Energy is a primary requirement of body. Whether in motion or at rest, body demands sufficient energy to carry out its functions. Even while body is at rest, it conducts various activities like breathing, adjusting hormone levels, circulating blood, and repairing cells. In order to carry out the basic functions, body uses calories. The number of calories used is known as the basic metabolic rate or metabolism.
Metabolism is a complex biochemical procedure through which body converts food and drinks into energy. During its process, it combines food and beverages with oxygen and releases energy so that the body can function effectively. A number of factors signify the metabolic rate of an individual.
Metabolism and body weight are inversely proportional. Increased metabolic rates bring down weight whereas slower rate of metabolism contributes to weight gain. Slow metabolism happens from two reasons- medical problems like Crushing’s Syndrome and Hypothyroidism; and a combination of human-driven factors including genetic mechanisms, hormonal controls, inadequate sleep, less physical activities, increased stress, anxiety and depression.
Any of the above conditions causes an imbalance in the energy equation. People therefore end up eating more calories and burning lesser calories they consume. And, in order to bring weight under control, body has to increase its rate of metabolism. People need to create an energy deficit increase their physical movements.
Physical activities especially exercises are ideal for boosting metabolism. As people workout, their muscles remain tight and stable even at matured ages. This prevents slowing down of body’s metabolism and keeps body live and active. High-intensity aerobic exercises and weight lifting can have maximum effect in increasing body’s metabolism.
Besides physical activities, nutrition is another major factor that influences the basic metabolic rate of body. Most people have a habit of eating fewer times in a day and consuming larger quantities of food while they eat. This is however a bad practice which further slows down the metabolic rate. Long gap between meals causes the body to compensate its metabolism. As an alternative, people must take smaller quantities of food and eat frequently. By doing so, their body will increase its metabolism.
The best way to maximise metabolism with a proper nutritious diet is by starting the day with a healthy breakfast. According to research, people having healthy breakfast on a regular basis have lower amount of body fat than those skipping the first meal of the day.
Besides eating well, drinking sufficient amount of water also boosts the efficiency of metabolism. It’s essential to keep the body hydrated, all the time. Dehydration decreases the body temperature which makes the body store higher amount of fat for maintaining the temperature. Such a condition severely reduces the metabolic rate. Water mobilizes fat content, whereas dehydration promotes higher amount of fat.
Incorporating the following foods in regular diet will boost metabolism and maintain good health.
Pills and supplements won’t reduce metabolism, until people eat well, drink sufficient water and follow a healthy lifestyle. Although there are companies claiming to increase metabolic rates through pills and artificial supplements; however things don’t work in this fashion.
On the contrary, natural supplements have greater potential to boost metabolism. Extracts from green tea; caffeine, and ephedrine are proven to stimulate body’s metabolic rates.
Naturally, metabolism reduces with higher calorie consumption along with lesser physical movement. After consuming high-calorie of fatty food, people must immediately burn it out through some activities. This will maintain normal metabolic rate and will prevent weight issues in the long run.
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