It is easy to pile the blame of weight gain at a slow rate of metabolism. However, metabolism is a natural process and is regulated by one’s body as per need. Obesity occurs when the rate at which you burn calories is lesser than the rate of calorie consumption. You can boost your metabolic rate by watching what you eat, following an exercise regimen and making the right lifestyle changes.
Here are some simple ways of boosting your metabolism
1. Start your day with lime juice and honey mixed in a glass of lukewarm water to cleanse the body of toxins.
2 . Try different physical activities for 30 minutes daily. Include swimming, running, jogging, dancing, walking, cycling or yoga into your routine.
3 . Never skip Breakfast. Having breakfast regularly helps to jump start your internal metabolic engines.
4 . Eat 6-8 small healthy meals throughout the day rather than 3 or 4 heavy ones. Finish your dinner by 8 p.m. as it is clinically proven that metabolism slows down with sunset.
5 . Spice up your meals. Studies show that dishes heavy on spices can increase your metabolic rate by more than 50%.
6 . Snack healthy. Skip the fattening pizzas, chips and burgers. A handful of unsalted nuts or a seasonal fruit is your key to fitness.
7 . Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Coffee and green tea is good only in moderation. Stop yourself at the third cuppa.
8 . Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. In your office, avoid being seated for more than 30 minutes at a stretch.
9 . Try and go to bed at a fixed time and make sure you get a good 6-7 hours of sleep daily.
10 . Stay away from stress and anxiety as much as possible. Try deep breathing exercises or meditation. You can also resume a teenage hobby like gardening or photography that encourages movement.
Remember that a positive attitude about life and yourself is all you need to get started. It is only by eating right, staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices that you can achieve a visible improvement in your body. Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep moving!