Have you ever heard the terms high or low “metabolism?” It has actually become a popular term within the health & fitness community and is commonly used by people who seem to have a difficult time losing weight.
“I have a low/slow metabolism.”
(Heard it a zillion times.)
The term “metabolism” refers to the amount of energy (calories) you burn each day. While your metabolism is not the main factor in your weight loss and fat loss efforts, it still does play a role and increasing it can help you burn calories and fat faster.
Here are some awesome tips that will help boost your metabolism and maximize your efforts:
Drink Plenty Of Water And Stay Hydrated.
Staying hydrated will cause your body to maintain its ability to perform important functions. Staying hydrated will not only cause you to feel fuller longer but it will also cause your body to use more calories, turning your food into ENERGY. Becoming dehydrated can be a metabolism disaster as your body will not only confuse the thirst for hunger but also use less calories, sending your energy levels to rock bottom. (Nobody likes their energy levels at rock bottomJ.)
Resistance Training And Weightlifting.
Although some people exaggerate its effects by saying things like, “I don’t lift weights because I don’t want to get too buff,” weightlifting does help increase metabolism by helping to increase and improve lean muscle (no, nothing exaggerated like bodybuilders and power lifters).
To maintain each pound of muscle, your body burns roughly 5 calories per pound of muscle each day. To maintain each pound of body fat, your body burns roughly only 1 calorie per pound of body fat.
What does it mean? It means that increasing the amount of muscle your body has will increase the amount of calories your body burns overall each day.
Moral of the story, lift weights. No, you won’t get too big and crazy buff. Yes, you will burn more calories, improve lean muscle and increase your metabolism.
Intake Enough Protein.
We had to list this one after the weightlifting tip because this macronutrient (protein) is what will facilitate the muscle progress you can/will achieve by lifting weights. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and without eating sufficient protein, your weightlifting efforts will yield much less than what you are capable of. Another, while digesting protein, your body burns more calories than it does while digesting carbohydrates or fats.
Simply stated — eat more protein.
Eat Carbohydrates That Are Rich In Fiber.
Simple carbohydrates (i.e. sugary and starchy foods) and carbohydrates that have low fiber content are fairly easy for your body to digest which means that your body won’t burn a lot of calories during digestion. On the contrary, carbohydrates that are rich in fiber (i.e. whole grains, fruits, legumes, beans, vegetables) take longer for your body to burn and will in turn burn more calories in order to digest.
Sticking to these tips will give your metabolism a much needed boost if you’re not already doing so. As mentioned earlier, these tips for boosting your metabolism are not the main factor for achieving weight loss and results but they definitely will help. Here’s one more tip that should be obvious but we’re going to mention it anyway… If you’re overeating and taking in too many calories, it will completely cancel out the benefits of the tips mentioned in this blog article, so be very mindful of your overall intake while following these tips. Remember, all it takes one tasty snack or the wrong portion size to put you well over your recommended daily intake. Fight the temptations and follow the game plan. Trust us, it really works.
Yours in health,
Coaches Jonathan and Eric