5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism
By: Kayla Brown
Your metabolism is essentially the amount of calories your body uses to fuel vital functions such as breathing, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and the speed at which you burn off calories. If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important to understand the role that a high metabolism plays in your health in fitness lifestyle. If you have a higher metabolism, you’ll burn more calories during your everyday physical activities. And though your metabolism is mainly determined by genetics, there are certain lifestyle habits that can work to boost your metabolism!
1. Stay hydrated
Water is your best friend. Our body is 73% water – and for good reason. Your body needs a certain amount of water to process calories, so it is vital that you stay hydrated throughout the day. Try starting off the day with a glass of water, and then drink a glass of water before every meal.
2. Enjoy eating your omega-3’s
What do foods like salmon, tuna, herring and eggs have in common? Those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids that balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation, which works to regulate your metabolism!
3. Eat enough
We have been trained to think that calories are evil. And while you do need to cut calories to lose weight, cutting too many will work against your metabolism. Eat small snacks throughout the day and always eat three meals a day – starting out with a hearty breakfast every morning.
4. Make the most of your morning
Speaking of a hearty breakfast, it is crucial that you NEVER skip the most important meal of the day! Women who skip breakfast are 4 ½ times as likely to be obese. Whether its oatmeal, yogurt or a veggie omelet, you need to fuel your body during the early hours of the day.
5. High intensity workouts
Obviously exercise is important, but research has shown that a vigorous workout can help your burn almost 200 more calories even 14 hours after the session. If you don’t have time for a lengthy workout at the gym, alternate 60 seconds of an intense workout like running or biking, with a 60 second rest, and then repeat for 20 minutes.
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