Slow or not, in orderly operation or at… lazy rates, the metabolism is often blamed for the extra pounds and our difficulty in getting rid of them. We are talking about our metabolic rate, i.e. the number of calories we burn each day.
According to Mayo Clinic scientists “it is true that metabolism is linked to weight, but contrary to popular belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excessive weight gain.”
But what is the much talked about metabolism? As Brain Fertig, endocrinologist, founder and president of the Diabetes Center explains, “metabolism is the totality of all chemical reactions in the body and energy balance.”
Factors that affect a person’s metabolism are sex, height, age, as well as hormones, as well as taking certain medications. For the metabolism to work, energy is required, i.e. calories, while the main difference between fast and slow metabolism is the number of calories burned during the day.
With small changes in our daily life we can boost our metabolism.
Below are 5 ways that contribute to the good functioning of the metabolism and easily become part of our daily program.
Building strong muscles
With stronger muscles and more muscle tissue we burn more calories. Every two pounds of extra muscle mass in the body helps burn an extra 90 calories each day.
30 minutes of aerobic exercise
Aerobic exercise is important for boosting metabolism. Thirty minutes of moderate intensity activity, 5 times a week can give our metabolism a real boost.
Dietary fiber boosts metabolism, so beans, lentils, avocado, chia seeds and fruits like raspberries are some good sources of fiber.
Pastries, sweets and various processed foods with sugar offer nothing more than extra calories, so it’s best to avoid them
And of course water
Among all the beneficial properties of water is the increase in metabolism with the parallel decrease in appetite. Expert advice refers to 2.5 to 3 liters of water per day.
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