|When our main source of energy, our blood sugar, runs low,
the process of metabolism turns our body fat into energy. When our supply
of blood sugar runs high, the process of metabolism stores excess energy
by turning it into body fat to be used another time. To store it unfortunately
for most means bums, tums and legs.
These are some ways ways that your metabolism can be increased naturally through healthy living:
If you must eat something sweet, suck on hard boiled sweet. Your body stores excess sugar as
fat which of course isnt something most of us want..
It is important to understand what happens when you severely limit your
calorie intake, skip a meal, or go on a crash diet. When you limit your
calorie intake or skip a meal your metabolism slows down to conserve your
When you lose weight too quickly for a few days, your body thinks it is
threatened with starvation and goes into survival mode. It fights to
conserve your bodyís fat stores. Consequently, any weight loss comes
from water and muscle, not fat. Again not much good to us either.
Never skip a meal, especially breakfast, and eat healthy snacks between
meals during the day. Eating frequently prevents hunger pangs and the binges that follow,
provides consistent energy, and is most effective way to maintain your
You MUST eat breakfast as this revs up your metabolism and gets you
through the morning. NEVER skip a meal. You do not want to starve by day
and binge by night. It is very hard on your body and will significantly
slow down your metabolism.
When you are at work, plan your snacks (healthy food choices) and take
them along so that you will be able to eat regularly and will not be
tempted by junk food. This is also good advice for people who are at home
DO NOT EAT AFTER DINNER.
If you must munch at night, eat negative calories foods like broccoli,
celery, carrots, apples, kiwis, leeks or radishes. These foods require
more calories for digestion and absorption than the actual calories they
contain, hence, negative calories foods. This makes sense doesn't it.
Drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses per day. Sipping it throughout
the day is more beneficial than guzzling 8 ounces at a time. Water flushes
harmful toxins out of your body, speeds up your metabolism, and makes it
easier to lose weight and burn fat.
Because dieting or restricting your caloric intake can cause your
metabolism to decrease, exercise can help to counter this effect. Exercise
is also the way to burn more calories safely. Regular exercise will
increase your life expectancy significantly.
Whether you are at home or in the gym, participate in aerobic
activities on a regular basis. Not only does the exercise itself increase
your metabolism, but it causes your metabolism to remain elevated for a
period of time after you finish exercising.
Remember, metabolism decreases with age. This is largely due to the
decrease in muscle mass typically experienced as people age. This can be
countered by eating a healthy diet and continuing to participate in