We've all wondered why some people can eat to their heart's content and not put on a kilo, while others put on weight by just looking at food! Metabolism is the answer to the million-dollar weight gain question. To understand more about how metabolism works, click here. If you're someone who is struggling with sluggish metabolism, here are 5 ways to help you boost it
Don't starve yourself-ever!
Starving is perhaps the most counterproductive move to make if you are trying to increase your metabolic rate. Drastically cutting down your calorie intake will put your body in starvation mode, making it store more energy for future use-in the form of fat! Instead eat 5 to 6 small meals at regular intervals and watch your metabolic activity increase as your body works all day long to burn the energy from the food you are consuming.
We're not going to sugar-coat it. There is simply no substitute for exercise if it's a healthy and fit body that you're aiming for. A balanced diet is just one side of the coin when it comes to increasing your metabolic activity. Make time to exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week, and go with interval training or intensive cardio workouts, if you want to see results that last. Exercising regularly, helps you burn additional calories which in turn make your body work harder to produce excess energy or use the energy stored as fat deposits.
Start with breakfast
When they say you should 'have breakfast like a king', they certainly aren't joking. Your metabolism slows down when you are asleep and it only kickstarts once you eat again. Having a high-carbohydrate, high-fibre breakfast will not only keep you feeling full but will also give you that extra boost of energy early in the morning.
Pack in the omega-3s
Now there's one more reason to enjoy seafood, besides the taste. Seafood is packed with omega-3s that balance blood sugar and help regulate metabolism. Vegetarians can get their dose of omega-3s from flaxseed oil, walnuts, or even eggs fortified with omega-3s.
Pack in the proteins
There's a reason why the high-protein diets became a fad. Proteins take more time to digest than fat and burn more calories while getting digested. In fact, a study from Purdue University found that diets high in protein may help preserve lean body mass, which is the best fat-burner of all.
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