If you’ve tried to lose weight before you are probably too familiar with the numerous roadblocks that can prevent your from losing weight. Your weight loss plans can be railroaded by tempting junk food, emotional issues, boredom, failure to exercise and genetics. But do you know that your metabolism has a lot to do with how much weight you lose?
Yes, that’s right. Simply put, your metabolism is a chemical process that involves the conversion of food into fuel and the rate at which your body burns food/calories. Your metabolic rate is important to your weight loss plans because it determines the amount of calories you are able to burn. The higher your metabolic rate the more calories you burn. And the more calories you burn, the more you lose weight.
So for the best weight loss results try to avoid the roadblocks that keep you from losing weight. Instead, try to increase the ways to speed up your metabolism so that you can lose weight. Here are five ways you can speed up your metabolism and lose weight:
1. Eat Breakfast
One way to speed up your metabolism and lose weight is to eat breakfast. You should not skip breakfast when you are trying t lose weight. That’s because skipping breakfast actually causes your body to store fat, not burn it. When you don’t eat for more than eight hours your body goes into “starvation mode” and begins to store fat in order to protect itself. So skipping out on breakfast regularly during a weight loss regimen will create the opposite effects. Besides, when you skip breakfast you are more than likely to pig out at lunch.
2. Increase your protein intake
Increasing your protein intake will speed up your metabolic rate and help you lose weight. Protein is the hardest nutrient to burn, so you burn more calories getting rid of them. Experts believe that eating more protein can boost your metabolic tare and help you lose weight by burning about 150 to 200 calories a day. So try to include more chicken, fish, lean meats and nuts to your weight loss plan.
3. Eat smaller meals frequently
By eating smaller meals frequently you can help to speed up your metabolic rate and lose weight. Try to eat six small meals a day instead of the usual three meals a day. Eating small meals at an interval of three hours will help your metabolic rate to adjust to burning calories every three hours, instead of the long time span between breakfast, lunch and dinner. The longer you take to eat, the more your body stores fat, so snack throughout the day and “trick” your body into burning calories around the clock. For optimal weight loss results try to eat low calorie, low-carb and high protein meals at snack time.
4. Train with weights and/or exercise intensely
Strength training and high intensity workouts can boost your metabolic rate and help you lose weight. A person who has muscles burns twice as much calories per day someone who doesn’t. But you don’t have to be in the gym 24/7 to speed up your metabolic rate and lose weight. Once you’ve started pumping iron and/or working out intensely, your body will build muscles that will cause you to burn more calories and fat per day even when you are at home sitting and watching TV. So try to build muscles through strength training or exercise to burn more fat and lose weight.
5. Don’t eat at nights
At nights the body prepares itself for sleep and it naturally begins to slow down. One way in which the body slows down is in its metabolic rate. You are more likely to gain weight when you eat at nights because your metabolic rate slows down and you are no longer active so you don’t burn many calories. Eating at bed time especially can cause you to gain a lot of weight, not lose weight as the body will store fat during sleep and go into “starvation mode”. So avoid eating food after 9 pm.
You can boost your weight loss plans by following these five steps to boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. You can overcome the obstacles to your weight loss plans with dedication and a little know how. And now that you have the knowledge to speed up your metabolism to lose weight, you can tackle your weight loss plans easier.