How To Speed Up Your Metabolism
We all have that one friend who can eat out as often as they like, and never seem to gain a pound (and they’re not ordering salads!). As beautiful as the natural aging process is, unfortunately it comes with a process of slowing down. Much to our dismay, our body’s fuel burning system eventually lags as well. While some seemingly have no issues with this, others face a real struggle with their metabolism. Let’s look at a couple ways we can speed up this process.
We’ve all heard it time and time again, you must exercise! This seems to be the most resisted activity of all time. However, it is absolutely vital in speeding up your body’s metabolism. In fact it’s critical. If you’re serious about having a healthy body, you will provide it with the fuel to burn the “junk”. Something has to burn the “junk”, right? You wouldn’t buy a brand new car and never put the gasoline in would you? It would be pointless! So how can we expect to speed up our metabolism, lose the unhealthy weight (and feel fabulous!) without fueling our bodies?
Exercise fuels our bodies, specifically good ‘ole heart pumping exercise. Swimming, brisk walking or jogging (if you’re up for it) are great simple exercises to get your metabolism going. Of course those of you who are more active can do things such as kick boxing or other competitive sports to move things along. Nonetheless, exercise is the basic of basics to speed things up. (Be sure to do something that you enjoy, you don’t want to burn out on an activity that stresses you out.)
Next, the Breakfast of Champions! Yes, you are a Champion once you have made the decision to bless your body with the right balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein to start your day. You will want to limit your carbohydrates however, as these are what your body will burn through first. Your body’s cells will turn these carbohydrates into glucose for energy and will store the rest for a rainy day, so it’s not a good idea to eat them in excess. You just need enough. Once our bodies use up the glucose, they will turn to our fat stores for energy. The more fat we have, the more our bodies have to burn through. The less, the better. You get the idea. Now, lean protein is our body’s friend. It takes longer to break down, and is resourced once the carbohydrates and fats have been used up. So obviously we want to consume slightly more lean protein than carbohydrates and fat. Protein brings up the tail, if you will. Make a habit of eating lightly 5-6 times a day, with breakfast being the headliner, and you’re off to a great start.
Let’s review: exercise daily, if feasible, balance your meals with the right combination of carbohydrates, fat and protein (with an emphasis on breakfast to get your day going), and keep in mind that you are doing your body one of the biggest favors you can, speeding your metabolism in order to become the healthy, happy person you know you can be.