How To Speed Up Metabolism?
What Is Metabolism and How Does It Really Work?
Enhancing metabolism is not an easy task, yet it’s still possible – the key lies in a healthy diet and a good choice of food. Try some of the following metabolism boosting tips, and you’ll be pleased with the results.
The digestive system is like a machine room of the body, and the main driving process in there is metabolism which transforms food into energy, although food is not the only thing that matters. Your intestines have numerous nerves, and stress can slow down various chemical processes. Whereas, when you’re relaxed, they speed up. Taking this into consideration, one shouldn’t be surprised that slow metabolism causes drowsiness, weight gain and, probably, illnesses, considering that our immune system ‘resides’ mostly in the intestines.
How to boost it?
In order to learn how to speed up metabolism we need to understand how it actually works. Metabolism is closely related to natural body cycles: it wakes up at the dawn, is at its peak during the midday, slowing down towards the evening, eventually falling asleep. Now let’s compare it with the rhythm of a modern person: late breakfast (sometimes even non-existent at all), late dinner and heavy dinner right before going to sleep. No wonder that such a schedule leaves metabolism NO choice but to slow down during the day and to work hard during the night, turning your morning into something sluggish. If the description fits you, I suggest re-considering your timetable in order to adjust your digestion to natural rhythms, improving both your body and mood.
How to speed up metabolism in 5 easy steps:
1. Eat fruits for breakfast
Metabolism speeds up by 10 AM and fruits come in handy – they can be digested and provide necessary energy very quickly. You may have noticed that after eating an apple or orange, 20 minutes later you feel hungry again. This is a positive sign as showing that fruits got digested, your body is working well and is ready for an early lunch.
2. Don’t consume carbohydrates before sleep
You are staring to relax after 6 PM, which is why it is not recommended that you eat heavy food in the evening. Carbohydrates produce energy, and if you consume them before sleep, your body stores it as fat. And if you skip bread, pasta and rice in the evening, you’ll see the opposite – the body will burn calories during the night.
3. Go to sleep as early as you can
If you are used to going to bed well after 12 AM, the next fact shall be quite interesting. It has been discovered that the lack of sleep increases the levels of stress hormone and sugar in blood. Such a way of life leads to lowering the level of Leptin, the hormone of satiety that suppresses hunger. Whereas, it increases the level of Ghrelin the ‘hunger hormone’ – the one that makes you feel peckish. As a result, your body will always think that it’s time to get some food, making you eat more than it is necessary.
4. Eat fresh vegetable salads
Fiber is the best exercise for the intestines. Salads contain little calories, which is why you can eat them as much as you want. Vegetables are also rich with ferments that induce many useful processes inside your body, as well as liquids that help maintaining water balance in the intestines and, of course, speeds up metabolism.
5. Have a protein packed breakfast
A high-protein breakfast may help preventing body fat gain and reduce calorie intake throughout the day due to the blood sugar level management. It helps to control hunger and reduces snacking, binge eating which is also very beneficial to a healthy lifestyle and weight management.