3 Natural Ways To Boost Your Metabolism
There is a lot to consider when it comes to our metabolism. The food choices you make on a daily basis play a huge role, along with the lifestyle choices you make on a day to day basis. When your metabolism is working effectively for you, you’re more likely to sit at a comfortable, healthy weight, and find it easier to keep weight off. Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better. Here are 3 natural ways to boost your metabolism which are easy to implement into your day-to-day lifestyle.
1. Eat a sufficient amount of protein
Protein has a thermogenic effect in the body. This is because it takes the body a lot of energy to digest, absorb, and process protein-rich foods. Protein also helps to shut down some of our hunger hormones and helps promote satiety, which helps to keep you fuller for longer, preventing you from overeating. It’s important to make sure every main meal you eat contains a sufficient amount of protein, ideally 20g per meal minimum, and more if you exercise intensively or have a weight loss goal.
2. Lift weights
Building muscle through resistance training goes a long way for your metabolism. Lifting weights raises our metabolism long after we’ve finished with the workout, this means we will burn more calories each day, even at rest. Do not be afraid to lift weights! Lifting heavy weights won’t make you bulky. If you’re not currently lifting weights, replace two cardio sessions that you’re doing with two 45 minutes weight training sessions. If you don’t know where to start with lifting weights it could be a good idea to have a session with a PT who can write you a personalised plan to follow.
3. Get adequate sleep
Our hormones are very delicate, yet they control every single aspect of the body. Lack of sleep can disrupt our hormonal balance such as our blood sugar level and insulin levels. Lack of sleep has also been linked to health conditions such as obesity. It’s also been shown that our hunger hormone ghrelin increases with lack of sleep and it decreases leptin, the hormone which lets us know when we are full. Getting 7-8 hours of good quality, unbroken sleep should be made a priority if you want to support your metabolic health.
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Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.