As the food industry is taking over the world, from 2 minute food videos to mirror finish cakes, a great deal of our thoughts are dominated by food. A lot of those thoughts end up on our plates. The gym has become an occasional thing in our busy lives. So as we struggle to study, work and pay our bills, our health takes a back seat. One of the most important things for our body is our metabolism.
To stay fit, it needs to keep up with our eating habits. The faster your metabolism, the better your body works towards getting rid of excess materials in your body, helping you keep off the extra pounds. When a friend can finish off a large packet of chips, ice cream and soda without gaining a pound but you having some chocolate results in bigger thighs, the difference is your metabolisms. There are some daily habits you can incorporate into your daily schedule to give your metabolism the boost needed:
- Don’t say no to breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they aren’t kidding. It helps you jump start your metabolism at the beginning of the day and then it stays active throughout. Studies suggest that people are a lot more likely to be obese when they skip breakfast. So go for foods that have high fiber carbs to keep your metabolism active and busy! It takes longer for your system to absorb them and prevent you from feeling hungry quickly!
- Don’t let go of the H2O!
Water is essential to your metabolism! A study at the University of Utah discovered that people who drank 8 to 12 eight glasses of water each day had higher metabolic rates than those who drank only four glasses. It also pays to drink the water cold because your body works on bringing the temperature to match your body.
- Protein Perks!
A protein rich diet is the way to go when you want to give your metabolism that push! Proteins take longer to digest because they are made up of amino acids that are more difficult to break down. So your system has to really work at it and stay busy! They also keep you feeling full ad help build muscle. Start off with protein in your breakfast and maintain it all the way to dinner. Build muscle instead of fat!
- Grab a cup and tea it up!
Green tea is the magic potion your metabolism needs. It contains ECGC, a plant compound that helps burn fat. Studies suggest that people who consumed up to three to five cups of green tea for 12 weeks managed to reduce around 4.5% of their body weight, resulting in a more fit and healthy body. So squeeze a few cups of green tea into your schedule!
- Milk your metabolism
Don’t let your metabolism miss out on any calcium! A calcium deficiency prevents your metabolism from working to its full capacity and slows it down instead. Calcium helps your body digest fat a lot more competently by increasing the speed at which it gets rid of fat as waste. And milk doesn’t stop helping you there! It also reduces fat absorption from other foods. While you can get calcium from other products, dairy products are your best option because it works best. So don’t let this one go!
- Take the stairs!
Don’t let those opportunities to squeeze some exercise into your hectic schedule pass you by! Take the stairs when you can, grab a couple of minutes of sit ups, walking around while on the phone, stretching your legs or taking a walk to short distances you need to travel helps your metabolism stay in motion and work faster. These short work out sessions can help you lose a lot of calories per day! All it takes is five minutes a few times throughout your day to rev up your metabolism and keep it active.
- Snooze or lose!
Getting enough sleep is very essential to our health. Your body needs to get enough rest to be able to function at full capacity. Sleeping less results in stress which significantly hinders and slows down your metabolism. It also causes lack of secretion of hormones leptin and ghrelin. These two hormones regulate energy use and appetite, helping your metabolism work more efficiently. Getting enough sleep regularly will sooth your system and help speed up your metabolism.
- Feel free to caffeine
According to a Japanese study, a cup of oolong tea per day can increase your metabolism rate by around 12%! Caffeine is a stimulant for the central nervous system and can bump your metabolism up 5-8%. So don’t miss out on the wonders of coffee and tea, they are in abundance. But be careful, too much consumption of caffeine can lead to nausea, insomnia and nervousness or other health problems!
To turn your life around, you can slowly start picking up these habits and push them into your day one by one. Before you know it, you will have incorporated all of this into your daily routine and things will start looking around. Your body will gradually work towards a faster metabolism, pushing it to perform better with each of these 8 habits. Not only will you be healthier on the inside, you will start looking and feeling it too!