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5 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

1 || Eating so many meals won’t help!

You might hear that eating many small meals throughout the day will boost your metabolism, and that’s only a myth. If you eat 5-6 meals a day you don’t give your body the time it needs to digest and use nutrients. Add to that that your body will constantly be releasing insulin, the fat-storing hormone. When you give your body time to rest between meals, it allows the body to use its stored-up fat energy for fuel.

This way your body won’t depend on carbs for fuel, which allows your blood sugar to stay steady. Therefore, you’ll have fewer cravings. This results in better energy, mental clarity, and a sense of control.

You should also be mindful of what you put into your body. Having fewer cravings doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you like. choose balanced well-portioned meals in order to feel full for longer.

Experts recommend filling the majority of your plate up with above-ground vegetables, four to six ounces of protein, and anti-inflammatory fats like extra virgin olive oil and avocado. Keep your protein intake up—it has a great thermic effect in the body that causes the metabolism to ramp up.

 

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2 || Skipping meals is not an option

Before I start, you should know that skipping meals is something, and thoughtfully planned out intermittent fasting is a completely another thing. When you skip meals you’re sacrificing your muscles, because your body starts using it for fuel. Yes, you heard right! So the thigh or belly fat that you’re hoping to get rid of by skipping your lunch or your so-needed snack will stay there for longer… Why? Simply because when you trick your body into worrying that it might not get fuel for a while, your metabolic rate slows down, so you hang onto your calories longer in case you need them for an emergency. That means your fat stores will be the last to go. It’s a survival thing.

 

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3 || Strenght training is the key

As Suhad mentioned in her article The Miracle Of Muscles In Menopause; “muscles continue to burn calories well after you have finished your workout, improving your metabolism.” Try incorporating weights in your coming workouts alongside yoga, pilates, and cardio and you’ll notice a huge difference in your energy.

 

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4 || Dipping in a hot or cold water

When we think of stress, the first thing that comes to mind is something negative. But have you ever heard of environmental stress? one example of it is temperature, and it’s actually really good for us. Soak your body in a hot or cold bath or sit in the sauna for a great metabolism boost. If soaking your body in cold water is not an option, a rinse in the shower will do. alternating hot and cold water in the shower is always a good idea.

 

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5 || Enough sleep equals great metabolism

Not getting enough sleep has a huge effect on your metabolism, because it disrupts important factors like blood sugar. Add to that, that your hunger hormone ghrelin raises when you don’t sleep for enough hours, hence why you feel so ravenous! Getting enough sleep is the best way to take care of yourself and your metabolism—so start tonight!