Health kickstart – Natural metabolism boosters
9 January, 2020
What exactly is your ‘metabolism’? Quite simply put, your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories for energy. While everyone’s metabolism rate is different (depending on many factors including age, body fat, muscle mass, gender, activity and genetics) you can easily boost your metabolism by implementing these natural boosters.
Your body loves balance and regularity, thus being said, eating at regular times each day may help improve/maintain metabolic balance. Eating at irregular times a day and snacking close to before bedtime means your body may have a hard time burning calories effectively which in turn could store more fat cells. Eating several small healthy meals throughout the day will help keep a steady metabolism.
B Vitamins play a key role in the metabolic rate. These include B1, B2 and B6. You can take vitamin B supplements as well as increase B’s that are naturally found in foods such as baked potatoes, bananas, spinach, peas and wholegrain foods, eggs and lentils. There’s that old saying that says ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and as a matter of fact there’s proof behind it! Ensuring you eat a nutrient rich breakfast (think whole grain toast, an omelette or a green goodness bowl) soon after getting out of bed literally kick starts your metabolism like fuel makes a car run.
High-intensity interval training will boost your metabolism quick smart! High intensity training works by alternating less intense exercise shortly followed by fast and intense exercise and- repeat! In the ‘intense phase’ your metabolism rises very quickly, stays high and then drops again slowly in the less intense phase. AND your then raised metabolic rate can continue long after your workout, even up to 24 hours!!
And our most favourite natural metabolism booster of all….drumroll…. SLEEP! Oh the wonderous moment for those of us (over 30 *cough) who fantasize about more of it. Oh yes, our favourite fairytale is Sleeping Beauty and we all wish we didn’t fight the ZZZzzz’s when we were younger #IMNOTTIREDMUM. Sleep plays a vital role in regulating metabolism and appetite. When we are sleep deprived, our metabolic systems are out of whack and that tends to lead us to crave and eat foods that are fatty, sugary and not great for us. Sleep is the way to go peeps!