We are all quite aware that America is a fast-paced and super-charged nation. So, of course it is of no great shock that its citizens boast being fast-paced as well. Unfortunately, that is not really the case in terms of the vast majority of Americans’ metabolism. This brief article is aimed to give you a few tips on several varying ways that you can speed up your metabolism to assist you in reaching your ultimate weight loss goals.
The first tip to boost your metabolism levels is more often than not the most overlooked one! Always remember to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. So many American’s are so quick to jump out of bed, into the shower, get dressed, grab coffee and get to work. And if they have kids, breakfast is even more likely to get overlooked as they are so busy getting their family out the door, they have even less time to get themselves going. Regardless of how busy you are, there really is no excuse to not eat breakfast. Make healthy and full of veggies breakfast burritos the night before and freeze them. Or maybe pop a piece of whole wheat toast in the toaster while you are tying your shoes. There is no excuse in the world to not fill your stomach before walking out the door. And in doing so, you will find your mid-morning crash far less likely to occur as your metabolic rate is increased by 10%. Fill yourself with fiber, protein and whole-grains and you will find yourself feeling fuller and more energized for a lot longer.
Following up on the eating breakfast tip; always remember to never skip meals or deny your body food when it is hungry. Food is our body’s fuel, and not eating or simply denying yourself only slows down your metabolic rates, which in turns leaves your body no choice but to burn its calories at a much slower rate.
Supplement your body with B vitamins (such as B6, B12, thiamin, niacin and folate). These vitamins are essential for metabolizing fat, protein and carbohydrates. Failing to supplement your body with these necessary vitamins will only leave you susceptible to feeling tired, depressed, while at the same time slowing your metabolism levels and increasing your risk for certain chronic diseases.
Feel free to snack! So many overlook healthy options in their fear of food while trying to lose weight. There is absolutely nothing wrong with snacking in mid-morning or the afternoon. Be sure to opt for healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fiber that will both fill and fuel your body. Veggies and hummus (about 2 tablespoons), yogurt with a small amount of granola, and fruits with peanut butter (be sure to measure if you are counting calories) are all really great choices! This will ensure you feeling less tired and less likely to overeat at your next meal time.
Fill your body with magnesium which is vastly important for your energy and metabolism levels. Be sure to fill your plate or snacks with leafy, dark greens, almonds, cashews, peanuts, halibut, soybeans, whole grains, oatmeal and beans.
When it comes to working out, strength training is incredibly important as muscle burns more calories than fat. For each pound of muscle that you have, can in turn burn up to 35 calories daily. In opposition to that, we find that each pound of fat only burns 2 calories. The more muscles you have, the more calories and fat you will end up burning.
Finally, (and related to working out), we find ourselves at utilizing and incorporating circuit training into our workouts as well. Alternating between intense, short bursts of energy and slower activity can help you burn calories faster and more efficiently than sticking with one level of a workout. If you are running, alternate with walk, jog, spring, and then some lunges for an added bonus. Interval training is also wonderful for your heart and lung health!
Regardless of which option (or all!) you choose to assist you in speeding up your metabolism, they can all work wonders in assisting you on your weight loss regime!