It’s a widely accepted fact that one of the best ways to get your metabolism moving is by building muscle. Simply put, the more lean muscle tissue you have the faster your metabolism burns fat.
But there are other health components worthy of consideration when it comes to motivating your metabolism—like eating for example.
Skipping breakfast does us no favours. Breakfast provides the body with fuel for the day ahead, and kick-starts that metabolism. Go without eating until supper and your body goes into starvation mode and thinks it’s got to conserve calories—or at least that’s my theory. The problem is, we’re all busy. Life makes high-pressure demands on all of us, and our time is limited. That often makes preparing a healthy breakfast—or any other meal of the day for that matter—a difficult task.
Here are a few suggestions about healthy food choices and ways to boost that metabolism:
Choose whole grains and complex carbohydrates provided by fruits and vegetables. These are harder to digest than simple carbs like white bread, which is why Dr. Oz tells us to drop the white bread, white rice, and white pasta if we want to lose weight. Make protein part of every meal. Protein is hard to digest and a lot of calories are burned in the process. Researchers suggest that “spicy foods stimulate the body’s fat burning process.”
And while it doesn’t actually boost metabolism, water keeps the body hydrated and in doing so prevents metabolism from slowing down. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and caffeine. They both dehydrate the body, which reduces the amount calories burned.
And try to eat frequently. While several small meals throughout the day won’t increase your metabolism, it will keep you satisfied and less apt to binge when you finally sit down to the evening meal.
Pack your lunch and snacks before you go to bed at night. Plan your breakfast. And find a few healthy favourites to fall back on when you don’t have time to be creative.
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