4 ways to boost your metabolism
3/5/2017 4:49 PM
In simple terms, metabolism is our body’s way of breaking down the food that we eat and providing nutrients to our bodies. Because it influences weight loss and gain, patients often ask me for ways that they can boost their metabolism. The good news is that there are four strategies you can implement today to get your metabolism working faster.
1. 1. Exercise
Physical activity is one of the key ways to increase metabolism, especially muscle-building exercises. Strength training or weight-resistant exercise will increase how much energy you’re burning.
2. 2. Sleep
The amount of sleep you get affects every system in your body. Sleep-deprived individuals have a decreased ability to manage blood sugar levels, so getting good, adequate rest is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
3. 3. Drink more water
Drinking water can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking about 17 ounces of water can increase a healthy individual’s metabolic rate by about 30 percent. Drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can also help fill you up so you will naturally eat less.
4. 4. Don’t skip meals
I’m sometimes asked how many meals a person should eat each day. Some people opt for 5 or 6 small meals, while others prefer three large meals. The biggest piece of advice I have is not to go too long without eating. You should eat every four to six hours to help keep your metabolism going. Ideally this might look like three moderate meals with a couple of snacks in between. You should never skip meals because it can affect your insulin sensitivity and lead to weight gain.
About the Author:
Stephanie Burns is a clinical dietitian at Central Texas Medical Center. Stephanie graduated Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2008. She completed her Dietetic Internship in 2012 at CTMC and became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Stephanie chose her career path to learn how to enjoy food in a healthy way and hopes to share this knowledge with others.