Metabolism is our body’s ability to burn calories throughout the day, even while we are resting. The amount of calories our body is burning at any given point in time is called our metabolic rate.
The Metabolic rate fluctuates throughout the day mainly due to activity level, , and some people have the ability to burn more calories than others, even while they are doing the same activities.
If we are being more active at that moment, what do you think happens to our metabolic rate? You got it! It increases. How about if we are resting? You’re right; metabolic rate decreases.
There are several factors affecting our metabolism. Some of them we don’t have much control over such as our age, our gender and our genetics. However there are a few methods to boost your metabolism in order to burn more calories;
- Focus on high intensity
Focus on high intensity during your workouts. Increase intensity in order to maximize calorie burn not just during the workout, but also post workout and while the body is in rest state.
At Curves we focus on high intensity workouts that are not only helping us burn more calories during that workout session, but also later on while we are at rest as we increase lean muscle mass.
- Take part in Strength Training
One factor affecting metabolism or our metabolic rate that we can control, is lean muscle mass! Building muscles helps us boost metabolism; as we increase lean muscle mass in our body, we increase our metabolism as well. This is a major reason we stress the importance of strength training at Curves and combine cardio exercise with strength training to build muscles.
- Drink more water
Start your morning with an ice-cold glass of water. Researchers at the University of Utah found that volunteers who drank eight to 12 eight-ounce glasses of water per day had higher metabolic rates than those who drank only four glasses.
- Eat more protein
Add protein to every meal; this will help build and maintain lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat does, even at rest. Aim for about 30 grams of protein—the equivalent of about one cup of low-fat cottage cheese or a four-ounce boneless chicken breast—at each meal.
- Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains a plant compound called ECGC, which promotes fat burning. A recent study found that people who consume the equivalent of three to five cups a day for 12 weeks decreased their body weight by a whopping 4.6 percent. For maximum effect, let your tea steep for three minutes and drink it while it's still hot.
Your metabolism will change slightly from day to day. But if you can learn how to manage and maintain a healthy metabolism on a regular basis, weight loss and weight maintenance will be easier.