5 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN

As you age, your metabolism naturally slows. The market is flooded with dangerous pills that claim to enhance metabolism, when they actually destroy it. Though you can’t change nature, you can certainly make changes in your daily habits to naturally boost your metabolism. Try these 5 ways to boost your metabolism, and regain your energy while improving your vitality.

  • Never skip breakfast: If you sleep for 8 hours and your last meal was 2 hours before bedtime, then when you wake your body has gone nearly half a day without food. The last thing your body needs is more hours without nutrients. Eating a breakfast filled with whole foods will give you enough energy to make it through the morning and let your body know that it’s not being starved.

  • Never skip a meal: your entire body is one giant building block that thrives on the nutrients you put into it. Skipping meals or starving yourself to lose weight has a harmful effect on your metabolism. As your body is deprived of vital nutrients, your metabolism slows to thrive on what little food it receives. If you’ve ever tried crash dieting, then you realize this effect. You may initially lose weight, but you also lose energy. Once you start eating normally again, your body doesn’t know how to expend the added calories and you begin gaining back the weight you lost.

  • Eat often: eating every 2 to 3 hours will stabilize your metabolism and constant provided a sustained energy to your body. Portion control is key when eating frequently. Eat small meals consisting of complex carbohydrates, lean protein sources, and healthy fats.

  • Train for strength and endurance: lifting weights will increase your bone density, build lean, strong muscle, improve your vitality, and your overall quality of life. Strength training 3 times per week is enough to add years to your life. Add in 2 sessions of cardiovascular exercise to boost your heart health and provide you with sustained energy all day long.

  • Drink your water: your body needs water to work effectively. There is no way around it. Chemical laden drinks like sodas, coffees, and energy drinks strip your bones of calcium, dehydrate you, and deprive your body of nutrients. Stick to drinking at least 1 liter of water a day and stay away from harmful drinks filled with chemicals.

Increasing your metabolism will benefit you in more ways than you can count. Here are just a few:

  • The greater your metabolic rate, the less exercise you require to maintain a healthy weight

  • You can enjoy every bit of food by eating more frequently

  • You avoid crash dieting that causes you to lose energy and gain weight back

  • Increase your bodies ability to use nutrients more efficiently


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