Taking charge of your metabolism

For the most part, we are all born with a metabolic rate that suits our body and disposition. Some people are naturally fast burners, and some are naturally slower burners, but that doesn’t mean we have zero control. We do have some authority over the rate at which we metabolise food and use it for fuel.

Making small lifestyle changes and incorporating these tips into your routine can increase your metabolism. But don’t forget that everyone’s body is different! 

 

Eat enough & ensure you get enough protein

Eating more protein can boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories. It can also help you eat less. While eating five or six small meals a day is a fad that had its time in the limelight, it doesn’t give your body the break it needs to digest and utilize nutrients. Grazing throughout the day means your body is constantly releasing insulin, the fat-storing hormone. When you give your body time to rest between meals, it allows the body to use its stored-up fat energy for fuel. Keep your protein intake up—it has a great thermic effect in the body that causes metabolism to ramp up. 

 

Don’t be afraid to lift heavy

Lifting weights is important for building and retaining muscle. Higher amounts of muscle will result in a higher metabolism. Lifting weights raises your metabolism long after you’re finished with the workout. Don’t be afraid of weights! You won’t get bulky, you’ll feel grounded and centred, and you’ll notice a big difference in your energy and the way your body and metabolism function

 

Get a good night’s sleep

Lack of sleep can decrease the number of calories you burn; change the way you process sugar and disrupt your appetite-regulating hormones. Our hormones hang in a delicate balance and yet control every single aspect of the body, and it’s easy for poor sleep to disrupt important factors like blood sugar. Getting enough sleep is the best way to take care of yourself and your metabolism—so start tonight!

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xx The Tammy Fit Team