Your metabolism is your body’s biochemical activity that regulates the conversion of calories into energy. A slow metabolism is slow to convert calories into energy and can cause the body to store fat. A fast metabolism operates in converse fashion, quickly using energy and not storing it. Your body’s metabolism is controlled by your thyroid gland and a sluggish thyroid can cause metabolic deficiencies, leading to an increase in fat stores. In fact, an inefficient metabolism is a very common causes of weight gain. There’s good news, however, as it’s often possible to naturally and efficiently increase your body’s metabolic rate.
Improve Your Diet
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that most suggestions start out with a dietary evaluation. There’s a reason for this recommendation. A very large percentage of the problems a very large percentage of the people experience can be attributed to poor dietary choices that revolve around foods lacking nutritional value. Unfortunately, “garbage in, garbage out” becomes a real way of life for some people. GMO’s, highly processed foods, refined sugars, and other no-nutrient foods should absolutely be removed; the stuff is a detriment and provides no benefit. Your body can’t run at peak performance if you’re giving it sub-par fuel. If your diet includes foods that are high in empty calories and toxins, replace them with fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Try it for a month and drink a substantially hydrating amount of purified water as well. Your mind will be blown at how adopting a raw and organic diet will make you feel.
Snacks should consist of protein-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and hemp milk. The amino acids in protein make the body work harder to break it down, so more calories are burned in the process.
Fruits and vegetables are both cornerstones to a healthy diet and integrating a variety of items from both food groups is a must. Don’t believe one apple a week or two carrot sticks at lunch is going to cut it, you need to establish regular habits, not an occasional “good try.” Fruits include the archetypal apple, mangos, and grapefruit. Fruit, by the way, is the menu choice for breakfast in the morning, and grapefruit is a classic breakfast choice.
The list of vegetables that can stimulate metabolic rates is even more extensive. Spinach, onions, tomatoes, avocados, celery, and garlic are just a few examples of the many varieties of organic vegetables that will increase your metabolism.