Getting your metabolism up can help in to get started on working off the holiday weight or making a jump start on your goal of getting back to that weight you had when you were 25. Actually making it happen is a little harder though, so take a look at these four secrets to jump start your metabolism that will have your metabolism working overtime, helping you to burn the fat that’s settled in undesirable places.
Load Up on Lean Proteins
Leans proteins are the building blocks of healthy muscle and the more muscle you have the more your body burns off excess fat and calories. Include proteins such as salmon, tuna, lean meats, poultry and beans to help your body burn calories and gain the energy you need to work off even more without loading up on unnecessary calories to stay full. You don’t want to eat too much protein though, so stick to at 30 grams of protein a day as more than that gets stored as fat.
Tone Down Your Stress Levels
Stress seems like a nonrelated thing to your metabolism, but too much stress and anxiety can cause your adrenal gland to put out an excess amount of cortisol in your body. The stress hormone known as cortisol can affect how your metabolism stores fat, allowing your body to store more fat around your belly and making it harder to work off that paunch that’s been sticking around for the last few years.
Get Serious About Cardio
Cardio workouts have an amazing ability to help your body work off excess calories and fat by getting your heart rate up, but did you know that a 45 minute cardio workout can raise your RMR by 37 percent for up to 14 hours after a workout? The longer your heart rate stays up the longer your body burns up the weight settling around your body, so try an incorporate at least 45 minutes of healthy cardio everyday to help get your metabolism in gear.
Get a Good Rest Every Night
Did you know that if you have less than 6 ½ hours of sleep for three days in a row that you are technically sleep deprived? It is a startling fact and sadly many people live a great deal of their lives sleep deprived because they don’t get a good rest regularly, and in doing so they mess up their body’s metabolism. When your body is sleep deprived it can raise the production of the hormone ghrelin which makes you hungry and can low the hormone known as leptin which tells you to stop eating. By getting a good night’s rest your metabolism stays level, allowing you to regularly burn more calories throughout the day.