As we get older, we wonder what happened to our youthful metabolism. Our once fast metabolism has slowed down. The pounds come on faster and shed slower. Tasty foods are easily remembered when they stick around in the stomach, butt and thighs. While we cannot reverse time and go back to the days of our fast metabolic youth, we can take steps to boost our metabolism for a thinner and healthier body.
Start your day by eating a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is an important meal that plays a key factor in metabolism. After a nighttime sleep with no food, the body is ready to replenish itself with calories and nutrients. If you do not eat breakfast, your metabolism will slow down to conserve energy. Prevent your body's need to conserve energy by eating breakfast to keep your metabolism going strong.
Eat Five Meals a Day
Eat five small meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels stable and to prevent your body from conserving energy. This is the same concept as with eating breakfast. If the body has the calories and nutrients it needs, it will not cause your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Divide up your daily calorie intake into five meals. Choose healthy foods to eat in each of your small meals. Good examples of healthy foods are whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and lean protein.
Participate in cardiovascular exercise every day to boost metabolism. During exercise, your metabolic rate increases and your body burns fat instead of storing it. You will look better and feel better.
Stay away from fad diets and hype-marketed weight-loss supplements. They are not scientifically proven to work and can be dangerous. Fad diets often work by seriously restricting calorie intake, and they tend not to be balanced, which can lead to nutrition deficiencies. Weight-loss supplements are either ineffective or in some cases dangerous. Remember fen-phen? Fen-phen was a so-called magic pill for weight loss. Now it is the subject of lawsuits because of medical problems it caused in some people who used it.
Article Written By Rose Kivi
Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.