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5 Keys To Boosting Your Metabolism
5 Keys To Boosting Your Metabolism
For many people, it seems they can eat, eat, and eat, but never gain weight. The key factor in keeping weight down is and always has been the person's metabolism. Metabolizing is the body's way of breaking down food and using it as energy. For many people who want to lose weight, metabolism is something they lack.
Boost Your Metabolism
The following list explains ways to improve the body's metabolism and ultimately burn more fat:
1. Eat smaller meals:
The hardest thing for the body to do is take a big filling meal and break it down into usable energy. It's kinda like overload for the digestive system, which causes much of the food to be stored as fat in the body. We all have been asked the question, "Did you save room for dessert?" Many times there's a tendency to eat until we're full, then cram that last piece of pie in, causing that bloated can't get up feeling. The best thing to do is to save room for dessert and not eat it.
It takes the body some time to digest food, which is why we often go from feeling full to that don't want to smell food feeling. It's not to say that starving yourself will help either. For the most part, you should be eating the foods that your body needs, because food is the fuel that drives your body and both bad fuel and low fuel will keep you feeling tired and lethargic.
2. Exercise regularly:
It is highly important for the body to get regular exercise because an inactive body will store more fat, seeing as how the energy from food is not being utilized enough. It's good to find something to get the body moving and the important concept to remember is quality not quantity. Spending 2 hours on a treadmill is useless if you're not getting your heart-rate up.
I have heard the lack of time excuse more often than I can count. Remember that the time you spend making excuses is the time you can spend making progress. The average person spends about 16 minutes a day on Facebook and that's far less important than taking care of the body. If you are one of those people wondering what you can do to be more active, I suggest a few rounds of good paced shadow boxing. Shadow boxing is a very effective way to elevate the heart rate and can be used by beginner to advanced exercisers.
3. Eat slower:
Many people don't realize the fact that digestion begins in the mouth and if the mouth isn't doing it's job, the rest of the body is burdened with the task. If food is chewed more thoroughly, it gives the body a chance to use it efficiently and less of it will be stored as fat. Picture metabolism as the body digging for gold, if there's less to dig through, gold will be found more easily.
Another valuable thing about eating slower is it keeps you from over eating, because your food settles quicker. Anyone who has a tendency to overeat may benefit from chewing more thoroughly. A good way to work on chewing more thoroughly is to count the times you chew each piece of food and aim for at least 50 times. You want to pulverize each bite so that the body obtains the valuable nutrients and effectively eliminates what it doesn't need.
4. Eat more often:
As stated in key one, eat smaller meals of course. It helps to eat a few small meals throughout the day rather than 2 or 3 big meals. Eating a small snack in between meals can help boost your metabolism. Of course, the snack should be something healthy such as fruit, yogurt, and/or almonds. Many people misconstrue the concept of eating more often and think that's an excuse to eat candy bars, chips, and other junk throughout the day.
Remember the key here is fueling the body, not eating more of what the body doesn't need. How you will be able to eat depends on your schedule, some people don't have time to eat throughout the day, which is fine, so long as they're not stuffing themselves when they do eat. Ultimately, it comes down to feeding your body right and limiting or avoiding the processed food consumption.
5. Don't eat right before bed:
It is best not to eat within 3 hours of going to bed for optimal metabolism, so that big steak can wait another day. The body uses energy while it is sleeping, but there's no need to grab a quick snack before bed, because the body uses stored fat for energy. This doesn't in any way mean that you'll lose weight by sleeping all day or taking frequent naps, because you burn much more calories while you're awake and active.
Eating right before bed causes heartburn flare-ups, which can mean waking up from that comfortable sleep and feeling like crap, trust me, I know what that's like.
Never get the idea that barely eating anything will boost your metabolism. Don't eat a bowl of soup a day as your only meal in effort to lose weight. Your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will go down as well. Follow these tips and your body will metabolize food much more effectively.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you!