When working towards fitness goals, it’s important to keep in mind all the factors that contribute to your metabolism. After all, your metabolism plays an important role in weight management. Understanding how to positively contribute to a healthy metabolism can make all the difference. Here are 8 ways to do just that!
1. Eat Snacks and Small Meals
Instead of the standard three full meals per day, try scaling back the meals slightly, and add healthy snacks between. Research shows that the longer you wait between meals, the more likely you are to indulge in a high-calorie meal.
2. Drink 2 to 3 Liters of Water Per Day
Instead of reaching for a sports drink or fruit juice, load up on water! Water has countless benefits including energizing your body and helping you feel less hungry. Drink a full glass 30 minutes before a meal to help fill up your stomach. You will consume less calories!
3. Get a Full Night’s Sleep
We work hard, so it’s important to allow our bodies (and minds) to rest. Allowing your body to rest with a full night of sleep helps control hunger and food cravings. Studies have shown that a sleep deprivation leaves you reaching for foods that are higher in fat and calories. Hit the sheets early and your body will thank you!
4. Avoid Alcoholic and Sugary Beverages
Sugar is one of the leading culprits in weight gain. Although pleasing to the tastebuds, the body is not fond of any excess sugar, and turns it into fat. Even when paying close attention to diet and exercise, sugar tends to sneak into our lives in the form of beverages. In addition to the hidden calories in alcohol, it can also loosen one’s inhibition and result in extra snacking. Instead, treat yourself to a sparkling water or unsweetened ice tea!
5. Find Ways to Destress
Stress is bound to creep in. Knowing how to manage and channel your stress can do wonders in keeping your metabolism in check. When we are stressed, our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode, causing our eating habits to change. While the initial response is usually a loss of appetite, the hunger catches up eventually and can cause us to binge eat.
To help stay clear of this, find ways to destress. These things can be something as small as taking a 5-minute break in your day and talk to a friend, listening to calming music, 10 minutes of meditation, or going for a calming walk at the end of a long day. Find a few things that help reduce your stress and keep you smiling throughout the day.
6. Increase Time Doing Cardio Exercise
Cardio exercise such as running, biking, or swimming are great ways to get your heart rate up, and your metabolism working! To reap the benefits of cardio exercise, it is recommended to get your heart rate moving for at least 20 minutes, 3 days per week. For even better results, try working up to 30 minutes, 4 days per week!
7. Incorporate More Weight-Bearing Exercises
Involving light to moderate weight training can help you get the most out of your workout routine. As you gain muscle, your body actually burns more calories more efficiently throughout the day!
8. Eat a Well Balanced Varied Diet
We all know about the importance of eating healthy, but changing up what you eat is important as well. By doing this, you can maintain a healthy diet while keeping your taste buds happy. Try adding some natural spices to completely change the taste of your favorite healthy recipe.
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