Your metabolism is what keeps you going throughout each day, converting food into fuel for your body. This energy that is produced helps us do everything from thinking to moving. Often as people age their metabolism will begin to slow, leading to weight gain. This is due to no decrease in food consumption but a decline in their ability to turn the food into fuel. There are a variety of ways you can boost your metabolism just by making a few lifestyle changes. Here are four easy and simple tricks for getting your metabolism moving in the right direction.
Interval training is an excellent way to boost your metabolism and also get a solid workout in a short amount of time. This type of training allows your metabolism to burn at a higher level for a longer period after the end of your workout. Training in intervals is simple; you do one exercise full out for sixty seconds or a few minutes then allow yourself a minute of relaxed pace or resting time. For example, if you’re running you would push yourself hard for three minutes and then walk or slow jog for a minute, repeating this pattern for about twenty to thirty minutes. Your metabolism will continue burning for hours and hours after your workout is done.
Switch Out Coffee for Tea
Tea is rich in catechins, an antioxidant, which helps spike your metabolism, burning more calories. Although black coffee is a good source of caffeine and does help burn calories, tea has a slight advantage over coffee in how long it can keep your metabolism raised. Tea can be incorporated into a balanced diet but shouldn’t be over-consumed, just like any other food. Try switching out your coffee for tea and see if you can tell a difference in your energy.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Shortly after you wake up, you should also be waking up your metabolism with a nutrient-rich breakfast. To keep your metabolism moving means you should always allow it to be in a state of processing food into fuel. This may mean multiple smaller meals throughout the day and getting a good start with breakfast. The sooner you break your fast from sleeping, the sooner your metabolism can get started and can increase your resting metabolism rate by 10 percent. Try eating a spinach and feta omelet or oatmeal with mixed berries, both a nutrient-rich way to start your day.
The last way to boost your metabolism is to eat right. If you are trying to lose weight by decreasing the amount you eat, you can be doing your body a disservice. Decreasing your regular food intake, in turn, slows your metabolism making your body burn fewer calories which potential leads to weight gain and decreased energy. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet will keep your metabolism burning all day long instead of stopping and going. A balanced diet also includes exercise, so don’t forget to exercise three to five days a week.
There you have it; four simple and easy ways to boost your metabolism. The overall goal of increasing your metabolism should be to provide your body with the energy and fuel it needs to accomplish your daily goals. If you exercise frequently, you should be fueling your body to accommodate exercise, if you don’t exercise often you should be adjusting your diet to accommodate a less active lifestyle. If you are looking for supplements to help you manage your metabolism try a product with InterHealth’s ingredient 7-Keto®. 7-Keto® helps maintain a healthy metabolic rate as people age. For more information about 7-Keto® head to our website or call us at 1-800-783-4636.