As defined by the Mayo Clinic, metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. The body expends energy even when you are at rest. You burn calories sitting on the couch all day but there are ways to boost your metabolism to burn even more calories.
There are several factors that influence your metabolism:
Your genes – You can to some extent have a slow or fast metabolism based on your genetic composition.
Your age – After the age of 30, the amount of calories you burn slows down as your muscle mass naturally decreases with age. Weight loss becomes harder, while gaining weight becomes easy. Your muscles also lose tone and that explains all that sagging that occurs right after 30.
Your muscle mass – You will burn more calories the more muscle you have. This is because building and maintaining muscle requires more energy than you would need if you have a higher fat percentage.
Your level of activity – The more active you are, the more calories you burn.
Your thyroid function – An overactive or underactive thyroid could have an impact on your metabolism.
Your sex – men burn more calories than women because they have a higher percentage of muscle mass.
The following are the 4 ways to boost your metabolism naturally and become a calorie burning machine:
- Turn up the heat
Spice up your meals with chilli peppers. They contain a compound Capsaicin which is known to temporally raise your body temperature, which in turn boosts your metabolism. Turn up the heat of your foods with red peepers, Tobasco sauce, cayenne, turmeric and chilli powders.
- Chug coffee
Drink 1-3 cups of coffee a day. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and speeds up your metabolic burn.
If you can, avoid putting sugar and cream in your coffee as they adds extra calories.
- Increase your muscle mass
As stated above, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Incorporate weight training into your workout regimen to speed up metabolism. Lift weights, and if you are a woman, don’t be afraid to play with iron; you will not get bulky unless you are consuming more calories than you actually burning.
- Exercise regularly
Rev up your metabolism by maintaining a regular schedule of physical activity. Yes, you will burn calories just by breathing but that is not good enough. Exercising has so many benefits such as boosting your immune system and lowering your stress levels. An even better way to turn your body into a fat incinerator, is to step it up a notch higher and perform High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) instead of steady, low intensity exercises. Performing HIIT exercises will boost your metabolism because you will continue to burn calories for hours after your workout.