There are many safe and effective ways in which metabolism can be increased naturally through healthy living. Everyone can adjust its own metabolism – the rate at which our body burns calories. Metabolism is the procedure of breaking down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in order to release the energy body needs to function properly. Metabolic rate depends on the relations between the quantity of calories one takes and quantity of calories that one burns. People with high metabolisms can generally eat more food without gaining additional weight. However, there are some foods that may increase metabolism
Negative calorie diet
Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuce and zucchini are all metabolism boosting foods. They are also known as “negative calorie foods” because body needs more calories to perform the act of digestion, than the food itself contains. 100 grams of broccoli has 25 calories but it takes 80 calories to digest it. Our body will actually lose 55 calories. This is what makes a negative calorie diet the most effective in weight reduction.
Green tea and coffee intake will also result in burning more calories because of their ability to fasten heart beats as well as running of the brain and nervous system.
Adding spices to food may speed-up the metabolism by about 50%.
Healthy foods divided into small meals more often and in a regular intake keep the metabolism going on. Studies show that, protein rich foods increase the burning of calories by about 25%. You should consume low fat milk products, lean meat, fish, green vegetables and foods high in fibers. At least 2 liters of water will speed up your metabolism while helping the body to get free from toxins.
Certain foods may be better to consume because they raise metabolism by keeping insulin levels low after meals. When insulin levels rise body receives a signal that indicates it’s time to start storing fat and it slows down the metabolism. This results in burning fewer calories. Regular meals are also required to manage insulin properly. Studies show that eating breakfast may raise metabolic rate by 10%.
The best way to rev up metabolism is to increase body’s need for energy by staying active. Increasing the physical activity increases the muscular structure - being more muscular boosts body’s energy needs. Each added pound of muscle burns up to 50 extra calories just to maintain itself. Aerobic exercises increase the heart rate and thus affect the metabolism rate.
Environmental temperature may also affect metabolism and cause its fluctuations to go up or down by 20%. Chilling out or having a hot sauna treatment may help increase metabolic rate.