Tips to Maintain Your Metabolism

    Billie Jean

    When we talk about stimulating metabolism, usually the first thing that comes to our mind is buying pills and supplements, instead of certain foods or drinks. Unfortunately, these pills are usually overpriced, and in some cases even harmful — especially with irregular intake. 

    The truth is that we all tend to look for the easy way out of a situation. If we want to stimulate our metabolism, it would be much more valuable to pay more attention to what we eat, drink and how we exercise. 

    Metabolism is something our body needs every day to perform its vital functions such as maintaining body temperature, breathing and performing physical activity. In other words, it is the rate at which our body turns food substances into energy.

    What affects our metabolism and what determines how fast it will be?
    Metabolism is associated with weight because it affects the amount of energy the body needs at any time. If you take more energy than the body is able to consume, some of the surplus will be stored as fat.

    However, many people are quick to blame 'slow metabolism' for their weight gain, while in fact they need a better selection of foods suitable for their workouts. But the best and long-term way to boost your metabolism is through a balanced diet and regular physical activity. 

    There are many food varieties that can help you. Here are some of the most important ones:

    • Almonds
    • Beans
    • Celery
    • Apples
    • Coconut oil
    • Eggs 
    • Coffee
    • Lemons
    • Peanut butter
    • Garlic
    • Water 
    • Green tea
    • Oat meal 

    And off course, some important tips to speed up your metabolism: 
    First of all, remember to make sure your calories come from good sources. 
    Don’t miss breakfast under any circumstances. After getting up, if you decide to postpone your breakfast with a few hours, you can end up collecting up to 15 hours without any food. Probably nothing would happen the first or the second time but systematic starvation can lead to sleep disruption and slow metabolism. 

    Morning exercises: Some exercise in the morning just before breakfast can increase metabolism. When you wake up, your blood sugar is low and even light aerobic exercise would have a positive impact.
    Eat more often in smaller portions. Even though opinions differ on that one, I highly recommend it. Studies suggest that more frequent meals keep the blood sugar level stable (as long as you make good food choices), supports more stable hormonal levels and reduces hunger. But in the end, total calorie intake has the final word.

    Get out and spend more time in the sun: This will not only make you feel better, but will also stimulate your metabolism. One reason for that is that exposing your bare skin to sunlight is the most natural way to get vitamin D. 

    Get a good night’s sleep: Sleep is important because it lets your body rest and recover effectively. There is a close correlation between hours spent sleeping and the body mass index. Chronic lack of sleep can slow your metabolism, so it is better to sleep at least 6-7 hours a day. Enough sleep is also linked to the release of hormones regulating growth and appetite, directly communicating with the combustion of fat and hence the acceleration of metabolism. 

    Try to reduce stress: Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the body. This is a hormone that mobilizes energy by tapping into the body's fat stores and moving it from one location to another.

    Now that you are familiar with the different foods and drinks that would boost your metabolism, you have to know that this will not only make you lose weight but will also make you feel healthier and better. This is the best you can do for yourself in the long run. 

    Bonus tip: When it comes to healthy eating, it’s not just about what you eat, it’s about how you eat it. As the cooking process takes away some of the food’s nutritional value, you can try with consuming raw nuts, fresh home-made juice and blueberries.

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