Whether your fitness goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, metabolic rate plays an important role in your fitness journey. As you may already know, metabolic rate is the rate at which your body converts calories into energy.
The higher your metabolic rate, the faster you will reach your goal. As our body ages, so does our metabolism.
While there isn’t much we can do to change our genes, there are some lifestyle changes and tips that we can implement
to improve our metabolism. Oh, and these tips are based on pure science.
1. Drink green tea or oolong tea
Both green and oolong teas appear to increase your metabolic rate by at least 4-5%. Not only that, if you are trying to lose weight these teas are perfect for you. It is also proven to speed up the fat burning process by 10-17%. However, the effects of these teas can vary from body to body. In the end, it will benefit you, be it in a small or large way.
2. With coconut oil
Edible oils are usually very rich in saturated fats. Unlike other oils that are high in long chain fats, coconut oil is high in medium chain fats. This is beneficial to you as medium chain fats can increase your metabolism by 18%. Because of this, the use of coconut oil for cooking has become increasingly popular in recent years.
3. Eat at regular time intervals
You may have heard that skipping meals or long hours without eating can lead to weight gain.
This happens because instead of burning calories for energy, your body begins to store fat. If you don’t burn that many calories, your metabolism will also slow down. So make sure you keep snacking between meals.
4. Weight training
Lifting weights or doing strength training can improve your metabolism. The logic behind this is simple. Weight training helps you build muscle. The more muscles you have, the more energy you need to maintain them. Hence, your metabolic rate will automatically get high.
5. HIIT workouts
High intensity interval training is a great form of exercise and is known for maximizing calorie consumption. It
alternates between high and low intensity exercises that keep your heart pumping longer. This means that you can burn calories more efficiently, which automatically stabilizes your metabolism.
The bottom line
After the lazy year we’ve had, our bodies need that extra boost to get back on track. Whether you work
Sitting in front of a laptop all day or studying from home will slow down your metabolism. So go ahead and give your body the boost it needs!
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