It is almost the weekend and we are mentally preparing ourselves for all the food and drinks that come with the weekend. But the downside of all the joys the weekend comes with is the bloating and tiredness that comes with having too much to eat and having all that food sit in your tummy, contributing to your weight gain and making you feel terrible.
You don’t need a scientist to tell you that your metabolism slows with age. The average woman gains 1½ pounds a year during her adult life. Add the effects of hormones, muscle loss, and stress that conspires to slow her fat-burning engine. The weight gain isn’t inevitable though. By eating metabolism-boosting foods and living a healthy lifestyle, you’ll sleep better, have more energy, feel firmer, and notice your clothes are looser in as little as 2 weeks. Isn’t that what we all want? Anyway, we are here to help you with tips that can help boost your metabolism.
- Never skip meals (especially breakfast): Recent research has confirmed that the best diet plans for a healthy lifestyle involves actually eating food as against missing meals. Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism and keeps your energy high all day. If you don’t have the time to prepare any meals, grab a yogurt. Better that than nothing.
- Eat as much as your body needs: You will need to visit a nutritionist or your doctor to help you figure out what your body needs. But ultimately, you know what your body needs as regards the quantity of food you need. You need to cut calories to lose weight but eating too little could be bad for your metabolism. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function (about 1,200 calories for most women), your body halts its metabolism processes. It also begins to break down precious, calorie-burning muscle tissue for energy. Eat just enough so you’re not hungry but not too much that you are overfed.
- Exercise: Even a 20-minute brisk walk goes a long way. Exercises helps your heart beat faster, aids the production of energy, and as a result, helps boost metabolism. Try to take some time to exercise and see how that affects your metabolism.
- Sleep: Your body uses the period when you sleep to repair and heal. Not sleeping or having enough sleep wrecks this process and affects your metabolism. At least 8 hours of sleep is recommended so take enough down time for snooze.
- Eat food rich in fiber: Research shows that some fiber aid fat burn by as much as 30%. Studies find that women who eat the most fiber in foods gain the least weight over time. Aim for about 25g a day—the amount in about three servings each of fruits and vegetables.
- Drink cold water: Drinking cold water, about 6 cups a day, can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories daily—enough to shed 5 pounds in a year. The increase comes from the work it takes to heat the water to body temperature.
- Take multivitamin supplements: Visit your Doctor to know if you have any nutritional deficiencies and the kinds of foods and supplements you can take to help correct them.
Your health is as important, if not more, than every other area of your life. Don’t neglect it.