Metabolism is a simple concept: You eat food, and your body burns it to generate energy. And if your body doesn’t do this fast enough, then what you ate gets stored in your body as fat.
Now this may be an over-simplification, but one thing is clear: The faster our body burns calories, the lesser it accumulates.
A recent article in the Health magazine explores 11 ways in which you can accelerate your metabolism (i.e., burn calories faster). Here’s the summary:
- Ramp up the intensity of your run/jog/walk/swim for 30-second intervals. Such periodic “boosts” accelerate the metabolism
- Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate metabolism. Sources include fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and eggs
- Strength-training (to increase muscle mass) burns calories faster
- Green tea improves fat oxidation
- Don’t slash your calorie intake – it makes your body put the brakes on fat-burning to conserve energy
- A robust workout helps the body keep burning calories till hours after the workout is finished
- Don’t skip breakfast – Eating a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after waking up kick-starts your metabolism
- Noshing throughout the day helps curb hunger and eat fewer calories overall
- Avoid trans-fat – It binds to liver cells and slows down the body’s ability to burn fat. Usually found in fried food and snacks (e.g., potato chips)
- Organic fruits, vegetables, and grains (pesticide-free) keep the thyroid healthy and hence the fat-burning system efficient
- Have more protein – Since it takes longer to burn protein than carbs or fat, your body expends more energy absorbing the nutrients in a high-protein diet
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