The first thing you need to realize in regards to your metabolism is that it involves much more than just burning fat, in that your metabolism controls virtually every process that your body carries out. This process is where our body takes the food we consume daily and converts it in to energy our cells can use, called ATP.
Maintaining a good metabolism is not just important in staying thin, it is important in keeping us happy, our brains functioning properly, heart, lungs and other body systems as well. In essence it affects our entire health which makes it that much more important to get under control which is easier said than done.
Our metabolism naturally declines as we age, which means that we need to take additional steps as we get older to keep our bodies in good shape, and to live longer healthier lives.
Arguably the most important factor when it comes to our metabolism is our diet, and being on a diet that revolves around a restricted amount of calories can do us more harm than good. As a matter of fact, diets are a huge cause of a slow metabolism in many people.
If you are someone who regularly feels tired, moody, or is prone to getting sick easily, your metabolism might be to blame.
A very common issue many people experience is that while dieting they also try to exercise as well, burning the candle at both ends so to speak. If you are already dieting and are functioning on a reduced amount of calories, exercising is only going to increase that deficit.
While you may see weight loss in the short term, eventually that huge calorie deficit is going to catch up to you, and you will end up putting on more weight as a result.
To avoid this, you need to make sure you are eating enough calories throughout the day to the point where your body can actually function at an optimal level. Depriving yourself of calories will increase your craving for these unhealthy foods, leaving you more prone to breaking your diet and gorging on unhealthy food anyway.
A good rule to follow if you are having problems maintaining your energy levels due to a new diet is to not skip out on meals throughout the day, providing yourself with a steady supply of good calories that come from healthy whole foods will help elevate that metabolism.
You can best help yourself by choosing the proper foods which will not only speed up your metabolism, but will keep you satiated and satisfied in the process. There are a few things you will want to keep in mind when it comes to your diet and boosting metabolism.
First off the most important thing is to get more protein in your diet as a diet high in protein itself is linked to a higher metabolism. On top of that you need protein to build and synthesize muscle along with many other things, and this additional muscle tissue requires more energy and calories burned in the process.
Two other food items you are going to want to include in your diet are either coffee or tea for the caffeine and spicy foods for their capsaicin. Both of these compounds are well known metabolism boosters.
Exercise is important when trying to speed up your metabolism, but what many people don’t know is that weight training can be much more effective in doing so than endurance training like running or jogging.
Strength training has the added benefit of adding more muscle tissue as a result, and this tissue requires more energy to maintain, even at rest. This means that just by adding more muscle alone you are burning more calories and have a higher metabolism without even having to do any additional work.
Muscle tissue is more active than fat and other tissues, so your body needs to do more metabolic work on a daily basis to provide the muscle with the nutrients it needs to function.
As far as what exercises you need to do to put on this muscle, you can train in any way you wish as long as you are putting on muscle. This means that if you want to use free weights to do so you can, resistance exercises or bodyweight exercises if you prefer.