Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Dealing with cravings for foods you know aren’t great for you? Holding onto stubborn weight that just won’t budge — no matter what you do?
Chances are, your metabolism is to blame.
Your metabolic rate is not set and you can reset your metabolism by eating certain foods and supplements or by working out and building muscle. Influencing your body to break down food and transform it into energy more efficiently is totally possible, it just takes a little effort.
Here are the exact steps you can take to reset your metabolism.
Eat protein at every meal - Your body burns more calories digesting protein than other macronutrients. Protein helps build lean muscle, which increases the body’s resting metabolic rate in itself.
Drink water – The study from “the journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism”, which found 500 milliliters of water increased the metabolism of both men and women by a whopping 30 percent. So drink lots of water, it may increase your energy and metabolic rate more than you know.
Get a good night’s sleep – It sounds obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Poor sleeping habits disrupts the metabolism of both male and female adults, studies show.
Work out – High intensity workouts has been shown to offer quick results, so opt in for a HIIT workout if you’re looking to speed up your metabolism. High-intensity interval training is basically any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest.
Don’t under eat - In order to speed up your metabolism, you must eat enough calories for your body. The goal is not to under-eat! If you aren't consuming enough calories, you will lose muscle mass, and ultimately your metabolism will slow down. The trick is to choose nutrient-dense foods that will keep your body nourished and your hunger satiated.
After all, if you want to see real, lasting changes to your metabolism, you’ll need to commit to real, lasting changes in your diet and lifestyle.