As the years pass, you might find it harder and harder to lose weight. Why is that? Because nature slows your metabolism down as you age. After the age of 30, our metabolic rate (the number of calories we burn each day) decreases by about 1 per cent each year. But this doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel and give up on trying to lose weight because there are ways to boost your metabolism. Try some of the following tricks to rev up your energy and burn more calories each day.
1.Don’t Starve Yourself
With diets, the idea is usually to eat less so you lose more weight. There is, however, such a thing as eating too little. When you eat too little, your body starts to conserve its stored energy. And this stored energy is in fact, the fat you are trying to get rid of. The defense mechanisms of your body are smart and aren’t easily tricked. If it thinks it is being starved it will do what it can to survive.
2. Eat Early and Often
Always eat a good breakfast as early as you can. If you don’t like to eat as soon as you wake up, try to eat at least a half of a banana or a piece of toast. This will fuel your body and stop it from going into starvation mode after a whole night’s fasting as well as give yourself time to let fully wake up before you chow down on a decent breakfast.
Try to get most of your calorie intake during the first half of the day so your body has more time to burn those calories. Eating often will help keep your metabolism running on all cylinders all day long. Smaller, more frequent meals, increases your energy and keeps your body releasing fat for energy.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is even more essential your body than food. You can live longer without food than you can without water. If your body is feeling even the slightest bit dehydrated, your energy levels can dip really low. This means you are burning fewer calories and conserving fat. So drink up to keep your body happy and your metabolism running.
4. Exercise Regularly
There is always debate over whether cardio or strength exercise is better for metabolism. Cardio will keep your heart running and up your energy. That’s why you can often feel very energetic after completing a good cardio workout. Hence the saying “runner’s high”. However, strength training also has value, because it helps build muscle which takes more calories to maintain, making your body burn more calories throughout the day. So, what’s the answer? Do both on a regular basis.
5. Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating plenty of vitamin and mineral fortified foods is a great way to increase your metabolism because these foods will give you bounds of energy. Try eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruit to get a wide variety of vitamins. B vitamins and vitamin D will help with your energy especially.
Stress can be very detrimental to your energy levels. Try to be aware of the signs that you are stressed and alleviate it in any way that you can. Aromatherapy, a hot bubble bath, tai chi, yoga, calming music or sounds are all ways to help relax. After a good relaxation episode, you’ll feel much more refreshed and more energetic.