Boosting the Metabolism

Lindsay Adams

Metabolism is one of the most important things to understand in the body when trying to get into better shape or just staying healthy. Metabolism is what converts all the calories people eat and drink into energy, breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats. There are a lot of factors that can affect the metabolism rate, from gender to age to body type. Some people can eat just about anything and still be perceivably skinny, while others have to make sure they continuously exercise. It can be frustrating sometimes and easy to blame genes if losing weight is difficult, but don’t throw in the towel just because of slow metabolism. There are still choices that can be made to help speed up metabolism, whatever its predisposed speed. The faster the metabolism, the more calories it burns. The body doesn’t burn fat unless it needs more energy, so making the body need more energy is what can boost metabolism.

An obvious way to make the body need more energy is to exercise. Luckily the metabolism boost isn’t only during exercise. In fact, faster metabolism continues for an hour or two after intense exercise. This effect can last up to 24 hours. High-intensity interval training is one of the best methods of exercising to get the metabolism going. Cardio workouts help too: 45 minutes on a bike can kick the metabolic rate into gear for over 12 hours. Weightlifting is also a good option. Building muscle can also do wonders to speed up the metabolism. Once the extra muscles are there, they can burn up to 50 additional calories each just to maintain themselves.

Drinking right is an easy and important key to the metabolism. Starting the morning with coffee can also speed up metabolism, because it stimulates the central nervous system. The caffeine in coffee quickly affects the metabolism and heart rate, peaking at three hours or so after drinking a cup. Coffee is a good way to get caffeine, as it has few calories. Green tea is also great to drink. It is stuffed with antioxidant benefits, but it also helps keep metabolism moving. Like coffee it has no calories, so drink away.  Water is another easy calorie-free drink to aid the digestion and burn calories.  It also helps to stave off dehydration. Even the slightest dehydration can have a negative impact on metabolism. Drink it often and stay healthy.

Another important factor to aid metabolism is getting enough sleep. The less sleep someone gets, the slower their metabolism, and fewer calories are burned. The body burns calories even when resting just to have the energy for the basic body function. Lack of sleep slows down the body’s ability to burn calories while at rest, which is when the majority of calories are burned.

There is also another incredibly simple way to use energy and start the metabolism going. While this may be surprising, laughter uses energy and works the metabolism.  With only 10 minutes of laughter per day, one can get some form of results.