Everybody wants to have more energy and be in better shape. Exercise and diet are important, but there are ways that you can give your body an extra boost. Let’s look at some smart exercise and diet advice to keep your metabolism running efficiently.
First Things First
No matter what you do first thing the morning, do something. If you like to workout then exercise before you eat. Make sure you begin your workout right away. If you wait too long, your body will start to demand fuel and will not tolerate exercise.
The advantage of exercising first thing in the morning is that you burn off yesterday’s fat. If you can’t stand exercise on an empty stomach, then have a small protein shake or maybe an energy bar first. A small bowl of oatmeal is a good choice as well. Don’t eat too much or else you will just be exercising to get rid of your breakfast calories.
If you plan to exercise later in the day, then have a hearty breakfast. In the morning your cortisol levels are high which means your body is trying to boost blood sugar levels to meet the demands of the day. Give your body the fuel it is asking for.
Go For Low Glycemic Index Foods
Low glycemic index foods release sugar gradually into your bloodstream. This helps reduce wide fluctuations in insulin and cortisol level. These foods help you avoid hunger attacks and drowsiness since your body senses a steady supply of nutrition. Some of the best low glycemic foods are:
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat bread
- Tomato juice
- All bran cereals
- Almost all beans, nuts and lentils
Not all exercise is the same. You can go hard on a treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes and burn the same amount of calories. But if you activate more muscle, your body will burn more fat calories than carbohydrate calories.
The best way to activate muscle and burn fat is to exercise at a steady pace on an incline. The best treadmills and ellipticals have incline adjustment. There is a great advantage here versus going outdoors since you can commit your entire workout to incline exercise. Remember, if you climb a real hill you have to spend time descending.
Elliptical trainers take things up a notch since they include handlebars that incorporate the upper body. Some models, like the new Miami, have special handlebars that provide extra intensity and isolation for the abdominal muscles.
How much you sleep and rest has a big impact on your metabolism. Proper rest allows your body to repair itself, and this means you process food in a more efficient way. Studies have shown that too much, or too little, sleep can increase your risk for being overweight. Research from Brigham Young University showed that the optimal sleep time is between 8 and 8.5 hours a night.
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, high intensity exercise (HIT) apparently changes the types of food your desire. When people exercise intensely, their brain responds to images of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. When people are sedentary, their brains respond to images of high calorie foods like fast foods and pastries.
The theory is that it has something to do with thirst stimulation since healthy foods are higher in water content versus high calorie foods.
Take Probiotics – If You Are Female
Probiotics are microorganisms ingested for health and digestive benefits. Your intestinal tract has millions of bacteria living inside and these microorganisms help your body metabolism function normally. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that taking probiotic supplements can help women lose weight. It is not clear yet why the same benefits did not appear in men.
Remember, nobody is going to do it for you. Health is something we achieve and cultivate. It takes some time, but if you put forward a smart and determined effort you are sure to be healthier.
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