Learning how to increase metabolism can drastically benefit your fitness goals whether they are to bulk up on muscle mass, slim down on body fat, or just generally tone and tighten your problem areas. Your nutrition accounts for over three fourths of your fitness which means that what you eat truly does affect who you are. Your metabolism is the chemical process that your body uses to convert food and water into a energy used to grow, heal, and effectively maintain life. By learning how to increase the effectiveness of your metabolism you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.
Learning How To Increase Metabolism
Remember that when it comes to fitness, having goals is important, but staying focused and dedicated to your goals before you ever start to see results is even more important. No matter how hard you train and how nutritiously rich your diet is, your results will never happen as quickly as you want them to. But there are things that you can do to help along the process, like increasing your metabolism. Here are a few quick and easy steps that you can take to increase your metabolism.
1. Determine Your Basal Metabolic Rate
Your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR is the amount of calories your body needs to function on a basic level. These calories are used to keep your vital organs running properly and your hormones on track, they serve no other purpose than keeping you alive. Once you find your natural BMR you can determine the amount of calories that you are need to consume based on your fitness goals and your activity levels.
Cutting calories and relying on nutritiously rich foods to attain those necessary calories is the best way to achieve weight loss, but eating less calories than your BMR requires will only result in an unhealthy lifestyle and a boomerang effect when you resume eating a normal and balanced diet.
2. Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinks with high sugar or caffeine counts dehydrate you, so it’s especially important that you drink plenty of water if you also enjoy a daily coffee, the occasional beer, or even a soft drink now and then. Water is the best drink choice when it comes to staying well hydrated, which you’ll have to be if you want to learn how to increase metabolism rates. By hydrating yourself properly, you make basic functioning easier on you body which directly affects your BMR. Basically the more you hydrate, the lower your BMR and the lower your BMR, the less calories you need to function which means that your body begins to run more effectively on less calories.
3. Get Enough Sleep
It might surprise you how much sleep you get actually affects your body’s functionality. Not only does your brain become muddled and your muscles become weaker the less sleep you get, but your hormones and other chemical processes like metabolism also slow down. On top of all of that sleep-deprivation can also cause your body to produce more ghrelin, a hormone that promotes hunger and may cause you to eat unnecessary calories. It may also increase cortisol production, a stress hormone that negatively affects your ability to control your blood sugar. Combine all of these together and you’ve got a recipe for disaster that should make you consider turning in a bit earlier tonight.
4. Maintain A Steady Blood Sugar Level
Maintaining a steady blood sugar level is as easy as eating a well balanced, nutrient rich diet, low in sugars. That means staying away from junk food, simple carbohydrates and fruit juices. Although whole fruits do contain simple sugars, they also contain a healthy dose of fiber which means they are safe to stay in your diet. Complex carbohydrates contain the right kinds of sugar to keep your energy levels up without spiking your blood sugar level. Keeping an even blood glucose read will help reduce cravings, improve appetite control and most importantly increase your metabolism.
5. Increase Your Muscle Mass
Muscles are more metabolically active than fat and bone which means that it uses more calories to perform its duties. In general this means that the more muscles you have the better your metabolism will work. This is good news because it means that as you progress through your fitness goals to become healthier and stronger you will be benefiting your metabolic health as well. The healthier that becomes, the easier it will be to gain strength. It’s all works together in a full cycle to improve your overall health and fitness slowly but surely.
On top of a regular exercise routine it is important to make sure that you are feeding your body properly so that it has the nutrients required to repair and build muscles after a grueling workout. That means balancing your macronutrients to meet your specific fitness goals and making sure that your protein intake is always on (or just over) par.
6. Understand That Your Metabolism Will Slow With Age
Age you age, your body changes in both positive and negative ways. One of the negatives happens to be that your metabolism will naturally slow over time. To date there is nothing that doctors or scientists have found to be a viable solution to this problem, so as of now it’s just something that we must live with. Keep this list on how to increase metabolism handy and work on improving your metabolism before you start to see a natural decline so that you have a better starting point to work from when the decline begins.
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