6 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism for Better Weight Loss
In order to lose weight efficiently, a fast metabolism is essential. Unfortunately, years of dieting or a genetic propensity for slow digestion can cause a sluggish system. Not only that, but your metabolism naturally slows down as you age.
Fortunately, you can teach an old dog new tricks in this case, and slow metabolisms can be turned into fast ones with a little help. Check out these surefire ways to get your metabolism on the fast-track.
Start each day with a wholesome breakfast.
Starvation mode is when your body retains fat because it thinks you’re starving. And if you skip breakfast? Your bod is sure it’s happening. Think about it. You haven’t eaten for hours all night, and now you’re still not eating?
To quell your body’s fears, always have breakfast. As soon as you get up, eat a wholesome, protein-filled meal. Greek yogurt with berries and nuts, an apple and natural peanut butter, or an egg scramble with salsa are all great choices.
Say okay to caffeine.
Yes, it’s okay to drink coffee! In fact, a cup of Joe in the morning and another in the afternoon can help stimulate your metabolism by revving your heart rate just slightly and stimulating your nervous system. Don’t get too crazy, though. Excess caffeine can cause nervousness and give you the jitters.
Get sweaty with HIIT.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best way to boost your metabolism through exercise. You can do HIIT with any type of aerobic exercise.
Start with one to two minutes of warm-up, then begin your first 30- to 60-second interval of intense activity. This might be biking at full speed, sprinting, or doing an intense repetitive move like burpee rounds. Follow this with an equal period of normally paced exercise (jogging, biking at a regular pace, or doing jumping jacks), and finally, go back to intense training for 30 to 60 seconds. Complete this pattern four to six times before cooling down, and that’s your workout!
Strength train for muscle gain.
We’ve established that cardio is absolutely necessary for metabolism boosting, but strength training is important too. That’s because when you have more muscle on your body, you burn more calories at a faster rate, no matter what you’re doing. In fact, even when you’re sedentary, simply having more muscle on your body will burn more calories!
Eat a well-balanced diet that’s full of protein.
Because more muscle equals more calorie burn, and protein helps grow muscle, it makes sense that a well-balanced diet should also include lots of protein. Try to get at least 35 to 30 grams of it in every meal. You should also be eating six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits each day, and two to three servings of whole grains. Limit sugar intake where you can.
Skip the alcohol.
Sadly, fat burning slows down when you put alcohol into the mix. In fact, just two alcoholic drinks can slow down your body’s fat burning by nearly 75 percent! So if you’re out with friends and can’t say no to drinks, go ahead, but try to at least limit it to one cocktail or glass of wine.
Weight loss without a fast metabolism is certainly possible, but who wants to do that? If you knew that you could put forth basically the same effort and lose weight almost twice as fast, wouldn’t you do it? That’s what boosting your metabolism will do. Use these tips, and you’ll start to see your work paying off almost immediately.