Thursday, 12 April 2012

Speeding up your metabolism

Many people trying to lose fat reach for drastic methods like limiting their calories too much or even starving. In fact, it's bad for your body and doesn't help you to lose fat. Instead of starving yourself, you should try these tips:

1. Eating often
Try eating at least 5 times a day, or go for 6-7 if it's possible. Have a small meal every 2-3 hours, and never skip a meal - it will do no good. If you are at work or school most of the day like me, prepare your food the previous day or in the morning and take it with you. Note that the meals should be small - not the size you were used to before, when eating 3 huge meals.

2. Have a breakfast
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, the "starter" for your body. Have everything in it.
- for proteins you can choose eggs, milk or other dairy products - you can also go for a protein shake
- for carbohydrates, have a whole wheat bread, a banana, or any mix of berries
- for fats, I like to go for peanut butter or some fish

3. Protein
Eating protein with every meal will help you feel more full - as apposed to most of the diets which will left you hungry and crazy for more food. Protein also help body release and burn fats.

4. Drinking
Water. Drink it. And drink a lot of it. There's no better drink than water to keep you hydrated, and since it has 0 calories, you can have as much of it as you want. Suggested amount is at least 3 litres per day - but my personal advice is to go for 4-5 litres.

5. Sleep
Try to have a good night sleep - about 8 hours. If you wake up in the morning after a short and bad quality sleep, your body will be tired and incapable of processing calories, because it didn't get enough time to repair muscles and grow. This could lead to storing additional fat in the body and slowing your metabolism.

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