It’s always a chore trying to lose weight or put muscle on but once you reach a certain age your metabolism slows down making it even more difficult to achieve your goals. Metabolism is often described as a metabolic rate or the amount of calories that you burn, the higher your metabolism the more calories that you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off.
When you have a higher metabolism you will have a lot more energy and naturally feel better. Can I speed up my metabolism? well here are some tips to try out. Today I am going to talk about the metabolism and things you can do to speed it up. When you age your metabolism can tend to slow down, but don’t despair, about the time your metabolism starts slowing down is around the age of forty but if you follow these tips on how to speed up your metabolism, you will feel stronger and have more energy in no time.
Well I have seen fourty come and go so I have had an interest in this topic more now than ever so I have put together a list of some good ideas on how to speed up your metabolism so you can feel the energy and strength that you have come to know and love, it doesn’t matter what your age, all the things that I am going to cover are important for people of any age.
You and your metabolism
Many people don’t understand their metabolic rate, an important key to losing weight is understanding how it works. One thing that can affect your metabolic profile is nutrition.
Your metabolism can change to match your food intake which can be good if you’re not planning on losing weight. If you are planning on losing weight, as you eat less your metabolic rate drops so as to maintain its homeostasis which is the ability to maintain internal stability to compensate for environmental changes., everything revolves around maintaining the homeostasis.
Homeostasis is when your body maintains an average temperature, so the worst thing that you could do is to eat less. So to lose weight the best thing would be to not eat less but to rev up your metabolism.
Understanding your metabolic profile is important when choosing the right approach, you won’t respond to a diet in the same way as someone with different genetics. Following a diet that works for others may work for a while but as soon as your metabolism adapts to the diet your following then your results will more than likely flatten out which is one reason why most diets fail.
Signs of a slow metabolism
Now to weighing in on some signs of a slow metabolism, first of all some typical signs of a slow metabolism could be bloating and gas if you are one of those people that needs to have antacids with you everywhere you go you are definitely not alone, millions of Americans suffer from some sort of digestive problem which could include heartburn, poor digestion and malabsorption, this can lead to nutrient deficiencies, bodily aches, inflammation, fatigue and a slow metabolism
Your hormones can tend to get out of whack if your metabolism is low, you can end up with dry and scaly skin and thinning hair. If you’re having troubles with staying warm especially in the extremities could be another sign of having a low metabolism.
Signs of a blood sugar imbalance can include a craving for carbs and eating every two or three hours otherwise you risk getting a short fuse if you go without eating and if you fill your need with sweets and get your sugar fix, after your sugar high tapers off then your left wide open for your afternoon crash.
How to boost your metabolism
When your on a mission to lose weight it’s all about the foods that you eat and your lifestyle choices, these things that you do send signals to your body to move forward or break down, but once you know how to control your metabolism the journey is much easier. Here are some tips that will get your metabolism going.
After you finish eating dinner try not to eat anything the rest of the night so by the time you eat breakfast within two hours after getting up you will have gone for about a twelve hour fast, following this approach will prepare your body to burn fat when you wake up and if you eat one or two hours after waking up will help prevent your blood sugar from going up and down which will prevent your energy from dropping.
Try to avoid snacking and eat about every five hours you will avoid spiking your insulin and allow your body to dip into its fat stores for energy and to get a hold on your cravings be sure to eat lean trims of meat like chicken, tuna and fish and plenty of fiber for every meal.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is very important this alone can increase your metabolism by 25% the best way to do this would be to keep a water bottle with you and sip on it throughout the day except at meal time, if you continue to drink water while you eat this can dilute digestive enzymes that can break down food for absorption.
Another reason to stay hydrated is if you are dehydrated by just 2% can cause your workout performance to suffer, cause an inability to focus, decrease your alertness and promote signs of fatigue.
High intensity interval training
Other types of training like cardio doesn’t give your metabolism a boost like high intensity interval training (HIIT) does. The best time of the day to engage in (HIIT) is first thing in the morning, this will cause an oxygen deficit which in turn will cause greater fat loss.
Some people believe that once you reach a certain age typically around fourty your metabolism begins to slow and while this can be true you don’t need to remain stuck in this situation, there are plenty of techniques and tricks that you can do to reverse these effects.
Above I have covered a few facts on how to speed up your metabolism but to get you going on some more ideas I have added a list of further ideas on how to speed up your metabolism.
1. Eat plenty of lean protein like chicken, fish and tuna.
2. Drink plenty of cold water throughout the day except at meal time.
3. Do high intensity interval training in the morning.
4. If you lift weights, lift heavy.
6. Eat spicy foods.
7. Get a good night’s sleep, at least eight hours.
8. Drink your morning coffee, if your a coffee drinker.
9. Try yoga.
I hope that this information I have shared is of help to you and gets your metabolism going and gets you into the best shape of your life, remember getting older doesn’t mean that we need to start slowing down it just means pick up your feet and get moving faster.
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