Today we are talking about metabolism and it’s role in weightloss. So let us start at the top with a definition from Wikipedia.
Metabolism is a Greek work which refers to the set of life sustaining chemical reactions in organisms. The three main purposes of metabolism are: the conversion of food to energy to run cellular processes; the conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates; and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes.
Metabolism is essentially responsible for conversion of food to energy and other body caring processes. Your metabolism acts on the food eaten and ensures that you have energy and your body has the right classes of food for the different purposes it needs them for.
In other words, metabolism is important both for the release of energy and for the breakdown of food. Now metabolism plays a part in weightloss because if it is fast enough, your body will quickly absorb what’s needed and the excess won’t be absorbed but sent out as waste. What this implies is that you will quickly burn off the excess food and energy your body needs and thereby have more results in your weightloss.
Genetically, men have a higher metabolism rate and even some women too than others. That is why most times, your partner eats all that food and remains the same way for years and those your female friends too eat everything but never add a pound of fat anywhere.
Don’t fret however, because even if you have a normally slow metabolism rate, I am here to help you with a few tips that will make it faster, thereby amplifying your results.
Here are a few tips to help you;
1) Eat More Protein;
This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.
Protein causes the highest rate of TEF and can increase your metabolic rate by 15-30%.
2) Drink Cold Water;
your body has a regular temperature and every time you take cold water, your body needs to quickly heat it up to it’s normal temperature and as such, it causes a hike in metabolic rates.
3) Do More HIIT;
HIIT is a high intensity workout and works in short bursts of high intensity movements followed by a small rest time.
This forces your body to continue to recover long after your workout, such that you keep burning fat after it.
4) Lift Weights;
When you lift weights, you build muscle in your body. Asides the aesthetics of muscles, your body actually needs to maintain them and burns calories to do so.
Therefore, your metabolism is working all day to preserve these muscles and is therefore increasing it’s rate.
5) Take Spicy Food;
Peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that can boost your metabolism.
A studyof capsaicin, even showed that eating peppers would burn around 10 additional calories per meal.
This is good news for me and others like me who love a spicy meal.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, some healthy and safe ways to gradually increase your metabolism.
Which of these tips will you be incorporating?