Metabolism is a set of chemical and physical processes thanks to which body can process food and also change this food into energy which serves to maintain an optimal body temperature, the energy which will be consumed immediately and the energy which will be stored in a form of glycogen (in the liver and muscles) and finally – fats. Yes, my ladies, everything that body doesn’t use immediately, i. e., is not processed through metabolic pathways, will end up in the body parts you would least like, and when the summer comes, you’re in a desperate place! But in order not to repeat the past, here are a couple of things which will help you boost your metabolism.
Metabolism and work-out
Since the speed of our metabolism depends on physical activity, it’s clear that metabolism will improve as we burn more calories, i. e., fat. What happens is that workout stimulates muscle growth, and more muscles burn more calories.
Metabolism and diet
Everyday diet is very important to keep metabolism active. It’s essential to consume enough proteins for two major reasons. First of all, our body uses much more energy to break up proteins than carbs and fats. Second of all, proteins are crucial when it comes to restoring muscle tissue. Hence, everyday diet needs to be packed with protein-rich foods such as low-fat meat and fish which also need to be balanced with milk and dairies. However, foods of plant origin which are loaded with proteins like soya bean and pulses should also be on our daily menu. Generally, you should avoid calorie-packed foods with poor or no nutritional value at all.
What’s the connection between stress and metabolism?
Stress is probably the main trigger for numerous diseases, and its role in the metabolism issue is insignificant either. On one hand, while we are under stress our body produces more hormones like adrenaline and though this accelerates our metabolism, it also stimulates appetite. Stress, therefore, causes unreasonable food cravings and this can lead to weight gain. So, if you happen to go through a stressful period in life, maybe you should consult with someone about taking some herbal supplements to calm your nerves. Of course, you can always resort to natural remedies like linden or chamomile tea. Have a cup of this tea before going to sleep and you’ll have no troubles with sleeping like a baby.
More muscles boost metabolism
Less muscle mass means not so great (firm) body, but also slower metabolism than with people who have well-developed muscles. Logically, it takes more calories to fuel muscle tissue than fat tissue. This means that the more muscles you have, the speedier your metabolism will be. Considering the obvious difference between men and women, men consume much more calories than women and this means they need to eat more than women too.
Finally, in order to maintain your metabolism in full speed and look astonishing at the beach, don’t forget to do some aerobic exercises like running or swimming. A combination of strength and aerobic training will produce metabolism boost effect.
Translation: G. Dujmović