If you have been skipping workouts and overindulging, chances are you are feeling sluggish and a little off track. Here are a few simple tips to help get you back on track, boost your metabolism naturally and increase energy.
Sleep habits and metabolism are intertwined. Sleep deprivation can have an significant impact on your metabolism, including increasing your risk of developing type II diabetes.
A lack of sleep also increases appetite by increasing the production of leptin in the body. Try turning off all electronic devices at least 1hr before going to bed. The light from the devices can decrease the production of melatonin which signals the body to rest.
MODERATE CAFFEINE INTAKE
Green tea and black coffee both have proven metabolic benefits and an abundance of antioxidants. Remember to moderate intake before bedtime as it may reduce the quality and quantity of your sleep.
SHOCK YOUR BODY
Your body and your metabolism reap serious benefits when you switch it up. Try taking up a new and different activity to complete your current routine and surprise your body. A change in training stimulus has positive effects on increasing metabolic rate.
Having a higher muscle mass means a higher resting metabolic rate. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn for the hours outside of your workout.
Drink regularly throughout the day to keep the body at peak hydration. Drinking 2-3 cups of water upon waking can help increase metabolic rate for the day by up to 30%. Be aware of your intake when doing high intensity activity. You will need to add 1L of water for every litre you lose through sweat.
Eating spicy food reduces the appetite, creates feelings of fullness and increases the metabolic rate slightly by increasing the thermic effect of food.
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