Monday, 24 June 2013

How To Speed Up Your Metabolism

Blame it on your metabolism 

Ever wondered why your best friend doesn’t seem to gain an inch of fat despite chowing down that pint of Haagen Daaz while you seem to double in size even with just a spoonful? Blame it on your metabolism, the process that helps you burn off calories. Because of genetics, some women have higher metabolism, which allows them to burn fat faster. Not only that, a high metabolism gives you more energy to get through the day. If you are planning on losing weight, a fast metabolism means more calories burned. More calories burnt means the easier it is for you to drop the weight. But just like everything else, as you age, your metabolism slows down, which is the reason why you’re bountiful of energy in your early 20s but can’t seem to keep up in your 30s. Not only that, age, weight, diet and exercise habit can play a role in your metabolism too. Here are some ways you can revive and speed up your metabolism. 




 Do not cut calories 

Don’t cut calories. The lower the calories, the less strenuous on your metabolism, right? Wrong. In fact, putting yourself on a very low-calorie diet (or any extreme diet at all) will work against your metabolism as this can slow down your metabolic rate and your body will try to conserve energy instead of using it. The way to go? Practice eating a healthy and consistent diet whereby you are getting the recommended calorie intake. What is that number? Depending on your level of activity, multiply your weight (in pounds) by 11. With this recommended daily calorie intake, you can also safely lose up to 1 kg a week. 




 Be active  

Be active. When you’re active, you can raise your metabolic rate. A few ways to do this: Opt to take the stairs instead of elevators; hit the gym at least three times a week 30 minutes each time, park a little further in the shopping mall so you will be required to walk a little longer, and if you have a furry friend, take it out for more walks!




 Eat breakfast  

Eat breakfast. As far as metabolism and weight loss is concerned, eating breakfast is key. People who eat breakfast actually lose more weight than those who choose to skip it! Because your metabolism slows down when you sleep, it doesn’t go back up again until you start eating. So if you skip the first meal, your body will only start burning more calories when you eat lunch. What you eat is also important; a bowl of oats will do your metabolism a whole lot better than a plate of tapsilog. High-fiber carbs (like oats) take longer for your body to digest and absorb so you stay fuller for most of the morning instead of munching before lunchtime.

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