Wondering how to speed up your metabolism and lose weight faster and more efficiently? Who hasn’t? Luckily, you can boost your metabolism by choosing the right food. And with regular exercise, you’ll see the pounds drop in no time.
What you eat plays a big role in how your metabolism works—that’s no secret. Here, we’ll tell you which foods in particular accelerate and stimulate the process.
What is your metabolism?
A metabolism is the set of biochemical processes and operations that take place in living beings, specifically in cells. There are two main types of metabolism: anabolism and catabolism.
This type of metabolism is what enables your body to break down food. More precisely: during catabolism, the nutrients from your food will be transformed into chemical compounds.
Here is the transformation process that takes place during catabolism:
Carbohydrates transform into simple sugars
Proteins transform into amino acids
Fats transform into fatty acids and glycerin
While catabolism is the process that breaks down food, anabolism is the opposite. It uses the compounds broken down during catabolism to help the body build muscle and bone mass.
STIMULATING THE METABOLISM: WEIGHT LOSS AND MUSCLE BUILDING
Most people assume that anabolism is most responsible for stimulating your metabolism because the process uses energy, unlike catabolism which creates energy. And, it’s true, anabolism can help you burn fat. In any case, both catabolism and anabolism are closely linked and always interacting, which is why both are important when it comes to losing weight.
Since anabolism is responsible for turning protein into muscle mass, it plays a huge role in the process of muscle development. If you give your body enough muscle fuel in the form of protein, you’ll be able to develop muscle efficiently.
How can you stimulate your metabolism?
Before we tell you which foods are best for speeding up your metabolism, here are some important basics:
Poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products are great sources of protein. Our Organic Protein is also a great way to get the boost you need.
The MCT fatty acids (medium chain fatty acids) in coconut oil give you energy immediately.
This oil is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Since they can’t be synthesized by the body, these acids help to stabilize blood pressure instead.
This fruit is also rich in healthy fats, and it contains micronutrients such as vitamin B3 and B6.
The beta-glucans in oats can help reduce blood sugar levels, which can prevent you from feeling too hungry too quickly.
Fish and seafood
Fatty fish are often rich in iodine, which is involved in metabolic upkeep.
This fruit contains vitamin E, which protects your cells from oxidative stress.
With only 20 calories per 100 g, asparagus is great for any weight loss plan.
Stimulating your metabolism with exercise
Power training More muscle = less fat. It’s a simple equation. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. And not just when you’re doing a hard workout: The more muscular you are, the more calories you’ll burn even when you’re just chilling on the couch.
If you do regular strength training, not only will you see your muscles grow, but you’ll also benefit from the afterburn effect, which is particularly noticeable after a HIIT session.
During intense cardio training you also stimulate your metabolism quite a bit. Through jogging, cycling, and swimming, among other activities, your body will burn both calories and fat faster.
Stimulating your metabolism with relaxation.
It’s no secret that stress tends to result in stress cravings. But the more we yield to our desire for sweet treats and salty snacks, the more our blood sugar levels will rise, and the more fat our bodies will store.
That’s why it’s important to find a balance between healthy eating and regular exercise that won’t stress you out and lead you to unwanted cravings. And if you do get hungry, healthy snacks are always an option.
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