How To Win The War With Your Metabolism
Metabolism is often the term used by overweight individuals as the fallback scapegoat for why they’re not progressing in their seemingly never-ending battle with weight loss. However, there’s only so many times you can live a sedentary lifestyle while eating 1,500+ calorie meals a day before you can no longer blame metabolism anymore. While it is true that people with slower metabolism will burn food more slowly as the reserves are stored into fat. Increasing your metabolism means your body will burn the food quickly and use up excess fat reserves. Those who complain that their metabolism is working against them don’t know that it’s still their body, so there’s no reason to be upset over the humble bragging of those who have such a high metabolism and can look great in anything with very little effort. They have a degree of control over what happens with it and there is a way to win the war with their metabolism so they can eventually harness its power to work in their favor.
Eat Every Couple Of Hours
This one is a no-brainer. In order to train your body to increase its metabolism, you need to condition it by eating consistently every couple of hours. However, don’t take that as eating giant 1,000+ calorie meals every couple of hours and sitting or napping in between. Your body isn’t going to learn how to quickly process incoming calories if you’re doing nothing to help burn them and taking in thousands at a time. On the flip side, not eating enough calories per meal can also slow your metabolism. Your body will go into starvation mode and conserve what little calories you’re putting into your body. The best way to train your metabolism and use it to fight your battles is eat small but healthy meals every couple of hours. Assuming you live a sedentary lifestyle, you’ll want to stick to about 2,000 calories. Divide that among four meals a day and that’s about 500 calories a meal. That might not sound like a lot, but you can achieve that through filling foods from salads to pastas. Diets where people purposely skip meals are at risk of blood pressure issues and is not a good long-term lifestyle. In fact, when your blood sugar drops after skipping a meal your body burns muscle instead of the fat. The more your fat collects, the slower your metabolism will be. If you’re going to follow the advice of eating every couple of hours you’re going to want to consume more food that helps cleanse your system such as high-fiber fruits. By the end of the day you’ll want to make sure you have a healthy combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates to keep your blood sugar in order because if you have constant drops and spikes in blood sugar it will do a number on your metabolism. On top of eating every couple of hours you’ll want to mix in metabolic resistance training every other day.
Metabolic Resistance Training
Metabolic resistance training has the metabolic term right in the title and is one of the best ways to speed up your metabolism. Going from a sedentary lifestyle to high intensity training with little rest in between might make you wish you could just continue an unhealthy lifestyle with a slower metabolism, but if you wish to win the war against your metabolism then you need to consider getting off your sofa from time to time and hitting the weights. Metabolic resistance training is the best workout type if you want to increase your metabolic rate on top of maximizing your calorie burn. This type of training takes the least amount of time to do, so it’s great for those who don’t have a lot of time to spend or even go to the gym. You could even do these exercises from the comfort of your home. You need to make sure you’re not getting a lot of rest time between metabolic resistance training workouts. In fact, you’ll want to perform one set, then rest for half a minute, another set, then rest for half a minute at least three days a week. Metabolic resistance training can be done in only thirty minutes a day. It’s suggested to get with a personal trainer first so you can learn proper form first or risk injury. If you get injured then you’ll become even more sedentary and risk letting your metabolism control you for the rest of your life. Metabolic resistance training also has sleep quality benefits that could also lead to a boost in your metabolism.
When in doubt, reach for a cup of water. Drinking water is good for your overall health, but it also helps boost your metabolism as well. However, if you’re looking to use water as a tool to win the war against your metabolism then you need to reach for cold water in your efforts. Why cold water? Your metabolism goes into overdrive when your body takes in cold water because it needs to expend more energy to heat water to the point where it can match your body temperature. You’ll want to consume at least half a gallon of water a day. Drinking water doesn’t just increase your metabolic rate, but it also leads to a domino effect of making better decisions that could lead to increasing your metabolism as well. If you start making a habit of putting down the alcohol and sugary drinks in exchange for a bottle of water then you’ll feel good enough to make more healthy habits that will eventually lead to overall weight loss and an increase in metabolism.
Don’t fall back on using metabolism as an excuse for being overweight. Unlike other bodily processes, metabolism is something you can control and influence to work for you instead of against you. From eating smaller and more often to drinking cold water, you too can eventually condition your metabolism to be more efficient in burning calories.