A key factor that determines your ability to gain mass or lose weight is your metabolism. Unfortunately (or fortunately), metabolism is typically inherited, so your life's struggle may often seem like an uphill task.
Yet, there are ways to help speed up your natural metabolism rate. Here are five effective ways to do so.
Regular breakfast skippers, be wary. Your body goes into starvation mode if you skip breakfast, and your metabolism dips in order to conserve your energy. Having breakfast every morning gives your metabolism a boost, especially if you eat slow-digesting foods like complex carbohydrates and proteins. Those who have breakfast every morning are four times less prone to obesity as well.
You also tend to feel fuller for longer, lowering your chances of snacking as well. If you're pressed for time every morning, try to prep a jar of overnight oats with whey protein to grab and go, or a protein bar to enjoy during your commute.
Caffeine is a certain metabolic booster, given that it naturally boosts your heart rate and energy levels. It doesn't have to be coffee, either. You can have black tea, or caffeine supplements. These also work as excellent inclusions to your pre-workout mix, allowing your muscles to feel more energised prior to hitting the gym so you'll work out harder. If you're sensitive to caffeine, try having green tea. Green tea has ECGC, which is a compound scientifically proven to help you burn fat.
TAKE A FAT BURNER
Fat burners, aside from containing caffeine, typically contain variations of capsaicin. It's what gives chillies their spicy kick, and it is also an excellent compound to incite thermogenesis in your body. Thermogenesis is a process where your body's basal temperature increases, and you produce more heat, which in turn amps up your metabolism and fat burning abilities.
EAT IRON RICH FOODS
In order to burn fat, your muscles need oxygen. Oxygen travels throughout your body in your red blood cells, and as you grow older, iron levels fall causing a dip in oxygen transmission, which in turn lessens your fat burning abilities. Keep your iron up by consuming foods rich in the mineral, like red meats and broccoli, or take an iron supplement.
EAT HIGH PROTEIN FOOD
Protein isn't just the foundation for all serious muscle gainers, but it is a control for your hunger as well. Higher protein diets keep your appetite down, ensuring that you feel satisfied without compromising your diet.
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- January 27, 2017
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