A group of hormones and enzymes make up what is known as your metabolism. These hormones and enzymes work together to convert what you into fuel for your body and also control how efficiently your body uses that fuel. In short, your metabolism is essentially how fast your body burns off calories; resulting in either weight gain or weight loss. While some people may have a slower metabolism due to genetics or other factors, there are ways to boost your metabolism. Here are a few tips and tricks for boosting your metabolism to help you lose weight.
6. Stop Dieting
By “dieting,” I mean calorie cutting. Sure, you shouldn’t be taking in excessive levels of calories but you shouldn’t be starving yourself either. By cutting calories, your body stores more and your metabolism slows down. You can find out your ideal calorie intake at: MyPyramind.Gov
Laughter is truly the best medicine, and here’s why: a study done by researches at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University discovered that people who genuinely laughed were able to increase their metabolism rate up to 40 calories. Sit down and enjoy a few laughs with family, friends and a funny movie―just keep an eye out for excessive snacking.
4. Eat Breakfast
Eat breakfast. Period. There is absolutely no way around this! By eating breakfast, you can increase your resting metabolism by as much as ten percent. Breakfast also reduces the risk of developing diabetes or becoming obese. Just make sure you choose healthy breakfast foods like fresh fruits and whole wheat toast.
Drink water, and lots of it! Eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day is ideal and the colder the better! By drinking cold water, your body has to burn extra calories to heat up the water to body temperature. Plus, water is vital for the energy-burning process of your metabolism.
2. Portion Control
Portion control is vital in boosting your metabolism. If your food intake is too high, your metabolism cannot keep up and therefore excess fat gets stored and the number on the scale goes up. If you’re like most people, you’re not able to carry around measuring cups and spoons with you. Here’s a couple tips regarding portion control on the go: one first is the equivalent of one serving of fruit; two cupped handfuls are the serving size of leafy green vegetables; one cupped hand equals a a serving of grain or cereal and your palm is the equivalent of a serving of meat.
You knew it was coming: exercise. Exercise is a great way to boost your metabolism. By exercising, you can boost your metabolism as you’re exercising but also keep that boost for hours after you’ve exercised. Some studies have even shown that exercising in the morning can help boost your metabolism all day.
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