Natural Metabolism Boosters

If your metabolism is sluggish you will lack energy, you may feel constantly tired and you may find it difficult to lose excess weight. Here are some tips to boost your metabolism.

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  •  Make sure you eat breakfast! Your body likes a constant supply of food which it can convert to energy to maintain your bodily processes. If you go for long periods without food your body will think it is being starved and will hoard energy in the form of fat.  Start the day  with a cup of water with a slice of lemon. This stimulates the liver and intestines to be ready for action. Then breakfast on something like a  smoothie, some porridge, a couple of boiled eggs with wholemeal or rye toast; i.e. foods which will sustain you for a number of hours by releasing their energy slowly.
  • Increase your muscle mass. Pound for pound muscle burns more calories than fat so increase your muscle mass with regular weight and resistance training.
  • Protein provides the building blocks for muscle, so eat some good quality protein such as eggs, fish, pulses, nuts, seeds, or soya with every meal. It also helps to slow the release of sugars from carbohydrates.
  • Regular exercise such as dancing, cycling, walking – and even housework – raises your metabolism both during the activity and for several hours afterwards.
  • Get enough Sleep!  During sleep the body releases leptin, a chemical that controls body fat.  Lack of sleep can lead to overeating and cravings for fattening foods.
  • Reduce alcohol.Watch your alcohol intake as drinking lowers the rate at which your body burns fat.
  • Drink green tea. Green tea has been shown to raise a person’s metabolic rate and to enhance fat burning.
  • Eat your greens. Make sure you eat plenty of dark green vegetables to provide plenty of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which are required in the chemical reactions required for a healthy metabolism.
  • Avoid sugary and fatty foods. These (often highly processed) foods are a burden to the body and dampen down metabolism because they are hard to process and yield few nutrients.
  • Think positive!  Start  each day by affirming that “I will enjoy foods that boost my metabolism and help me feel at my healthiest and best.”

Comments

  1. These are great reminders for me. I tend to already have a fast metabolism, but appreciate hearing new things. I love my green tea 🙂

  2. Chef William says:

    I am good with all but two the list, I still eat to much sugar and I don’t have a good sleep pattern, I work on the sugar problem but am yet to get over that desire for something sweet at night after dinner. My Sleep is about 6 hours at night and a mid day nap. I like it that way. I think because it has been a life style for many many years, my body has adjusted to it. I’m glad to see I meet most of the requirements.
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  3. I do everything on your list except exercise… which I can’t do at the moment (having trouble with my legs) and building muscle. I can’t go to the gym right now. 🙂

    I started changing eating habits 12 weeks ago and have lost a total of 33 pounds so far. It’s a rough road, this getting healthy – but worth it!

    Thanks for the reminders!
    – Bonnie
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