ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Keys To Boosting Your Metabolism

Updated on December 23, 2011

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.

Bonus Tip...

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!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)