The metabolism naturally slows with age as the body loses muscle, which makes it more difficult to burn fat. Your usual healthy eating and exercise routine might no longer be enough to maintain your weight. Try one or more of these tricks to help boost the metabolism and shed unwanted pounds.
Build muscle - Add resistance training to your workouts to build muscle. Muscle burns calories even when at rest, so you will be burning calories all day long. Weights, bands, or even body weight can be used in resistance training. Muscle also supports the bones and joints, which prevents injuries, and helps with posture to keep you standing tall. Working both upper and lower body muscles, as well as muscles on the front and back of the body will work your muscles evenly and increase overall strength.
Drink green tea - Green tea is a great low calorie alternative to sugary juices, high calorie coffee drinks, or caloric smoothies. It has also been shown to raise the metabolism and increase fat burning beyond the effects of its caffeine content. Green tea increases thermogenesis, which is the calories burned by the body while digesting and absorbing food. Although the calorie increase is slight, it is still worth noting. Green tea only contains about one-third the caffeine of coffee, so it will help you to avoid the usual post coffee caffeine crash that you might experience. These benefits alone make green tea a smarter drink choice.
Get plenty of sleep - Getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night, depending on the needs of your body, will allow your systems to function most efficiently. Sleep deprivation decreases calorie burning while at rest, and therefore limits overall caloric output. Being sleep deprived often leads to extra snacking and sugar cravings as well because the body is looking for a quick boost of energy. Temptation can seem greater when exhaustion sets in. Lack of sleep also effects workouts. You might skip a workout or not put in your full effort if your body is tired and feeling neglected. Try heading to bed earlier or taking a power nap to repay your sleep debt.
Eat real food - Eating whole, natural foods not only keeps your body fueled, but also makes your body work to break them down. As previously mentioned, thermogenesis burns calories, even if it is a marginal amount. Real foods also give your body the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients needed to function properly. Digestion will be at its best, muscles will take in the protein they need, and elimination will be quick and efficient. Finding 'real foods' can be made easy by shopping the outside aisles of the grocery store. Here you will find produce, meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Avoid the middle aisles to steer clear of temptation from artificial, sugary snacks.