Did you know that you burn energy/use calories even while you are asleep? Astonishing, but true. This is known as your resting metabolic rate. The energy burned or calories used up while you sleep is only sufficient “….for the functioning of the vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles, and skin (Wikipedia).”
Your overall metabolic rate includes your resting metabolic rate plus the amount of energy or calories that your body burns or uses up during the day. Your resting metabolic rate or Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) can be calculated using a combination of personal statistics including your age, your weight, your height and your sex. As you age (past age 40), your metabolic rate naturally slows up and you need to do more active work to speed up or maintain your metabolism.
Foods for boosting your METABOLISM:
Breadfruit, Cherry, Wheat Germ, Sweet Potato, Mushroom, Wheat Bran, Protein (Eggs, Fish, Beans, Nuts), Loquat, Chard, Peach Palm.
It is also important that you avoid eating large meals in any one sitting and reduce the amount of time between meals, as this slows down your metabolism. Instead eat small snacks or meal portions every four (4) hours. That way your energy level will not experience drastic fluctuations and your body will burn energy faster. Eating the right foods in the right proportions alone, however will not boost your metabolism. This must be combined with exercise (ideally, 40 minutes daily or at least 20 minutes every other day).
Exercises for boosting your METABOLISM:
High intensity exercises (such as Zumba & Aerobics), Core exercises and other muscle strengthening exercises which build muscle are ideal for helping your body to burn energy and thereby increase your average daily metabolic rate.
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