Don’t ignore how important your metabolism is. It’s quite simply, the science behind maintaining a healthy weight and body. Your metabolism is the set of biochemical processes that transform food into body fuel. And with all the chemical processes that continuously go on inside your body, if you can influence your metabolism it can make a big difference. Here are some ways you can make over your metabolism:
STOP CRASH DIETING
Though your slow metabolism might be reason for your weight gain in the first place. One of the worst things you can do is to crash diet. By drastically lowering your food intake, your body will think something is seriously wrong and it will go in to what can be described as survival mode, which means that it will slow down your metabolism completely because it thinks you are being starved. This is opposite of what you want to happen!
DO SOME H.I.I.T
One way to give your metabolism a makeover is to try H.I.I.T. or high-intensity interval training. Your metabolism is a direct product of your activity levels, which means that when you are resting, your metabolism will be slow. Getting involved in higher intensity workouts means that you will be exposing your body at much stronger levels of activity on a regular basis, and consequently, your metabolism will pick up the pace to stay in accordance with your physicality.
GET REGULAR SLEEP
Along with good exercise, good sleep is also a key component to kick starting your metabolism. Getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night will boost your energy levels and naturally increase your productivity. It has also been discovered that people who only get an average of 4 hours of sleep a night burn calories much slower than those who get seven to eight hours.
TURN DOWN THE HEATING
As a general population trend, we are all living in environments that are too warm for our metabolisms to really flourish. Evidence has shown that reducing the temperature of your living space can cause something called non-shivering thermogenesis which helps to activate the ‘good’ brown fat that naturally protects you instead of the white fat that stores excess calories. Basically, being slightly colder is better for your metabolism.
It sounds like an obvious tip to give but it’s worth repeating. The truth of the matter is that a healthy diet promotes a healthy metabolism, and the healthiest diets are those that avoid excessive amounts of sugar. Don’t let your body become too accustomed to high-carb foods because it will accept those as the norm and your metabolism will slow down as a result. Not to mention the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The image of people who lift weights as these huge body builders is false, and resistance and strength training is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise today. While it is about calories and weight loss, gaining a leaner body and greater muscle mass is critical for staving off the possibility of type 2 diabetes, and this glucose control also helps to kick start your metabolism and keep it working the way you want it to.