Metabolism is described as being the chemical reactions in the body that involve maintaining cell and organism life. It is related to what we eat in terms of nutrition and how our body burns stored fat and maintains muscle mass while our organs and cells are maintained by the same fuel. We all have a metabolism it’s just that some are slower than others.
Our metabolisms are mostly hereditary in nature meaning depending on your family history and genes, which will help determine how well your metabolism will convert food to energy and burn stored fat and calories. Other factors include your body size, gender, health, fitness level and your age which all also play a role in how well your metabolism works.
Keep in mind that just because our genetics tells us that we have a slow metabolism, it does not mean that we can’t make our bodies into a calorie burning machine. Our metabolism is constantly at work trying to fuel our cells and organs, there are some things we can do to make it more efficient.
1. Build Muscle
You can build muscle by body building or sculpting to achieve weight loss which will help kick your metabolism into overdrive. Muscle mass burns more calories simply as your body is at rest. Muscles take more fuel from nutrients than fat and will make your metabolism work harder to fuel them. Building muscle will burn more calories than fat even while at rest. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get into body building, simply train large muscles groups such as your legs and back or look for a program that trains all muscle groups each week. Building some muscle is especially important to women who want to loose weight as you are going to burn more fat with more muscle mass.
2. Eat Protein
By eating protein, you not only provide more energy and fuel to your muscles but you also stopping them from breaking down. With increased and sustained muscle mass by body building or weight training you burn more calories and it puts your metabolism to work to help sustain the muscles. If your muscles break down during weight loss or illness, then your metabolism may take a nose dive.
3. Reduce Stress
Stress causes our bodies to produce Cortisol which is a hormone that’s triggered when we are stressed out. This causes fat to be stored as a protective measure and our metabolism cannot keep up, so it slows down. Reducing stress, which training or any type of physical fitness are great for. This will reduce your Cortisol levels and your metabolism will be able to function properly. Exercise helps to release endorphins which reduces stress levels and makes you feel great! Another great way to recuse stress is just by having fun or laughing, when you wake up in the morning laugh for a minute. I know it sounds silly but its a great way to release endorphins and start your day off with a feeling of happiness.
4. Get Your Omega-3’s
Fish such as Salmon and Tuna is rich in Omega-3 which will help reduce inflammation of the body tissues and balance out blood sugar which will naturally increase your metabolism. The hormone leptin is linked to how fast the body burns fat and most of us are resistant to it. Eating Omega-3 rich foods can help alleviate our resistance causing our bodies to burn fat effectively.
5. Don’t Skip Meals
When we diet for weight loss, we think we need to cut calories or skip meals when in actuality the exact opposite is true. If we skip meals, our metabolism thinks it will starve so it goes on hiatus and starts to store fat for reserve. You want to eat just enough calories for your metabolism to burn as if you were resting all day and maintain proper health and fitness.
You can use this Calorie Counter to work out how many calories you need per date, depending on your age, height, weight and actively level.
Your genetics do not have the final say in how well your metabolism works, you do. By doing just a few simple things like exercising and taking care of your body, you can make your metabolism work wonders for you, it will help you have more energy and get rid of stored fat naturally.