Losing weight can be easier with a ready-to-go metabolism. Like a car engine that purrs smoothly and zooms from 0 to 60 in no time flat, your metabolism can work at maximum efficiency when you practice a few helpful strategies like the following.
Drink eight glasses of water daily.
Unless your doctor advises otherwise, drinking water can help to keep the body's systems working to capacity. Without adequate hydration, various systems can slow down or get sluggish. Cold water burns stokes the metabolism even more.
Enjoy coffee and tea.
In addition to water, have a cup of coffee or tea during the day. The caffeine helps to jump-start you with an energy infusion that will get your metabolism into high gear.
Avoid spending too much time sitting or lying down. Even standing in one place is not good for the metabolism. If you work at a desk or watch television, get up every 30 minutes or so and walk around the house to stretch your legs and burn a few calories. Better yet, use a stationary bike or elliptical machine while watching TV or reading.
Do aerobic exercise.
Work up to thirty or forty minutes several days each week of aerobic activity, such as walking, jogging, or biking. Extended movement, in addition to short spurts at home, can activate the metabolism.
Six smaller meals are easier on the body than three large meals. Smaller portions give the body time to digest each meal instead of being overwhelmed three times daily, which will slow down the process.
Don't skip meals.
Trying to lose weight by not eating will slow the body down. Frequent small meals, or meals interspersed with healthy snacks, will continuously feed the metabolism to keep it active.
Get eight hours of sleep.
Too little sleep can cause the body to slow down and conserve energy. Sleeping more than eight hours may have the same effect, ironically. About seven to eight hours are good for pumping the metabolism.
Avoid sugary foods.
Eating high-carb meals and snacks can overtax the body into digesting empty calories, leaving you feeling tired. Instead, snack on proteins like eggs, meats, cheese, or nuts.
Do active leisure activities.
Instead of continuous sedentary entertainment like movies or books, do activities that keep you moving, like hiking, window shopping at the mall, skating, skiing, or playing tennis. Fun sports and active hobbies keep your metabolism revved.
While sitting at your desk, talking on the phone, or engaged in another leisurely activity, move your legs up and down or back and forth, rock your torso side to side, and practice other movements when no one is around to notice. Even small gestures like these can keep the metabolism busy so it doesn't slow down.
A healthy metabolism is good for digestion and every other bodily system, from the complexion to vision and thinking. Keep your metabolism ready for action by following tips like these.
This contribution is a guest article from Cherry Creek Medical Weight Loss Center. They handle a wide variety of needs for their clients, including men’s testosterone therapy, B12 injections, as well as personalized nutrition plans.