You’ve probably learned that your body has a metabolism – you might know that it is the process of your body turning calories into usable energy and you also might know that a fast metabolism makes it easier to drop pounds. That’s not all it’s good for, though. Boosting your metabolism assists plenty of other bodily functions and can add up to significant health benefits over time. For improvement in your immune function, your fertility, your sex drive, your lean muscle mass, your energy, your brain functionality, your mood, your skin and nails, and your longevity – look no further than your metabolism.
Yes, your metabolism is pretty useful. Even better? There are natural ways you can help increase your metabolism – ways that are so incredibly simple, you can incorporate them into your everyday routine. Check out these six tips that will help you boost your metabolism.
Drink some coffee
Key word: some
Too much caffeine and you may find yourself nervous, nauseated, and awake at 4 in the morning. However, a cup or two a day may just increase your metabolic burn (and even reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes). This is due to the caffeine stimulating your central nervous system – resulting in an increase of your heart rate and breathing.
Start the day off right
When you wake up and forgo the most important meal of the day, your body goes into starvation mode that slows your metabolism in order to conserve energy.
Take Omega 3
Fish-oil supplements do wonder of increasing the activity of your fat-burning enzymes, and omega-3 does the job of regulating your metabolism.
Eat more calories
Cutting out too many calories can cause your metabolism to think times are tough and your body needs a drastic decrease in fat-burning in order to conserve energy. The trick is to eat enough calories to at least match your resting metabolic rate. (To calculate your metabolic rate, check out this link.)
Get a good night’s sleep
Beauty sleep is no myth. If you get less sleep than you should, it can throw off the amounts of leptin and ghrelin hormones that do the job of regulating energy use and appetite. So either go to bed early or sleep in late (if you’re lucky) and keep your body working the way it should.
Green tea is good
An active ingredient in green tea, catechin, has been found to crank up metabolism. Not only this, but a plant compound called ECGC found within the brew promotes fat burning.
The metabolism is a power aspect of your body that benefits not only weight loss and control, but plenty of other body functions as well. Taking steps throughout your day to boost your metabolism will improve many aspects in your day to day life – and they are simple, too!