Rev up Your Metabolism
It’s the rare person who’s not looking to boost their metabolism. After our third decade, this begins to become more true, and definitely after the fourth, when the big 4-0 announces to our metabolic system that it’s okay to slow down even further.
Higher metabolism means we can eat more without gaining weight. So how can we do it safely?
3 Ways to Increase Metabolism Naturally and Safely:
- An active lifestyle increases metabolism
- Strength and resistance training using heavier weights and powerful bodyweight exercises.
- High intensity interval training
3 tips for a Faster Metabolism from Health Magazine:
Make workouts a regular thing
“Doing cardio exercise three to five times a week is associated with a higher metabolic rate at rest,” says Wayne Westcott, PhD, professor of exercise science at Quincy College, in Quincy, Mass. That means that even when out of the gym, your body is burning above and beyond what it would have had you never hauled butt over there. And there’s new research to show how you can boost your rate while you’re exercising, too.
Don’t blow off lifting
A pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat. Up to nine times the amount, in fact. “Lifting weights is the top way to stave off age-related metabolic drop,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Have a bedtime snack (gasp!)
Forget what you think you know about not eating after 8 p.m. Two recent Florida State University studies found that having 150 calories about 30 minutes before you go to sleep—that’s an extra 150 calories added to your day, not taken out of your daily allotment—boosted metabolism in the morning, compared with having none. For best results, your p.m. snack should be protein (we like low-fat milk or cottage cheese). The one caveat is that this applies only if you’re exercising regularly. But you are, aren’t you?
My highest recommendation goes to working out!
I started my fitness journey about one and a half years back. The changes I felt in my metabolism were impressive after regular exercise. I could eat more while still losing weight. I felt great about myself. I could walk longer distances and do more of practically everything! Although I was conflicted between whether to do more strength training or more cardio, I discovered a personal inclination towards the strength and resistance training using free weights, machines and body weight exercises. “Strength Training vs. Aerobic Activity…Let the Battle Begin” is a good read on the subject.
6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism, Health Magazine
Strength Training vs. Aerobic Activity…Let the Battle Begin, BestFitLife
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