Rev Up Your Metabolism

April 15, 2013 in Blog, Blog Slideshow

By Kevin Charles

A sluggish metabolism just might be what’s keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals. Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with a thyroid issues, your metabolism may not be working at its optimum level and that can hinder your weight loss goal.

What is Metabolism
Metabolism is really just a fancy word to explain the process by which your boy converts food or calories into energy. It’s involved in everything your body does, from breathing to thinking to any movement you do. Many factors affect your metabolism, including your body fat percentage, your muscle mass and even your stress levels. So if you think your metabolism isn’t working as effectively as it should be, there are simple things you can do to boost its efficiency and drop those stubborn pounds.

Build Muscle
Increasing your muscle mass is the most effective way to boost your metabolism. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat which means that the more muscle you have on your body, the more your metabolism has to work. And what does it use as fuel? Good old stored fat, that’s what. Don’t think you have to become a bodybuilder to increase your metabolism either. Regular strength training that produces even a few extra pounds of muscle is enough to produce significant differences.

Eat Throughout The Day

It turns out that digesting food is a big task for your metabolism too. Every time you eat, your metabolism has to burn fat to turn on your digestive system. When you eat three meals a day, your metabolism revs up three times a day, but when you eat small meals throughout the day, your metabolism has to stay activated to continue digesting your meals. Split your total daily calories between five or six small meals and snacks and not the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner and you’ll keep hunger at bay and keep burning calories all day long.

Don’t Starve
While we’re talking about eating, we should also note that starvation is a sure-fire way to shut down your metabolism and stop burning calories. When you eat fewer calories than you need, your body goes into survival mode. It actually believes you are starving yourself to death, and to avoid your peril, it starts to conserve as much energy as possible. That means your metabolism slows down and starts hoarding the fat you have so that it can make it last longer. Bear that in mind the next time you’re on a diet. While it’s okay to reduce your calories, don’t go lower than 500 calories below your daily requirements per day or your diet will end up backfiring.

Go to Sleep
This has to be everyone’s favorite metabolism-boosting tip. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body stress levels rise and this in turn slows down your metabolism. Getting six to eight hours of sleep per night will keep your stress levels down and your metabolism operating efficiently.