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Metabolism Booster: 5 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

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Metabolism

Metabolism is the process of converting food into energy. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and the odds of gaining weight is greater. The reason why this happens is that as we get older, we naturally lose muscle mass. Hence, the importance of strength training.

Here are 5 ways to increase metabolism:

(1) Lift Weights

lift weights

Muscle requires more calories than fat. Therefore, having more muscle mass will burn more calories; even while resting and sleeping. Not only will strength training increase your metabolism, but it will also strengthen your bones.

(2) Eat a Healthy Breakfast

healthy breakfast

Starting off your day with a healthy breakfast will kick start your metabolism. If your body goes into starvation mode, your metabolism will slow in order for your body to conserve energy. Therefore, even if you’re hungry between meals grab a healthy snack. The “do not eat” diet may seem as if you’re losing weight (most of that is probably water weight) for the period of time you’re starving your body, but as soon as you start eating again your body will continue to hold onto the body fat. In this case, you could end up with an increase in body fat.

(3) Eat Protein with Every Meal

protein

Protein helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. Having protein ensures that you’re protecting (or maintaining) the muscle mass you currently have. It also helps with building muscle mass. If you’re strength training, it’s important to ensure you have enough protein since protein helps build muscle mass. Typically, the recommended intake of protein is approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day.

(4) Get Enough Rest

sleep

Sleeping is a way for our body to repair and restore itself. This means you’ll be able to smash your next workout and thus, burn more calories. On the other hand, not getting enough sleep puts your body at stress and studies have shown that when the body is under stress it tends to hold onto fat (ie. fat around the waistline). Also, you tend to have more cravings for food when not getting enough rest.

(5) Drink Plenty of Water

drink enough water

Keeping hydrated helps with digestion and as a result metabolism. Studies have found that drinking water increases your metabolic rate; even mild dehydration slows down your bodies ability to burn calories. Also, drinking more water reduces appetite which results in smaller meals.

Be sure to check out a previous post on the best foods to eat to get in shape.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Lily

    Something we all pretty much know already but don’t stick to.. haha

    May 24, 2017 at 3:29 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Hopefully this will give you inspiration to stick to it. 🙂

      May 24, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Vicky Goh

    I agree to all of the above as I’ve been doing them and my metabolism rate is really good… Keep up the good work!

    May 24, 2017 at 6:30 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s excellent! Thanks for reading.

      May 24, 2017 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Sherry

    I agree on enough rest is important, it’s about giving body and mind rest as well.
    Thats why weekend usually I sleep longer, no need awake early to send kids school.

    May 24, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Resting your body and mind is definitely important! Thanks for reading!

      May 24, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Jiashinlee

    Great tips I personally think eating breakfast is very important.

    May 24, 2017 at 9:18 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes, it jump starts your metabolism and provides energy to start the day. Thanks for reading.

      May 24, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Bella Leong

    Thanks for sharing these great tips, a great start to lose some weights

    May 24, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you and good luck! Please check out other posts which may also be helpful with your fitness journey.

      May 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Emily

    I need the rest. I think it’s a problem that many adults working in cities are suffering from!!

    May 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes, it seems that life has become so busy! Thanks for reading.

      May 28, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Hui Ying Fong

    great post!!!I should having a good breakfast every morning!

    May 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thanks for reading 🙂

      May 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

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