Shedding fat from your diet and your body is the easiest way to get an energy boost. Okay, actually one of those energy drinks may be easier, but they aren’t nearly as effective. The human body naturally and necessarily stores fat, but some people store more than others. The key is metabolism. You’ve seen some people who are able to eat anything and never gain weight while you are careful and exercise and never lose weight. Metabolism is a genetic mechanism, but the good news is that there ways you can help jumpstart the process and kick your genes in the butt.
To begin this process of turning your body into a fat-burning crucible, begin by changing your eating habits. The efficiency of your metabolic system can be improved by eating more early. Yes, the earlier you get nutritional food into your body, the better your metabolism will be working later in the day. Ideally, you should begin with a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch and a healthy dinner. Supplementing these meals with regularly scheduled low-fat snack breaks will serve not only to facilitate metabolism but will also keep you full enough that you don’t binge or overeat during meal time. The key isn’t just spreading out your meals over the course of the day, these meals and snacks must be nutritional and healthy. Try such things wheat crackers, bagels, yogurt and low-fat soup between meals.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: drink eight glasses of water every day. Obviously, nobody but the most extreme of fanatics will actually take the time to drink eight glasses of water. But don’t worry too much because you can get water in other ways, from eating fruit to drinking other beverages. It is important, however, that these other drinks don’t contain caffeine cause you to lose the fluid you are trying to get.
Exercise is vital to boosting your metabolism and burning fat. You hate to hear it and it’s getting boring, but it’s true. Aerobic exercise for just a half hour will serve to burn up hundreds of calories, but more importantly it also works to transform your body’s ability to burn calories more efficiently even when you’re just sitting still. You don’t even need to do all those thirty minutes at once; even exercising for ten minutes at a time three times a day will have a positive effect.
In addition to exercise and eating more nutritionally, controlling your stress levels can help to promote better metabolic activity. Did you know what when you are stressed, your body actually produces hormones that serve to increase its ability to store fat. That isn’t even to mention that stress causes overeating and binging in some people. The higher your stress level, the lower your ability to burn up fat. Anything you can do to make your life less stressful, from meditation to lifestyle changes to therapy, can improve not only your mental state of mind, but also your physical appearance. And since in this day and age body image is directly related to stress among such a large percentage of the population, it only makes sense to take steps to cut back on the stress in your life.
Finally, you can actually improve your metabolism while you sleep. The amount of time that you actually spend in bed is far less important than the quality. Eight restless hours is less healthy than five fitful and uninterrupted hours of slumber. A deep sleep not only will make you more alert, it will also have a physical effect on how you both store fat and build up new muscle. The key to getting better sleep will vary; that is a secret that remains unknown. Some ideas to help get quality sleep can be as simple as going to bed earlier, sleeping in a darker environment, wearing ear plugs or even taking a bath or engaging in light exercise before bedtime. If that doesn’t work, consider an over the counter sleep aid on those restless nights.