Top Tips for Boosting Metabolism
1. INCREASE YOUR IDLE SPEED
Exercise is an important component of speeding up your metabolism. A car idling at the stoplight is burning gas, but not as much as the car going 100 on the open road. It’s the same with our bodies. You have to get moving. A great goal to aim for 30-60 minutes of exercise three-to-five days a week on a consistent basis. Ensure it is something you enjoy as you are more likely to do it on a regular basis.
2. ADD SOME GARLIC
Allicin, a compound in garlic that gives garlic its flavour has significant antioxidant properties which fight the free radicals (bad guys) in our bodies. While garlic may not impact on boosting metabolism directly, its effect on reducing inflammation helps with reducing stress and lowering blood pressure both of which contribute to improved health and energy and fat utilisation.
3. SLEEP MORE
Sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity and emotional well-being. That also includes our metabolism. When you’re tired, you feel sluggish and don’t have the energy that you would if you had a good night’s rest — the average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours. A tired and sluggish person equals a tired and sluggish metabolism, which means you have a slow metabolism.
4. PROTEIN POWER
Having a nutrition plan that favours high quality protein in your meals can promote leanness and boost your metabolism. Protein foods require the body to burn more calories to digest and absorb the food than foods that are mainly carbohydrate based. Try chicken drumsticks for a snack or some eggs for breakfast instead of the cereal and see how you feel.
5. GO GREEN
Green tea contains high levels of catechin antioxidants that can boost your metabolism and promote fat loss. Try as an afternoon booster with some coconut shavings or brazil nuts as a snack or use chilled green tea as a base for your smoothies.