Metabolism accounts for the sum of all the entire chemical processes that takes place in the human body, which builds the cells that makes up the whole body. You might have once wondered how exactly you derive the energy you use for work, in return for eating food or probably you marvelled at how eating proteins makes you develop in size.
Metabolism, an enzyme-activated chemical process that occurs in living organism (including humans) takes up the challenge of providing energy for vital processes by burning the calories you consume, and for synthesizing new organic materials.
“Boosting” one’s metabolism therefore, involves increasing the rate of chemical processes in the body. Achieving this depends on factors including the types of food you consume, how energetic you are and how long nap you get.
Another major factor in your natural metabolism is genetics. However, one can undertake some activities to increase metabolism.
1. Drink water early in the morning
A German research concluded that drinking about 17 ounces of water, at wake up, is capable of boosting metabolism for an hour by 30%. In reality, staying hydrated is good for healthy living, but the fact is, water also adds up to few calories for the day.
2. Eat meals with high fiber and protein content
The body tends to store fat instead burning it when you eat much refined carbohydrate. This is caused by change in the insulin levels in the blood. Burning these fats can be helped by taking food that has high fibre and high protein content, to boost the metabolic rate of the body by balancing the insulin levels throughout the day. Such food includes oatmeal, egg and fresh fruit.
3. Never skip breakfast
If you are going to miss any meal at all, don’t’ miss breakfast. Quite a number of people skips breakfast to reduce calories which has been ruled wrong by a Harvard University study that say that there is a risk of developing type 2 diabetes from missing breakfast due to its effect on insulin level. At wake up, ensure to eat a healthy meal even if you are not a devotee of breakfast.
4. Morning workout helps too
You can boost your metabolism as well as burn calories by doing a workout every morning. This also help blood pump into and out of the heart. The workout should be as stress less as possible because intense exercise may result in “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC), which increases metabolism beyond the normal rate throughout the day.