I know all of us want to find out how we can speed up our metabolism because we know that speeding up the metabolism will allow us to burn more calories as well as fat. So here are 5 ways to do just that:
- BUILD MUSCLE-
This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to speed up your metabolism. Ladies, I know the first thing you think when you hear the words: “build muscle” is that you’re going to get big and massive like a body builder when that isn’t the case. When you have muscle your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) is higher and allows you to burn more calories even when sitting. For every lb of muscle it uses about 6 calories a day to sustain itself whereas a lb of fat only burns 2 calories per day. So you actually benefit more by actually building muscle.
- STEP UP YOUR WORKOUT–
I don’t necessarily mean that you should take a step class 🙂 When I say step up your workout, I mean that you need to increase the intensity of your routine. When you workout at higher intensities it helps deliver a longer increase in your RMR than low to moderate intensity workouts. Some ideas you can try are do walk-jog intervals on the treadmill or maybe even a sprint on the treadmill, circuit training, aerobics classes (i.e. zumba, body pump, kickboxing, spinning, etc.)
- ENERGY DRINKS–
Not a really big fan of energy drinks because I hate that I’ve allowed myself to almost rely on them being as though I do have really long days. So now I’m going through the weaning process. But energy drinks contain caffeine, which can help your body increase the amount of energy that is used. But my advice is to use these sparingly. My favorite alternative is a few espresso shots or just black coffee.
YAY!! One of my favorite things to do. Eating more often can help you lose weight. Not necessarily talking about meals but fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. Having a small snack every 2-4 hours can keep your metabolism going because it’s constantly having to use the body to break down the food.
Did you know that your body has to burn more calories just to break down protein? I myself prefer a high protein-low carb diet. My fat intake is moderate to high. But some lean proteins you should try to keep in your diet include, lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy.
I hope you give a few of these tips a try. Let me know how things are working out for you and if you need help or have questions regarding health or fitness, feel free to shoot me an email: Monique.Battiste@gmail.com and I will gladly respond. And, don’t forget to check out a few more of my helpful fitness tips in the related posts below.
Disclaimer: If needed, please consult your doctor before modifying your diet and exercise routine.