Most times, you will hear people blaming their inability to lose or gain weight as desired on their metabolism– these people are not wrong. It is after all scientifically proven that a higher metabolism burns calories faster, and this results in a more leaner physique.
However, that does not mean that heavier people automatically have a slower metabolism; there are other factors that can sometimes come into play.
Regardless, the concept of certain people having an easier time maintaining a healthier weight may not seem fair and rightfully so. But nature has a way of always evening the playing field, and in this case, this happens to be old age. As you get older, you lose muscle mass and the less muscle you have, the less energy you require to maintain it, resulting in a slower metabolic rate. Regular exercise and strength training can increase the longevity of muscle mass and create resistance to muscle loss due to old age.
So, what exactly is Metabolism?
In simple terms, Metabolism refers to the biochemical process that allows your body to break down food and water consumed to produce energy for immediate or later use. Your body then relies on this energy to regulate body temperature, breathe, and carry out other life-sustaining functions.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the rate at which your body converts calories into useable energy when you are at complete rest. There is also a BMR calculator that shows you the number of calories that you burn daily.
Benefits of boosting your Metabolism
Having a healthy metabolism is important, especially since it is responsible for vital body functions such as cell growth and repair. Increasing your Metabolism will, therefore, give you more energy, help you lose and maintain a healthy weight, ultimately improving how your body functions.
Let’s get into a few tips that are guaranteed to help you boost your Metabolism.
Eating the right foods.
Eating food will increase your Metabolism for a while because of the energy it takes to digest the food, and this is called the thermic effect of food. If you want long-lasting results, then you will need to incorporate the right kind of foods in your diet.
Increasing the protein in your diet is one way of achieving this since proteins build muscle mass, which we established earlier needs a higher metabolic rate to preserve. You will also need to increase your water intake because the water supports protein synthesis.
I know by now you have made the correlation that less fat means a higher metabolic rate, but you should not turn to extreme measures such as starvation to reduce fat. A balanced diet and exercise are all you need to boost your Metabolism.
Exercise, especially cardio or high-intensity interval training burns a ton of calories due to the bursts of energy needed to carry out these activities. Exercising will burn fat and calories, increasing your metabolic rate, which will continue to burn calories even after your work out.
In short, staying active burns calories and helps to keep the weight off, ultimately improving your Metabolism.
I know its cliché, but water is life, and our body needs water to function. Digestion tends to be slower when you are dehydrated. This then slows down the rate at which your system can detoxify itself and process the nutrients from the food you have been ingesting. The result is weight gain caused by a slower metabolism.
Did you know that we lose muscle mass each year as we grow older? Muscle loss results in a slower metabolism making it beneficial to engage in activities that build muscle mass such as weight lifting. You see, strengthening your muscles trains them to resist this process, increasing their longevity and the energy required to maintain them.
Consume metabolic boosting minerals and vitamins
Introducing specific vitamins and minerals can help your body to work more efficiently, raising your metabolic rate. Eating green vegetables that are naturally rich in magnesium, Vitamin B, and C improves your metabolic functions by converting certain nutrients into energy and hastening the detoxifying process. Adding food rich in minerals and vitamins to your diet will result in weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
You can also drink certain green teas and eat root vegetables that contain enzymes which convert fat into energy boosting your body’s metabolism function.
Midnight snacking is one of the coping mechanism of sleep deprivation, and it leads to weight gain. This is because your Metabolism slows down at night, and whatever you eat won’t probably be broken down to energy until after you’ve had your breakfast. Slow digestion makes losing weight difficult since sometimes you will two to three undigested meals just sitting in your system, and it all started when you couldn’t fall asleep.