Have you tried many diets and found that over a period of time it just keeps getting harder and harder to lose weight? You might’ve put it down to a slow metabolism and all but given up. However, there is hope! There are ways to increase your metabolism and get your body burning maximum kilojoules again.
Firstly, what is metabolism? Metabolism is the process that occurs when your body breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats and transforms it into energy for the body. The rate can be affected by the amount of food you consume, the amount of kilojoules you burn while eating and exercising and also your genetics.
Not everyone burns kilojoules at the same rate – for example, your age, gender and lean muscle mass will affect the rate at which your metabolism burns energy.
Exercise is the number one metabolism booster available. Cardio workouts that get the heart pumping, the lungs puffing and the sweat dripping will work to burn kilojoules short term; whereas weight-lifting and resistance training builds muscle tissue which will keep the metabolism firing for the long term. Take exercise and movement as an opportunity, rather than a chore. Remember how great it feels to get outdoors and go for a walk or jog? Get the endorphins flowing and you’ll feel great!
Another metabolism booster is to avoid skipping meals – have your 3 meals a day and 2-3 mid meal snacks. Snacks helps to keep you from getting over-hungry at your next meal, and skipping meals can cause a reduction in metabolism as your body goes into kilojoule-conserving survival mode.
There are some foods which have been found to increase metabolism, such as chilli, green tea, caffeine and fish oil, but more research needs to be done.
We, your local dietitians, are here to provide you with individualized advice so if you feel that your metabolism needs a boost, give us a call and make an appointment – we would love to help.