it or not, your body actually relies on regular and balanced meals, which is why eating regularly can help increase your metabolism. If you practice eating a lot once per day, your body will burn less calories and store more fats in it. In an ideal world, a person should have smaller meals during the day, three to four hours apart.
- Drink Green Tea
Although the metabolic benefits of green tea are yet to be completely proven, this beverage is a great alternative to sugary drinks and will ensure you stay hydrated during the day. Having one to two cups on a daily basis can definitely be a healthy addition to your already balanced diet.
- Increase Your Water Consumption
For your body to be at its best, you’ll want to keep it hydrated at all times. Drinking lots of water has definitely be known to help with people’s metabolisms, plus this habit can have a number of other benefits useful for you. According to a study, a group of overweight women (aged 18 to 23) managed to reduce their average weight and BMI by drinking additional 1.5 liters of water a day.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
Do you know what hormone ghrelin does? When you don’t get enough sleep, this particular hormone makes you feel hungry, having you eat more than you should i.e. overeat. In order to keep your hormones in check, it’s of utmost importance for you to sleep enough during the night, ideally seven to eight hours.
- Try HIIT and Resistance Trainings
Exercise is always a good idea if you’re trying to lose weight and speed up your metabolism, and combining both strength workouts (lifting weights) and high-intensity interval trainings (e.g. sprinting for one minute and doing jumping jacks for two) might just do wonders for you.
- Work on Reducing Stress
Your stress levels can cause your body to produce more cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite. In turn, this can lead to unhealthy eating habits, which can affect your overall metabolism. Although it’s easier said than done, try reducing the stress in your life by doing yoga, meditating, or practicing other stress-relief techniques.
Remember: before you decide to adjust your diet or exercise routine, it’s a good idea to speak to a doctor and see what they recommend. If this is something you need assistance with, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Best and the Neuroscience Center.
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