Metabolism is a key aspect of our bodies. At the end of the day, it’s the basal metabolic rate (BMR) of our body around which all nutritional plans are made. A higher metabolism results in your body requiring more calories in order to function. Therefore, if you plan on losing weight, a higher metabolism is what you should aim for to lose weight fast and keep it off once you achieve your goals.
How does one tell if their metabolism is slow or fast? It’s quite simple. Do you wake up sleepy and not energized? Do you feel sleepy after eating a meal? These are signs of a regular/comparatively slower metabolism. A fast metabolism helps you kickstart the day in a productive way and it never lets you run out of energy. It starts burning fat for fuel if it needs to which is why having it is so important. Here are ways you can improve your metabolism:
Incorporate more protein into your diet
A high-protein diet works wonders for your metabolism. Protein is a macronutrient that’s not used as it is. It needs to be broken down into all sorts of different amino acids which are then absorbed by the body for multiple purposes. This breaking down process requires more energy than breaking down other forms of food.
Therefore, the metabolic rate shoots up when the protein count rises because the body has to break down a lot of protein now. This process also has another effect that helps people wanting to lose weight. Not only does protein help in speeding up your metabolism, but it also keeps the body working so you feel ‘full’ longer. So, you burn more calories and consume less overall thanks to protein? Win-win.
In order to speed up your metabolism, there is tons of research out there to suggest it has a positive correlation with working out. There is a logical explanation for this as well. When one trains their body for a given interval granted the workout was at least moderately intense, then they’re effectively breaking down muscle tissue.
How do we get stronger by working out? We break down the muscle tissue through exercise and the body then recovers in a way to ensure it doesn’t happen again. So, the muscles are stronger after each workout which is why you’re able to lift more or do more exercises over time. However, this recovery process is what helps boost our metabolism.
Due to the stress we put on our body during a workout, our body needs to recover. In order to recover, it needs nutrients. The food absorption rate grows significantly because it needs a lot in order to repair the damage. Protein-synthesis also occurs where the protein is absorbed much faster than normal. That’s why when you eat something after a workout, you feel hungry again maybe an hour later or more.
Staying consistent with a workout plan helps significantly boost your metabolism. That’s why whenever someone tries to lose weight, I always recommend them to also work out. That is because yes, you can lose weight through a good diet and simple walking perhaps but it’ll also be easier for the weight to climb back up in the future. Working out ensures your metabolism is as fast as possible so that the weight you lose stays off.
Drinking water is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Staying hydrated has many benefits, one of which is the boost it gives to the body’s metabolism. Your body needs to break down food for energy and it also needs the right tools such as water to cause the chemical reaction. Staying hydrated at all times helps your body work efficiently, hence improving metabolism in the first place.
Perhaps the most important time of the day to drink water is in the morning right after you wake up. After a good night’s sleep, your body goes a long time without water. The body’s dehydrated, therefore, the first thing you do when you wake up is to not go to the bathroom. Instead, it should be to go drink some water (1 liter if you can).
Drinking water as soon as you wake up rehydrates the body and jump-starts your metabolism. You might have noticed that when you wake up, you might feel tired. However, the tiredness feeling starts to slowly fade away when you drink water. It’s important to drink an adequate amount of water before you do anything else when you wake up.
This is separate from working out because it has its own set of benefits. Working out will help increase your metabolism but HIIT takes it to a whole new level. High-Intensity Interval Training, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The goal is to get your heart rate up and keep it fluctuating to highs and lows. This results in a very high-calorie burn and is able to tire you out pretty fast.
HIIT is renowned for its short workouts. However, they’re quite intense and as effective as any long workout. HIIT is also responsible for the “afterburn” effect. During HIIT, you put your body under so much stress that it needs much more nutrients and time to recover than regular workouts. After a HIIT session, you can continue to burn calories from it up to 48 days after the workout, that’s how powerful it is.
Therefore, HIIT has the biggest impact on your metabolism. If you do HIIT workouts 2 or 3 days a week coupled with a proper workout regime and also include the tips mentioned above, your metabolism will shoot through the roof.