Wouldn’t it be great if you could burn more calories when you’re just sitting on the couch? You can—by improving your metabolism, the rate at which your body uses energy. Here are some simple changes you can make to help rev up your metabolism and help with your weight loss efforts.
You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many people skip breakfast because they don’t have time or they don’t like traditional breakfast foods. But if you wait until lunch to eat, your body assumes you’re fasting and responds by slowing your metabolism. If you’re pressed for time, try eating something quick like cereal, peanut butter on toast, or cottage cheese and fruit. And remember, if you eat breakfast, you have a greater chance of burning off calories (during a run, for instance) since you’re consuming them early in the day.
Don’t skip meals
Our bodies have a built-in survival mechanism to conserve calories when we go for a long period of time without eating. So, when you skip meals, your body slows your metabolism to prevent you from starving. To prevent this, try to eat five to six small meals each day, or three meals and some healthy snacks in between. You’ll find that eating mini-meals will help maintain your energy levels throughout the day and keep you from feeling hungry all the time.
Try “Contrast” Showers
A contrast shower is one where you start off with warm water for two to three minutes, then change the water temperature to cool for 30 to 45 seconds. While this may sound slightly unpleasant, and yes, it very well may be, the contrast shower will relax blood vessels during the warm phase and contract them during the cool phase. This has a major impact on your body’s circulatory system, as well as having a relaxing effect on our fight-or-flight reflexes. The latter helps us sleep deeper, and better sleep leads to improved energy throughout the day and increased metabolism.
Check Your Sleep Schedule
Getting enough sleep and adopting a consistent sleep schedule can help improve your metabolism. The body is a machine and needs efficient rest to reboot. Sleep is the best way to look and feel better from the inside out.
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