Metabolism…You always here so much varied and diverse information, how to make it run faster, how to make it work in your favour. Here are 5 simple ways in which to make yours run like a machine.
The majority of the time we feel we’re hungry. This can be due to the fact our body is actually dehydrated. The signal from the brain (the hypothalamus) to the body of hunger and hydration are pretty much in the same. You must learn to understand your body better. Pay close attention to the last time you had a meal compared with the last time you had something to drink. When out socialising use the 1for1 rule. For every alcoholic drink you have make sure to try and drink the same amount in water. This will reduce hunger pangs and help reduce binge eating after a night out.
Intense weight training is another very effective way to spike your metabolic rate. One example would be to use training principles such as supersets. This involve performing two or more complimentary exercises back-to-back, with little to no rest in between. By supersetting your exercises and keeping your rest time to a minimum, your heart rate and metabolism will be gunning at full throttle.
Eat More Protein:
Besides being one of the most important macronutrients to help repair muscle, protein requires more digestive energy to process than either carbohydrates or fat and burns more calories as a result. It also doesn’t cause dramatic spikes in insulin and blood sugar, which often lead to cravings and weight gain.
Build More Muscle:
Building more lean muscle is one of the most effective ways to boost your metabolic rate. Lean muscle places a higher caloric demand on your body. Therefore requires more fuel to function. Increasing your lean muscle mass through weight training will elevate your metabolic rate. As your body will need to compensate to meet this increased need for functional energy.
Use Interval Training:
Interval training is a method of cardiovascular training that involves short bursts of intense activity. This is followed by longer bouts of moderate to low-intensity activity done at 2:1 intervals (e.g. sprinting for 30 seconds, followed by a light jog for 60 seconds). This method of training will not only help you burn more calories, but has been shown to elevate the resting metabolic rate as well. Interval training can be done with any type of cardio exercise (cycling, rowing, etc.), but is most commonly performed with running.
Here’s a short video that may help you understand how the body works a little more: