Improving metabolism is very important for anyone trying to lose weight or increase their energy level. We’ve all seen the ad on T.V. promising a faster metabolism if you take a pill, use a machine, join a diet program, etc. Unfortunately most of those items don’t work; there is rarely a quick fix in the diet and exercise world. But even if you’re unable to possess a racing metabolism you can maximize what you do have without wasting a lot of money and time.
Before you tweak your metabolism, you need to understand what it is. Very simply, your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. If you can improve your metabolism, you will lose weight faster and have more energy.
Eat frequent, light meals. It’s crucial to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even have small snacks in between. If you’re on a diet and you start skipping meals, you’re sending your body the message that food is scarce. Your body in turn goes into “starvation mode” and slows down. Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking and light meals or snacks every few hours thereafter. Don’t go more than four hours without food or you run the risk of slowing your metabolic rate. It’s also important not to eat too much at one sitting, so remember to keep those meals on the light side.
Exercise. Obviously you burn more calories when you’re exercising than when you’re at rest, so it’s important to work out at least a few times a week. But if you add weight lifting or any kind of resistance training to your workout you can permanently increase your metabolism. Exercise that builds muscle helps you burn more calories long term, since a pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat. Remember to refuel your body with a snack after your workout.
These are just a few guidelines that can help you rev your metabolism and increase your weight loss and energy.