Hi there! HAPPY Monday!!
After a long break, I'm SOOOOO excited to be posting again! I don't even know where to begin, so lets just say that I'm baaaaack and looking forward to posting FITastic topics with you!! While I was away, I certified as a Weight Loss Specialist, so I can now add that to my growing education. I'll be posting every Monday AND Thursday. If you subscribe to this website then you won't miss anything! Come on...you know you want to...lol :D
Many of us associate "metabolism" with a categorization of a person's body type by either stating that they have a fast metabolism (thin people) or a slow metabolism (overweight people).
Metabolism refers to how much energy your body uses and many measure it by how many calories you burn in a day. A standard method to measure your metabolism is calculating BMR (basal metabolic rate), which measures how many calories you burn in a resting state. If needed, there are plenty of websites out there to help you determine your BMR ;)
The following are tips to help you increase your metabolism, so you can feel healthier for Fall! And...the Holidays are right around the corner!!
DRINK WATER! Studies have shown that drinking water can stimulate your metabolism up to 30 percent!! That said, make sure you carry a water bottle with you daily. The boost in metabolism starts to work just 10 minutes after you start drinking. Bring it on :D
COMSUME PROTEIN! Protein has a greater thermogenic effect then carbs and fats. Protein is also much harder to digest then carbs and fats. It has thousands of molecules that must be broken down before digestion. All this leads to a faster metabolism.
EAT 4 TO 6 SMALLER MEALS A DAY! As mentioned above, digesting foods will stimulate your metabolism. Professionals agree that smaller, more frequent meals will keep you from overeating and stimulate your metabolism, leading to fat loss. Plan smaller and healthy meals throughout the day.
WEIGHT TRAINING! Many of us don't realize how much weight training can have on our metabolic rate!! When we train with weights, we break down muscle tissue and we push our heart to supply the stressed muscles with blood. This elevates the heart rate considerably, thus burning fat as the heart is pumping and you're utilizing oxygen at a higher rate. All of this will stimulate your metabolic rate and help with burning fat. If that's not enough, the broken down muscle needs to repair, thus stimulating your metabolism again. Weight training produces amazing results, as it works in many different ways.
AVOID STRESS! Stress has been proven to slow down your metabolism. In this crazy and busy world we live in, stress can be hard to avoid in our lives...lol! Meditation and yoga have been proven to help reduce stress and great in helping us calm down. My favorite stress reducer is laughing! Laughter is known to be the best medicine and one of the most fun ways to speed up your metabolism!! Laughing may go a long way as just 10 minutes of laughter per day can actually burn energy :D
I hope you found the above tips helpful! Or, perhaps you're already familiar with these and you can incorporate a couple or ALL of them in your life!! These tips will help you live a more energetic and fit lifestyle. Do you have any tips that you could share? I'd love to hear what you would suggest!! Bring it on in the comments section!!!
Have a healthy week! Of course, have a great day too!!
I'll see you on Thursday :)
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist