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Simple Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

Mar 5th, 2013

Boost Your MetabolismHealthy diet and exercise can boost your metabolism to help you lose weight. Increasing metabolism is necessary to burn more calories, get rid of fat, and lift your energy throughout the day. While your metabolic rate is generally dictated by your gender, age, and physical activity, you can certainly take control of your metabolism in several ways.

Exercise

Exercise will boost your metabolism during and after workouts, says MayoClinic.com. Physical activities increase breathing, heart rate, and blood flow, helping you use up and burn your stored calories and fats. Aerobic exercises like running, cycling, and swimming boost metabolism to help you burn calories and lose some weight.

Slow Down

You can burn more calories by using slow and controlled movement when lifting weights. This engages more muscles for a longer period of time, which consumes more energy. Slower movement breaks down more muscle tissues which boosts metabolism during the repair process. Choose the right weight that gets you tired by the end of the set. Doing so shocks your muscles and helps avoid plateaus.

Interval Training

Interval training shortens your workout and increases your metabolism at the same time. Alternating high and low intensity exercises increases fat-burning enzymes. Try interval running for starters: run at maximum speed for 8 seconds, followed by 12 seconds of easy walking. Complete 10 reps in 20 minutes.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

A healthy breakfast helps kick-start your metabolism. It is so important since skipping breakfast slows down metabolism to conserve energy; a process that stores fats. Several studies have associated skipping breakfast with the increase in obesity rates. Opt for complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Drink Coffee

Caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate and breathing, leading to increased metabolism. You can also combine coffee with a cup of ice cold water to stimulate the nervous system and increase your average metabolic rate even further.

Omega Fish Oil Supplements

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that taking fish oil supplements in combination with a healthy exercise routine, speeds up metabolism and increases the activity of fat-burning enzymes.

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