Metabolism Do’s and Don’ts

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Kick your Metabolism with these Do’s and Don’ts

Chances are that you don’t have a metabolism that lets you eat as much as you want without ever gaining an ounce. Most of us have to deal with this. There are lots of things you can do to turn your body into an efficient fat-burning machine. They don’t include depriving yourself of food, doing anything unhealthy, or taking expensive fat-melting supplements that fail to deliver what they promise. All you have to do is avoid a few common mistakes and include some simple ways to boost your daily calorie burn.

Metabolism Don’ts:

  • Don’t cut your calorie intake too much. The fact that you gain weight easily is proof that your body likes to shift into fat-storage mode at the drop of a hat and going too low on calories is one of the easiest ways to trigger that reaction often referred to as starvation mode.
  • Don’t skip meals. Going too long between meals affects your body chemistry in ways that can make weight loss more difficult. Most people can manage their hunger and avoid cravings and overeating by spreading out their calories into four to five small, well-balanced meals or snacks during the day.
  • Don’t get too little of a shut-eye. More research is showing that chronic sleep deprivation plays a significant role in weight gain. Your body needs plenty of downtime for the internal housekeeping that keeps your metabolism in good working order.

Metabolism Do’s:

  • Build muscle. This is the most important action you can take to maintain a high metabolic rate while trying to lose weight. Strength training prevents you from losing a lot of muscle along with the fat you lose when dieting.
  • Be as active as possible. The more you use your muscles, the more calories you will burn. Moderate exercise like walking can burn three to six times more calories per minute than sitting still.
  • Don’t just sit. If you’re watching TV or sitting at your desk, get up frequently to do a few exercises. Keep those resistance bands and dumbbells nearby at all times, you can fit a complete strength training workout into the commercial breaks of a one hour TV show.
  • Exercise in the morning. Both strength and cardio exercises boost metabolism by increasing your calorie burn even after your session is done. You can get the most out of this perk by starting your day with a workout or by incorporating multiple exercise sessions into your day.
  • Try interval training. The harder you work, the more calories you will burn both during and after exercise, plus your fitness level will really improve.
  • Do mental exercises. Chronic stress disrupts the hormones that regulate everything from appetite to fat storage and can defeat even the best exercise and eating plans.

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