4 Hacks to Boost Your Metabolism

By on November 10, 2015
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The world metabolism is often misused in recent times. This is why it is important to know what the word metabolism really means and what it stands for. The United States National Library of Medicine defines it as all the processes in the body that make use of energy. But the word (metabolism) is often used by people when discussing issues that relate to weight. In fact, if anyone is struggling with the numbers on the scale, that person will most probably blame it on metabolism.

Today, you will normally hear people say that they have slow or fast metabolism and they use this to describe their weight lose ability or how they maintain their normal weight. A lot of people are aware that the rate at which they burn calories can be reduced or increased by them but only a few of these numbers know how to do this.

It has been proven that those factors such as daily habits, health conditions and even gender can affect metabolism. In this article, therefore, some things about metabolism which will serve as a key to maintaining a healthy weight will be discussed. Without wasting time, therefore, let us get to the main things.

Your RMR

The acronym RMR stands for your resting metabolic rate and it is what most people are interested in. It is that amount of calories (energy) that is burnt why you are sitting around. Although this can be estimated with the use of online calculators, the figure is not normally accurate because it does not put your muscle-to-fat ratio into consideration.

According to Dr. Cederquist, a better way to accurately determine your RMR is to consult your doctor who will do a calorimeter test for you. The test will measure the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe out and use it to determine your RMR.

Consuming more protein can boost metabolism

In a study conducted in 2012 and published in the journal of the American Medical Association, it was discovered that protein can actually increase the number of calories individual burns. This was concluded after a group of people who were fed with lots of calories even more than they required alongside a high protein diet tend to have a higher RMR than those who had theirs alongside a low protein diet.

It is however advised by Dr. Cederquist that lean proteins such as fish and chicken be chosen as against fatter cuts. Also, it is important that only a small quantity of these is consumed in a day to ensure the best result.

Simple carbohydrates are metabolism busters

Sodas and doughnuts are avoided by a lot of weight losers, but they often ignore the need to avoid simple carbohydrates like crackers and white bread due to ignorance. They are unaware that these simple carbohydrates can slow down their weight loss process.

When you consume these simple carbohydrates, it makes your insulin level to rise and this enhances the storage of sugar (for future use) as fat. A better eating habit to develop is the consumption of high-quality carbohydrates such as beans and legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Metabolism is enhanced by more muscle mass

When was the last time you exercised? Exercise can help build up your muscles and this can help your body burn more calories even when at rest. This was explained by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

In another study published in July 2015 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was discovered that a person’s resting metabolic rate can be raised by 5% if such a person consistently undergoes strength training for a period of nine months. Don’t you think you should try this out?