Natural Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

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If you’re looking to lose weight, then your metabolism can play a huge role in determining just how successful you actually are. The metabolism is like the body’s engine, constantly supplying it with the necessary energy required to complete normal everyday tasks.

The metabolism gets this energy from calories and food we consume, which it then converts into glucose, which is the body’s primary source of energy. As far as weight loss is concerned, the more efficient a metabolism is, the more weight you’ll be able to lose. This is because when the body needs energy and there is no food available, it then taps into your fat stores to provide it with the calories that it requires.

The more active you are, the more energy you need, and the more energy you’ll burn, in the form of body fat reserves. If you’re worried your metabolism may be running slowly, then fear not, because there are natural and effective ways in which you can boost it.

  • Strength and resistance training – If you’re worried that lifting weights will make you look like the incredible hulk, with veins popping out left right and centre, then stop, because without dedicating your entire life to bodybuilding, as well as possibly relying on some *ahem chemical assistance, you really have nothing to worry about. Weight resistance and strength training will however, help to tone your muscles, and will help you to build a little extra muscle mass. Muscle tissue requires far more energy to maintain than body fat, which is why muscular people require more calories than regular people. In order to keep supplying the muscles with these calories however, the metabolism has to work extra hard, thus increasing its overall efficiency.
  • Eat little and often – To really keep your metabolism burning like a furnace, you need to keep feeding it with energy. This may sound silly, but if you starve yourself all day, the metabolism slows down, meaning you burn less calories. The trick is to keep eating every three hours or so, but only eating small healthy meals. Think of the metabolism like a steam engine. To keep it burning as its hottest, you don’t dump an entire vat full of coal onto it in one go, you continuously feed it with shovels full of coal instead. Well, think of the coal as your food, and you get the idea.
  • Eat more protein – Protein is thermogenic, which basically means that in order to be properly digested and broken down, the body has to work harder than it would with other food sources. As the body is working harder, it’s therefore using more energy, which means the metabolism burning more calories in order to supply this energy. Salmon and red meat are especially beneficial as they contain minerals such as zinc and iron, and the salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are unbelievably healthy and good for us, for a whole variety of reasons, including the fact that they help to boost and then regulate the metabolism.

7 Comments

  1. Lily M.

    I do strength training 5 times a week and without a high protein diet I wouldn’t be able to stand up straight at work. The moment I decided to reduce my calorie intake I immediately notice a severe decrease in my energy and I feel beaten down. The key to a successful weight loss is a great balance between your workout and the amount of fuel you put in your body.

  2. Lisa

    I have been worried about strength training for the reason listed above. I didn’t know that it will help speed up your metabolism. Time to get started! I have heard that eating six small meals a day is better than 3 larger portions. I will have to get back to doing that again. I don’t like seafood and am not really big on eating meat. Do you have any other ideas for healthy proteins that can help with speeding up metabolism?

  3. Sophia

    I never thought that muscle training could actually help increase metabolism. This is a great thing to learn though. I am a sufferer of relatively bad metabolism so it is great to learn that there are a few methods that I am not currently doing that could help improve it further.

  4. Jennifer

    Resistance training is important! I see lots of women concentrate ONLY on cardio and do it for hours and hours, without realizing that weight training provides benefits and increases metabolism long after your workout. Good tips.

  5. Helena

    Strength training is MORE important than cardio for weight loss in my opinion as you burn calories for much longer after than with cardio. Building lean muscle also gives you a better shape.
    I am currently using a diet whey protein to increase my protein intake.

  6. Chloe

    Natural methods like this are my favourite. You just need to do the hard work with things like this and as far as I am concerned, natural methods are the only way to go.

  7. Rose

    I was worried about strength training but I soon got over it. I started out with light weights. I notice I am stronger and I can pick up things more easily. I also like the idea of eating little amounts of food often. I usually feel more energized doing this. I feel so sluggish when I eat large amounts at one time.

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