The topic of metabolism has been the center of health and wellness debates for many years. Some people believe that your metabolism is determined primarily by your gender and age; suggesting that it can not be altered, changed or boosted. On the other hand, there are those who believe that while your metabolic rate might be affected by factors such as age and gender, there are still things you can do to boost your metabolism and get your body burning calories faster and more efficiently. We are those people; here is some of our best advice to help you boost your metabolism:
Eat a good breakfast:
Because if you don’t, your body goes into starvation mode which means that your metabolism slows down to conserve energy. We suggest fueling your body with a mix of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats for the ultimate breakfast. To start your morning with a kick, try a combination of oats with a side of eggs, avo and berries.
Guzzle that water:
While drinking water doesn’t necessarily speed up your metabolic rate it does ensure proper cellular hydration which is essential. The body needs an adequate amount of water in order to perform at its optimum rate. Drinking up to 8 glasses of water will do your body the world of good including keeping you feeling fresh and strong during your next workout.
Cut the trans-fats:
We all know that trans-fats found in fried foods and sugar are bad for you. But did you know that they actually slow down your body’s ability to burn fat? Trans-fats bind to fat and liver cells causing your metabolism to slow down. Eating foods that are high in trans-fats can also cause inflammation in the body and ultimately lead to weight-gain.
Hit the gym:
Not only is regular exercise good for the overall functioning of your body but it is one of the most effective ways to boost your metabolism when done properly. Weight training and HIIT training have proven to be the most effective when looking to get your body’s metabolism humming. At FITstrong, each one of our classes are designed to combine both strength and interval training; by combining these two training types your body will be building muscle, working harder and burning more calories. It’s a recipe for success.
Pack on the protein:
Research shows that getting enough protein can boost your metabolism because it is made up primarily of amino acids, which are harder for your body to break down. The more protein you eat, the more calories your body burns to get rid of them; we suggest staying fueled on lean proteins such as chicken, fish and eggs. And, as always, remember the good carbs too.