5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Naturally
It is no secret that a woman’s metabolism slows down as she gets older and as a naturopath specializing in menopause and women’s hormone’s I regularly see women who are frustrated with this, but you don’t have to be resigned to the effects that menopause has on your weight. Just because you’re not burning calories as you did in college doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to boost your metabolism and increase your energy levels. Here are five easy ways for busy working women dealing with menopause symptoms to keep their metabolisms up and running efficiently.
- Eat a high-protein breakfast; Eating a high-protein breakfast has many benefits in weight loss but did you know it can also help to increase your metabolism. Protein requires more energy to digest protein due to its much higher thermic effect than carbohydrates or fats. It should also that the thermic effect of protein is more than double that of carbohydrates and almost triple that of fats.
- Drink water throughout the day; Water is essential for your metabolism, so it makes sense that drinking more water helps to increase your metabolism. A study by Boschman et al 2003 and published in The Journal of Clinical Endcrinology & Metabolism found that drinking 500 mls of water increased the body’s metabolism by 30 % and peaked within 40 minutes. This is largely due to the energy required to warm the liquid to 37.2 degrees Celsius. Among the many other reasons why drinking water is so important this is certainly an extremely powerful reason to increase your intake of water.
- Exercise regularly; Regular exercise has many benefits and one of them is to increase the metabolic rate. Muscle cells require lots of energy and the good thing is they continue to burn energy long after your stop exercising or sweating. Get out and about using your muscles to move will help to boost your metabolism. You do not need to join a gym or pump iron unless that is a passion you may have. A walk at a steady pace, a regular yoga session, cycling, and swimming are all great forms of exercise that will help to increase your metabolism.
- Reduce your consumption of sugar and processed foods; It is not news that sugar and processed foods are not good for your health. However, they will damage your metabolism this is because these foods are high in fructose, which is stored as fat in the liver and affects the hunger hormones. The end results are a lowered resting metabolic rate. If you need help to reduce sugar and carbs you can book an appointment here
- Get enough sleep at night, who would have thought you could sleep your way to a healthier and happier you. However, it is true you can… Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to boost your metabolism or rather not enough sleep can lead to a reduction in metabolic rate. It has been shown clearly that poor sleep is related to weight gain. There are multiple reasons for this a tired brain is more likely to make poor food choices also however it is very clear that if you have 8 hours of good quality restful sleep this helps to support a healthy metabolic rate. So, make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
The key to balancing your metabolism is consistency. You will need to work on these five habits daily for 3 – 4 weeks before you see any results, but if you maintain the long-term, the benefits are endless! Make sure you are attending my Metabolism Makeover Workshop Thursday 22nd July at 7 PM where I’ll share more details about how to boost your metabolism and get the body of your dreams in just 12 weeks—without starving yourself or doing hours of grueling workouts every day. Attendees will leave with a free meal plan pack worth $200 that includes recipes and shopping lists so they can eat healthy without breaking their budget. Interested? Click here now!