Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
If you're interested in losing weight, understanding your metabolism is vital. Metabolism is the speed that your body uses energy and burns calories. If you have a slow metabolism, you'll feel sluggish and put on weight. A faster metabolism allows you to eat normally without getting heavy. However, metabolism tends to slow down as you age unless you do something to keep it revved up.
If you're concerned about those extra pounds, here are six natural ways to shift your metabolism into high gear.
You've probably heard that muscle burns more calories than fat. If you've lost a lot of muscle tone and are gaining weight, building back that muscle will speed up your metabolism. The easiest way to begin building muscle is through regular weight training.
That doesn't mean you necessarily have to join a gym. Building muscle can be done right from home, and for beginners the process can be started by walking. Later, you can incorporate hand weights to gain muscle and get your metabolism moving.
Certain natural ingredients will help increase metabolism. These include green tea and a fruit from the tamarind family called garcinia cambogia. Green tea not only helps you burn extra calories throughout the day, but it's also full of antioxidants.
Garcinia cambogia is known to block an enzyme that makes fat, while at the same time suppresses your appetite. When taken together, these two ingredients stimulate metabolism as part of the popular and positive Thrive side effects.
If you feel your metabolism is slow, take a hard look at your protein intake. Protein-rich foods include eggs, red meat, poultry, Greek yogurt and nuts. Adding extra protein to each meal will boost your metabolism and keep you satisfied. As extra motivation, the calorie burn you experience from adding more protein to your diet will linger all day and into the night. Protein is also needed to help build those muscles you want.
Incorporating a workout into your daily routine works wonders for your metabolism. If you enjoy walking or running, get laced-up. Other good cardio workouts include biking, swimming, skating or joining an aerobics class.
If you're just a beginner, start by walking 15 minutes per day. Work your way up to a half-hour and later to an hour or more. If you can alternate walking and running along your route, that's called high-intensity interval training and it's extremely beneficial to losing weight.
If you love hot food, you're in luck! Hot peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicin that triggers a thermogenic effect when eaten. That means your body generates more heat as you're eating your favorite peppery dish.
Foods that contain capsaicin include jalapeno, cayenne and habanero peppers. The more heat, the more calories burned. You can also get a thermogenic effect from other foods that don't contain capsaicin such as cumin, turmeric, curry, horseradish and wasabi.
You already know that drinking enough water is good for you and helps with weight loss. Did you know that it can also boost your metabolism? Drinking water increases your metabolism by 10 to 30 percent and when that water is cold, the effect is even greater. Water also fills you up and helps you digest food more efficiently, so what's not to love about this beverage you can get straight from the tap?
A slow metabolism can take its toll, allowing you to gain weight quickly and making you feel tired when you shouldn't. The good news is that you can begin fixing it today. Starting an exercise routine and lifting weights will get your metabolism moving at an efficient rate. Adding protein to your diet and staying hydrated will increase it even more.
A normal metabolism makes a tremendous difference in the way you look and feel, and puts you on the road to better health.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.